The artist Varujan Boghosian died peacefully at his home in Hanover, N.H. on September 21. He was 94. “We mourn the loss of Varujan Boghosian, a long-time friend and great supporter of the Work Center who participated in countless monoprint auctions, working with Mike Mazur, me and others. He was a cherished and valued member of our arts community. He will be greatly missed,” says Bert Yarborough, Chair, Visual Arts Committee. Selected works can be found at Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
WE REMEMBER VARUJAN BOGHOSIAN
TROY MICHIE PORTFOLIO FEATURED IN THE PARIS REVIEW
The latest issue of The Paris Review features the work of artist Troy Michie (Visual Arts Fellow 2016-2017), whose interdisciplinary paintings and collages are featured both on the cover of no. 234 and in a portfolio. Michie, who was raised in El Paso, Texas, tells editor Emily Nemens, “The atmosphere that I grew up in has played such a huge role in the way I see the world. When you grow up in a border community, it’s not abnormal to go to school with people from Mexico, or to speak Spanish, or to witness two cultures amalgamate, which ultimately I see as a collage. Many of my compositions seem a little formal, emphasizing geometric abstraction. I think a lot about delineation and boundaries. Oftentimes, when I’m crossing materials over another line or a grid that I’ve established, I’m considering the threshold of the border. But it’s important for me that it’s… I can’t really think of a better word than complicated.” Above right: In the Margins, 2019, mixed-media, 48” x 33” x 1”
GABRIEL KRUIS’S DEBUT COLLECTION OF POEMS AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER
Simon & Schuster, Archway Editions, will be publishing Acid Virga, the debut collection of poems from Gabriel Kruis (Writing Fellow 2018-2019) in November. In praise of Acid Virga, Tom Sleigh (Writing Fellow 1981-1982 and 1979-1980) writes, “As wildly visionary as it is linguistically alive, Gabriel Kruis’s Acid Virga, drills down into the bedrock of American life to produce a book unparalleled in its exploration of how visionary experience and social upheaval collide in ways that are both transformative and annihilating.” Book cover image by artist Nicole Eisenman.
UCA EVENT WILL FEATURE AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN AJA GABEL
The University of Central Arkansas College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host artist-in-residence Aja Gabel (Writing Fellow 2012-2013) for a series of events on Tuesday, September 29. Throughout the day, Gabel will read from The Ensemble, her novel about the life and times of a classical string quartet and discuss her work and own life while playing music, host a craft talk with undergraduate creative writing students, and hold a masterclass with creative writing students in the Master of Fine Arts program. Individuals may listen and participate via Zoom or watch on Facebook Live.
SARA DITTRICH: "THE TENDER INTERVAL"
Diverse Works in Houston, TX, presents Sara Dittrich’s (Visual Arts Fellow 2018-2019) “The Tender Interval.” “This newly commissioned series of multi-sensory experiences uses the body’s circulatory system as a means of fielding questions about close listening and ecological healing. "The Tender Interval" offers participants (and viewers) an opportunity to slow down and meditate on how the pace of our bodies’ physical processes are often determined by our surroundings.” Streaming online through November 14.
ESTEBAN DEL VALLE SELECTED FOR PROVINCETOWN PUBLIC ART PROJECT
The Provincetown Public Arts Foundation has selected interdisciplinary artist Esteban Del Valle (Visual Arts Fellow 2017-2018 and 2012-2013) for its first public art project in Provincetown. “Founded this past January by Romolo Del Deo, Lise King, Dani Niedzieldski, Karen Ojala, Stan Sikorski and Samuel Tager, Provincetown Public Art Foundation seeks to fund, place, and preserve public art in Provincetown.” Esteban’s mural will be in the alley of Marine Specialties on Commercial Street – a space donated by the Patrick family. Above: mural detail, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY.
JACOLBY SATTERWHITE SELECTED AS A STUDIO MUSEUM ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
The Studio Museum in Harlem has just selected Jacolby Satterwhite (Visual Arts Fellow 2012-2013 and 2011-2012) as one of its three 2020-2021 Artists in Residence. The program offers an eleven-month studio residency for three emerging artists working in any media and is designed to serve emerging artists of African and/or Afro-Latinx descent working locally, nationally, or internationally. Since 1968, the program has supported over one hundred graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers.
COLLUSION: COLLABORATIVE WORK FROM SIX ARTISTS
“Collusion: Collaborative Work from Six Artists,” at Wellfleet Preservation Hall through November 6, “presents a variety of artistic pairings from a group of accomplished individuals, all of whom have created significant, individual bodies of work for decades. Their singular accomplishments have resulted in numerous national and international gallery and museum exhibitions.” Included in the exhibition are collaborative works by Paul Bowen (Visual Arts Fellow 2000-2000), Yvette Drury Dubinsky, M.P. Landis, Hayoon-Jay Lee, Vicky Tomayko (Visual Arts Fellow 1985-1986) and Bert Yarborough (Visual Arts Fellow 1977-1978 and 1976-1977). Above Left: Vicky Tomayko & Yvette Drury Dubinsky, "Here Comes the Sun,” monotype, 18.5" x 26"; Above Center: Hayoon-Jay Lee & Bert Yarborough, “Untitled,” monotype, collage and ink, 10" diameter; Above Right: Paul Bowen, MP Landis & Bert Yarborough, “Untitled,” crayon, ink, graphite on vellum, 12" x 9".
IRENE LIPTON EXHIBITION OPENS AT ALBERT MEROLA GALLERY
Irene Lipton’s (Visual Arts Fellow 1989-1990 and 1988-1989) new solo exhibition opens at the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, MA on September 11 and runs through October 1. Known for her organic, biomorphic forms, this solo exhibition features a series of Lipton’s newer and larger format paintings. Above: Untitled, 2020, oil paint on canvas, 60” x 60”
RAUL DE LARA – SOLO EXHIBITION AT REYNOLDS GALLERY RICHMOND
Opening on September 11, The Reynolds Gallery In Richmond, VA will present its first solo exhibition for Raul De Lara (Visual Arts Fellow 2019-2020). “In ‘Our Shared Backyard,’ De Lara confronts viewers with totems representing personal and communal relationships with immigration and culture barriers. He was born in Mexico and later immigrated to Texas, where he grew up as a non-English speaker. He has been a DACA recipient since 2012 and legally hasn’t been able to return to Mexico since he left at age 12. His modular and often site-responsive work reflects his own movement and adaptability, as does his relationship with his materials.” The exhibition runs through October 30. Above: White Passing (details), 2020, pine, zompantle, linden, sand, acrylic, red string, tzite beans, epoxy & oak, 64” x 10” x 10”