Joe Brainard: a retrospective

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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, 2001 - Art - 156 pages
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Cultural Writing. Art. "Joe Brainard: A Retrospective" documents the major exhibition organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. The catalog includes an overview of Brainard's life and work by senior curator Constance M. Lewallen, as well as essays by John Ashbery and Carter Ratcliff, distinguished art critics and poets. This volume also provides selections from Brainard's writings on art, as well as two bibliographies. The book's copious illustrations -- 68 in color and 36 in black-and-white -- offer the reader an opportunity to see, for the first time in any publication, the entire breadth of the artist's dazzlingly various and inventive artworks: what critic Robert Rosenblum described as Joe Brainard's "own magical territory".

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Constance M. Lewallen is Senior Curator for Exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and author of "Ant Farm, 1968-1978; The Dream of an Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), "both from UC Press; "Everything Matters: Paul Kos, A Retropective"; and "Joe Brainard: A Retrospective." Robert Riley, independent curator and writer concentrating on contemporary
media and time-based Arts, served as Founding Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 1986-2000. Robert Storr is a critic, artist, and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University. Anne Wagner is Professor of Modern Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and went to France as a Fulbright Scholar in 1955, living there for much of the next decade. His many collections include "Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems" (2007), which was awarded the International Gri=n Poetry Prize. "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" (1975) won the three major American prizes--the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award--and an early book, "Some Trees" (1956), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. The Library of America published the first volume of his collected poems in 2008. Active in various areas of the arts throughout his career, he has served as executive editor of Art News and as art critic for "New York" magazine and "Newsweek". He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1988 to 1999. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and was a MacArthur Fellow from 1985 to 1990. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He lives in New York.

Artist and poet George Quasha works across mediums to explore principles in common within language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation, and performance. His axial stones and axial drawings have been exhibited at the Baumgartner Gallery in Chelsea (New York City) and elsewhere. For art is: Speaking Portraits (in the performative indicative), he has filmed over 400 artists, poets, and composers (in 6 countries and 15 languages) saying " what art is." His video works (including "Pulp Friction, Axial Objects, Verbal Objects") have appeared internationally in museums, galleries, schools, and biennials. A 25 year performance collaboration (video/language/sound) continues with Gary Hill and Charles Stein. His 15 books include poetry ("Somapoetics, Giving the Lily Back Her Hands, Ainu Dreams" [with Chie Hasegawa], "Preverbs"); anthologies ("America a Prophecy" [with Jerome Rothenberg], "Open Poetry" [with Ronald Gross], "An Active Anthology" [with Susan Quasha], "The Station Hill" Blanchot Reader); and writing on art ("Gary Hill: Language Willing"; with Charles Stein: "Tall Ships, HanD HearD/liminal objects, Viewer"). Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has taught at Stony Brook (SUNY), Bard College, the New School, and Naropa University. With Susan Quasha he is founder/publisher of Barrytown/Station Hill Press in Barrytown, New York.
Carter Ratcliff is a poet, art critic, and Contributing Editor of Art in America. His writings have appeared widely, in European and American journals and in the publications of museums in the US and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (NewYork), and the Royal Academy (London). His books of poetry include "Fever Coast" and "Give Me Tomorrow," Among his books on art are "Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art, 1965-1975" and "The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art," He lives in New York’ s Hudson Valley.

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