Friday, December 9, 2011
ARTISTS & CURATOR TALK: The Sword of Damocles
Artists & Curator Talk: Thursday, December from 6-8 PM
Join Visual AIDS and The Painting Center for a talk with artists, Bradford Branch and Joseph Stabilito and the curator of The Sword of Damocles, Patrick Webb.
The Sword of Damocles: Selections from the Frank Moore Archive presents a range of work from twelve mid-career artists, who are also long-term survivors living with HIV. As we mark 30 years of AIDS, The Sword of Damocles contemplates the pandemic as seen through the transformation of these artists’ work over time. Drawing exclusively from Visual AIDS’s Frank Moore Archive Project, curator Patrick Webb sought to find parallels in the evolution of long-term survivors’ paintings. Featuring the work of Bradford Branch, Jerry Frost, Michael Golden, Frank Holliday, Martin Klug, Jonathan Leiter, Michael Lownie, Ricardo Morin, Joseph Stabilito, Pete Wyman, and Laurence Young.
“In 1992 I witnessed the death of my boyfriend of 14 years. I never imagined I would outlive him by almost 20 years. I am fortunate to be alive, though at times feel poised on the edge of an abyss. The experience has shaped my sense of self and the development of my work. I hope to bring that perspective as a painter to my selection of paintings." - Patrick Webb
"Every painting is a personal journey; an evolving dialogue about what I’ve learned in relation to color, texture, and line. For me, the process itself is the struggle…and the joy". - Joseph Stabilito
Watch the NY1 segment about The Sword of Damocles here.
Exhibition runs through December 23, 2011
The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street, Suite 500, NYC
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-6 PM
Top (left to right): Bradford Branch, Oranges and Glass Vase, 1994; Joseph Stabilito, Prayer for My Father, 1992; Patrick Webb, By Punchinello's Bed, 1992.
Bottom (left to right): Bradford Branch, Still Life with Orchids, 1999; Joseph Stabilito, Blood Flowers, 2010; Patrick Webb, House of Cards, 2004-06.