3 Irving Petlin Shows in New York

If in New York or close by,  do not miss, do not miss, do not miss the great Irving Petlin exhibitions — 3 of them at the same time, i.e. right now, in three different galleries:

The KENT Gallery, 541 West 25th Street, Second Floor, New York NY 10001. Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

The Jan Krugier Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue at76th Street.

Richard L. Feigen & Co. 34 East 69th Street.

— Tonight, Tuesday, 9 February the exhibition at the Feigen Gallery opens at 6 p.m. —

The picture above is the left half of a major new work started in December 2008, Gaza Guernica, on show at the Kent Gallery. To see the other half of the diptych, go to the Kent Gallery’s website & click the “here” at the bottom of the page. It will open the pdf of what I think is one of the best designed painting e-catalogues it has been my pleasure to see. I do hope that the gallery will eventually be able to bring out an actual, printed version. I will report in some more detail on the shows, once I’ve seen the third one. Meanwhile here is a quote from R.B. Kitaj and, below that, a video of Petlin commenting on some of works at the Kent gallery.

It is an article of faith with me that good and true artists will always represent the human face and figure and presence until the end of time. Some will not. Those who will, as they always have, will transform the depictive art by power of unique gifts and character and personality and doggedness and luck and though the courtesy, as it were, of the time and place in which they live and interact.

Do not be impatient with those of us, like Petlin, who are having to reread our depictive history slowly, as if in this era of later modernism that history is written in a lost distant tongue.


—R.B. Kitaj, Catalonia, 1977

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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

3 opinions on “3 Irving Petlin Shows in New York”

  1. I knew Irving Petlin about 50 years ago and was sure he would become a major artist. It is clear here that he has.

  2. My painting instructor referenced Irving Petlin when speaking about my work. Thought I should have a look. Glad I did!

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