This catalog celebrates Charles White’s remarkable career and legacy and the generous gift of artworks to The University of Texas from Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon, lifelong friends of White and his wife, Frances. Edited by Veronica Roberts, with essays by Esther Adler, Carter E. Foster, Edmund T. Gordon, Edmund W. Gordon, Rudolph H. Green, Ashley James, John P. Murphy, Jared Quinton, Veronica Roberts, Cherise Smith, and Phillip A. Townsend.
Link to a review of exhibition catalogue, ‘For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design,’ published in The Burlington Magazine.
Joined a faculty panel discussion on the topic of “Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory” sponsored by USD’s Humanities Center. I talked about T.J. Clark’s recent book, Heaven on Earth: Painting and the Life to Come.
On August 4th I gave a talk in Woodstock, NY, at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts about the town’s intertwined histories of art and the counterculture. The program was generously co-sponsored by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Historical Society of Woodstock, Maverick Concerts, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the Woodstock Artists Association. Here was the description of the talk:
Woodstock: the word is shorthand for the 1960s counterculture. Artists as well as writers and musicians contributed to Woodstock’s reputation as a bohemian enclave. As early as 1952 experimental composer John Cage debuted his (in)famous 4’33” — four-and-half minutes of silence. Inspired by Cage, avant-garde artist Allan Kaprow staged a 1962 “Happening” in the forests outside Woodstock for which sculptor Eva Hesse made her first three-dimensional piece. Gerd Stern, an intermedia pioneer and founder of the experimental art collective USCO, moved to Woodstock in 1964. In the late 1960s New York School painter Philip Guston moved to Maverick Road to reinvent his practice. This lecture will explore Woodstock as a ferment of art, experimentation, and creativity in the 1960s, a period in which artists as much as writers and musicians contributed to a growing counterculture opposed to mainstream values.
The Art Institute of Chicago has just published an online catalogue of works by Ivan Albright in its collection. My essay, “Flesh: Ivan Albright and the Aesthetics of Ugliness” appears alongside art historian Sarah Burns’s essay, “Opening Albright’s Door” and conservator Kelly Keegan’s “Methods behind the Magic: The Materials and Techniques of Ivan Albright.”
Article on Charles White published in academic journal ‘American Communist History’, Vol. 17, Issue 3-4: “Charles White: The Art and Politics of Humanism, 1947-1956.” Follow this link to read the full article:
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Chicago Tribune has named Flesh: Ivan Albright one of the city’s top ten exhibitions for 2018!