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My Crippled Friend

Oct. 11–Jan. 10

Canzani Center Gallery (map it)

My Crippled Friend investigates the recent history of the intersection of painterly abstraction and the object. While “painting as object” has often been a formalist issue, the works in this exhibition gather their identity through the subversion of formalism—scrambling and reassembling themselves in an aesthetic shell game where the act of painting is always an investigation of a painting’s ability to push into objecthood.

The result is a collection of works that are each alive in a way that only a painting can be, as well as present in a way that seems more like an object. Impossible to label as one specific medium (“a painting” or “a sculpture”), they are, rather, an often-lumpy but always compelling combination of the two.

Participating artists will include Richard Aldrich, Claire Ashley, Leslie Baum, Anna Betbeze, Sarah Braman, Tom Burr, Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Sarah Cain, N. Dash, Cheryl Donegan, Michel François, Joe Fyfe, Katharina Grosse, Mary Heilmann, Chris Johanson, Ross Knight, Jim Lambie, Jim Lee, Chris Martin, Sam Martineau, Matt Rich, Cordy Ryman, Nancy Shaver, Daniel Turner, Amy Yoes, and Tamara Zahaykevich.

Artist Talks

Join us for artist talks throughout the run of the exhibition. Each talk starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Canzani Center Auditorium and is followed by a reception with the artist at 7:30 p.m. (There will not be a reception after Holland Cotter’s talk; however, the gallery will remain open until 9 p.m.) Please see the full list of participating artists and dates below.

John Yau
Friday Oct. 11
Joe Fyfe
Thursday, Oct. 24

Chris Johanson
Thursday, Oct. 31

Kathy Butterly
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Holland Cotter
Thursday, Nov. 21
Cheryl Donegan
Thursday, Dec. 5

Kathy Butterly
Kathy Butterly makes colorful, small-scale sculpture and sculptural vessels of mixed earthenware and porcelain. Her softly folded, twisted, and assembled forms often make bodily references, and can recall the work of American master potter George Ohr. “Kathy Butterly does for sculpture what digital technology does for information: pack so much into such small spaces that it’s impossible to reconcile an object’s literal dimensions with the kicks it delivers,” wrote David Pagel last year.

Holland Cotter
Holland Cotter has been an art critic for the New York Times since 1992, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2009. During the 1980s he was a contributing editor at Art in America and an editorial associate at Art News. His subjects have ranged from Italian Renaissance painting to street-based communal work by artist collectives. He is currently working on a book on New York City modernism, a study of contemporary Indian art, and a poetry manuscript.

Cheryl Donegan
Across media, Cheryl Donegan's work is unified by a sustained interrogation of surfaces—whether canvas, screen, fabric, plastic, or the artist's own body. Integrating performance and video with painting, drawing and installation, she has exhibited widely in Europe as well as North America since her first solo show in 1993.

Joe Fyfe
Joe Fyfe investigates the slippage between chance and deliberation, negotiating among painting, sculpture, and drawing as he meditates on the lineage and current realities of nonrepresentational art. Amplifying the poetic nature of quotidian objects, Fyfe repurposes found materials into works that often exist on the cusp total abstraction—serendipitous and yet still formally circumspect.

John Yau
Poet, art critic, and curator John Yau has published more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. He was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France.

Also on view in the Room is Laura Bidwa's For Instance Me, Oct. 11–Nov. 15 and Richard Aschenbrand's Alphabet Alliteration, Nov. 22–Jan. 10.

Winter break hours: Closed Dec. 24, 25 & 31, and Jan. 1.

Gallery Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. If you would like to support programs like this, please donate any amount online (choose the "exhibitions and visiting artists & scholars" option).

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