Laetitia Hussain and I have donated playing card designs for this Saturday’s Playing With a Full Deck show at the Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) gallery in Catskill. Organized by Fawn Potash, the show features works from 52 artists—some as well-known internationally as Kiki Smith, as appreciated regionally as Kenny Polinskie, and others as obscure as, well, me. The opening is from 5-7 pm.
Potash has printed up full decks of the art cards, which now are available online prior to the opening for $35, or $50 once the show debuts. An uncut print of all the cards as a single sheet poster is likewise available at the same prices... Each deck purchase includes an option to play in GCCA’s charity poker tournament on February 8th at 6 pm, featuring prizes donated by area business. Packs can be purchased in advance, or at the door.
Richard used to rent a place
next to the church on Union
Street, and also in my barn
behind Curtiss House, mainly
for spraypainting some of his
deeply, appealingly weird wire figures.
As the link above notes, Artschwager works could not be fit into any neat category; his art was truly sui generis. I remember being both baffled and charmed when I first saw his drawings and sculpture in person (as opposed to reproductions) in Soho at Mary Boone in the early ’90s. The bafflement was part of the charm. He truly made art only for its own sake, following his own peculiar path.
I saw his wife Ann just a
few days ago in T.J. Maxx
of all places. She mentioned
that Richard’s retrospective at
the Whitney was just closing,
and moving on to L.A. It’s at least wonderful that the
retro happened in his lifetime.
Some 22 years ago, my first paid writing gig was for a British magazine, reviewing a Ralph Earl show at The Wadsworth Athenaeum, which was then celebrating its 100th Anniversary. A short business trip to the Hartford area brought me back to the Wadsworth for the first time since then. And I found its eclectic collections just as impressive as two decades ago.
Now, many regional museums have eclectic collections. It’s a function of availability and necessity—they take whatever they can get, by any reasonably-recognizable artis. But the Wadsworth is both eclectic and selective, with deep, well-chosen areas of expertise from early American furniture and painting to Minimalism (Sol Lewitt in particular).
There isn’t much else to see in Hartford, but if you’re ever in the area it’s absolutely worth a visit... Below is a gallery of some additional cameraphone shots of rooms and pieces there.
Thursday through Sunday are the last four days to see Laetitia Hussain’s three-story elevator shaft installation, Sycamophology, at John Davis Gallery in Hudson (362 1/2 Warren Street) before it comes down—along with the rest of the excellent group show of which it is a part. The gallery is open from 11 am to 5 pm.
The event, which featured an installation of Puryear’s work Vessel, also included a performance on a 300-year-old standup bass, a catalog essay by Carter Ratcliffe, and a separate gallery of paintings by Wides’ husband Jim Holl:
The interview by Andrew Goldman is lively, but he seems a bit more intent on gathering gossip about the artist’s love life and appearance than having a substantive discussion of her art. Perhaps as a result, the comments so far on the article are pretty much of the know-nothing, dismissive variety that Abramović has endured for much of her career, and of which the documentary (shown recently at the Berkshire International Film Festival) makes mincemeat.