“Accumulations” are what Yayoi Kusama called these multiple soft sculpture phalluses that she patiently sewed and placed in rooms, in platforms mounted on floors and walls, and even in two rowboats. Kusama made these pillow-esque, polka-dotted, cartoon-like, engorged phalluses as a way to get over her fear of sex – and one vintage 1960s photo […]
In an earlier incarnation, this painting looked much different. In the exhibition where that original version was shown, someone started a conversation with me about pattern in my work. Specifically, he said that he noticed that I used a lot of pattern, but that I always cover it up with fields of plain color. He
December 5, 1960 Dieter Roth is awarded the William and Noma Copley Foundation Award for his artist books. He’s credited as the inventor of this genre, where the book isn’t meant to be read in the way we might read a paperback novel, but to be appreciated as a work of art. For Roth, books
September 9, 2003 Director, photographer, writer and art collector John Waters declares on the television series ART:21: I love collecting art because it makes other people insane.” He buys his first piece of art (a reproduction by Miró from a museum gift shop) at eight years old, and realizes the power of art when his
September 1, 2011 A solo show of new works by Amy Cutler, one of my favorite artists, opens at Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm. Her very mysterious, yet funny, paintings often feature groups of women engaged in group activities that simultaneously bring them together, yet show the rifts and competition in their dynamic. There is
January 31, 2012 Mike Kelley, described variously as “one of the most influential American artists of the past quarter century and a pungent commentator on American class, popular culture and youthful rebellion” by the New York Times, and as a proponent of “clusterfuck aesthetics” by the Village Voice (which I think was a compliment), commits
This painting has been a real favorite of mine recently. It’s a large work on paper, with wrinkles, imperfections and all–no frame to keep the paper from buckling. Its ability to express sadness and resignation, and ultimately a stubbornness to be seen and known, kind of takes my breath away. It says so much with
Thanks to the Tacoma Art Museum and their Open Art Studio, where I made this print.
While walking in Chinatown today, I stopped to help a man who had just dropped his Rollerblades on the sidewalk. As I bent down and picked one up, I recognized the man; he leads art tours every Saturday afternoon in New York City. We started chatting, and he showed me his notes from his afternoon
I’m still thinking about the recent show at Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation which by the way, was just transformed into the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art –congratulations to them! The exhibition was The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, in its second incarnation. Earlier in 2011, it popped up in a Brooklyn
As I was walking down the street the other day, I saw a large banner that proclaimed a new museum opening, right in my neighborhood. This was news, and how could I not have known about it, just three blocks from my place? It’s called the Museum of Motherhood. I wandered over and poked my
Many thanks go out to Connor Alderman and Jeff Campbell for photographing the opening reception for my Lavender Menace exhibit! They worked tirelessly to capture the spirit of the show and opening reception, while remaining unobtrusive–the best way to get great cameo shots. I know from experience that this is hard to do. Jeff shot
Artwork created in response to gay bullying raises money for foundation combatting anti-gay teen bullying and suicide (New York, NY) Maura McGurk was so moved to hear of the suicides of several teenagers in Fall 2010, bullied because they were gay, or at least thought to be gay, that she began memorializing her anguish for
The premier issue of At the Edge magazine, an independent art publication which focuses on emerging artists in New York City, features artist Maura McGurk and her crusade against gay bullying. The article discusses McGurk’s July 2011 solo exhibition, entitled Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying. The paintings in the
If you read my earlier post which explained the story behind the puzzle pieces, you know that I considered this an experimental piece…after all, I don’t usually make interactive pieces or installations. The idea was to create something visually interesting (as always), something that would advance the cause of drawing attention to–and stopping–gay bullying, and
Sometimes the planets align, and I find that what’s on my mind is on other people’s too. When I first started making paintings about gay bullying, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that it struck a chord with people. Folks suddenly confided all kinds of things to me… “I’ve seen what bullying is and it’s
Maura McGurk’s first solo exhibition will feature paintings created in response to gay bullying. McGurk began this body of work in fall of 2010, on the heels of several suicides by teenaged boys who had been bullied by classmates. These suicides were well-publicized due to their sheer number and proximity in time: five suicides in
In an interview with fellow artist Gina Marie Dunn, Maura McGurk discusses her creative process and inspirations for creating political art. She also considers some practical issues about being a fine artist, and, true to form, even finds a way to reference the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
The Day Job exhibition, as a concept, resonated with me because I’m still in a state of exuberance-decompression-worry (it depends on the day) over recently having left my own day job, in an office. This was a varied and interesting show, and here are some of my favorites: Dawn Hunter, a professor of art. About
I like Montreal. It’s a walkable city, with interesting neighborhoods (next time, I want to spend more time in the Latin Quarter) and a charming feel. We had time for just two museums and a gallery or two, but it was great to see “new” artists who don’t appear frequently in American or European collections.
My studio is called The Edda Jakab Studio. There aren’t many studios that are named, so this caught my eye. I made a note to myself to look her up, but so many other things have been on my mind that I hadn’t gotten around to it. One of the things on my mind: last
New York artist Maura McGurk has created a sketchbook as part of The Sketchbook Project, sponsored by the Art House Co-op, which will tour various cities around the U.S. McGurk says: “My sketchbook contains collages, drawings, and writings about my daily life from the fall and winter of 2009. They reflect my individual concerns and
Maura McGurk was chosen as a Featured Artist for the exhibition Paint! at climate/gallery. Her painting Over and Out was selected by juror Jason Andrew, Director of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, as one of the ten Best in Show. McGurk says the painting was inspired by a layover in Salt Lake City,
Maura McGurk was chosen as a Featured Artist of climate/gallery based on submission of her painting Lament. This painting was part of the exhibition NEVER THINK small and was judged by Kathy Murphy, publisher of Modern Painters Magazine, as one of the Best in Show. McGurk said the work was inspired in part by her