RESERVE A CATALOG
“Offers a delicious peek into the artistic pursuits of some eighty authors, from John Ashbery and Djuna Barnes to Günter Grass and Sylvia Plath."
–The New Yorker
“Shows you how fertile imaginations are a fount of many creative streams.”
-The Boston Globe
“A monumental show”
The historic exhibition of 190 paintings, drawings, and sculpture by 90 of the world's most celebrated writers—poets and playwrights, essayists and humorists, mystery writers and memoirists-opened September 13, 2007 (the release date for The Writer’s Brush) at Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York.and at Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, on December 15,2007. The show was co-curated by me and John Wronosky, owner of Lame Duck Books and the Pierre Menard Gallery.
Gathering writer-art from private collections and public treasures, the exhibit included astounding works by among others: Victor Hugo, William Butler Yeats, D. H. Lawrence, Federico Garcia Lorca, Aldous Huxley, Vladimir Nabokov, Gunter Grass, Derek Walcott, Louise Gluck, Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Djuna Barnes, Jorge Luis Borges, Susan Minot, Mark Strand, Richard Wilbur, Donald Justice, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Julian Beck, Weldon Kees, E.E. Cummings, Charles Simic, Mina Loy, and Jonathan Lethem. Five Nobel Prize winners, six Poet Laureates of the United States, and innumerable Pulitzer and National Book Award winners were represented. (See list of exhibitors below.)
A catalog of the show, already photo-documented, is in preparation, with a preface and biographies by me and an introduction by famed novelist and art critic, Joseph McElroy. To be put on pre-publication notification list, please click on Order a Catalog and send me your contact information.
See the CBS Sunday Morning video of the opening party, as well as some of the art and interviews about their art with Kurt Vonnegut, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Susan Minot, and me.
See the Swiss cable/internet TV network, Vernissage TV’s video of the opening reception.
For some still shots of the reception and of the art, check out Roberta On the Arts website.
Alphabetical List of Artists:
William S. Burroughs
Federico Garcia Lorca
Maxine Hong Kingston
Charles Henri Ford
William J. Smith
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy)