Line drawings of plants in graphite and ink on paper, made between 1960 and 1992, are the subject of this catalogue, published to accompany Kelly’s first solo exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery, Plant Drawings, at 1018 Madison Avenue in 1992.

Over a period of four decades–from the early 1960s until his death in 1994–artist, writer, and designer Joe Brainard contributed greatly to the arts in a number of media. From his early paintings and assemblages, which built upon the work of Jasper Johns and Joseph Cornell, to his set designs for LeRoi Jone’s The Dutchman and Frank O’Hara’s The General Returns from One Place to Another; from his comic book collaborations with various poets, C Comics and C Comics 2, to his later drawing, collage, painting, and assemblage work, Brainard exemplified the link between avant-garde art, writing, and theater that defined the New York School. In addition to a checklist and bibliographies of work by and about Brainard, this exhibition catalogue includes the artist’s published and unpublished writings, as well as interviews and letters. Also included are essays by John Ashbery, Carter Ratcliff, and Constance Lewallen, who chronicles Joe Brainard’s formative years in Oklahoma and move to New York City, his involvement with Pop Art, assemblage and painting, and his literary and artistic associations.

Life is Paradise gathers for the first time a mostly private collection of contemporary artist Francesco Clementes rarely seen oil, pastel, and watercolor portraits of personalities from the worlds of pop culture, high society, and art. The revealing depictions of friends and acquaintances who have passed through Clemente’s studio include the likes of Lauren Hutton, Henry Geldzhaler, Toni Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Robert Mapplethorpe, William Burroughs, Fab 5 Freddy, Robert DeNiro, Fran Lebowitz, Gus Van Sant, Edit De Ak, John Ashbery, Andy Warhol, the Baronesa Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Enzo Cucchi, Christy Turlington, Rene Ricard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Allen Ginsberg, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael McClure and many, many more.
Interspersed amongst this ravishing collection of surprising portraits are several of Clementes more well known self-portraits, in various mediums, which have become signature pieces for the artist. But its the compelling portraitures of a widely divergent circle–artists, writers, film actors, fashion industry icons, business and society headliners, done by Clemente for amusement or for special commissions–that offer a fascinating insight into another side of Francesco Clemente: the internationally famous artist who for years has been a fixture on the New York scene.

For almost two decades, Clemente has divided his time between New York, Italy, and Madras, India, and his art readily acknowledges the influence of these cultures. Clemente is widely considered one of the foremost contemporary artists in America, and his work is celebrated in art collections all over the world. The portraits in Life is Paradise span Clementes entire career as a visual artist, and showcase his versatility with various mediums. This collection gathers together and examines for the first time in detail a little known element of Clemente’s oeuvre.

Apology is a quarterly-ish magazine of art, fiction, games, humor, essays, interviews, journalism and photography. Founded and edited by former Vice magazine editor-in-chief and index magazine editor Jesse Pearson, Apology is inspired in equal measure by The New Yorker under William Shawn’s editorship; 1980s and 90s punk zines; the Encyclopedia Britannica, The People’s Almanac and MAD magazine. In its first two issues, Apology published work by authors and artists such as John Ashbery, Bill Callahan, Dan Colen, Roe Ethridge, Ryan McGinley, Eileen Myles, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Terry Richardson, Aurel Schmidt and many more. Aiming to be “a general-interest magazine for people whose general interests aren’t general,” Apology is “a sophisticated alternative to sophomoric magazines and a sophomoric alternative to sophisticated magazines… Readers can always count on entertaining and thought-provoking writing and art from yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”

Anthology with contributions by John Ashbery, Joseph Ceravolo, Kenward Elmslie, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, Frank Lima, Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, Tony Towle. Painters Fairfield Porter, Red Grooms, Joe Brainard, Robert Goodnough, Alex Katz, Neil Welliver, Norman Bluhm, Jane Freilicher, Alan D’Archangelo.

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