Writing, Drawings and Collages

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Writing, Drawings and Collages

4 East 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
July 18th, 2012 - August 17th, 2012
Opening: July 18th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

east village/lower east side


To coincide with the re-staging of STAN VANDERBEEK'S renowned domed installation, THE MOVIEDOME  at THE NEW MUSEUM American Contemporary will be displaying a series of writing, drawings and collages from the Stan VanDerbeek Estate, curated in collaboration with Sara and Johannes VanDerBeek.

The exhibition will explore VanDerBeek's visionary approach to the world as represented so clearly in his rarely seen poetic and intensely thoughtful writings and drawings. The writings and drawings will be paired and grouped with his collages (used to make his films) in an attempt to show the depth and fludity of his visual and written poetics as well as the wit, intelligence and foresight inherent in his work. 

VanDerBeek's works have been exhibited internationally for over forty years. A recent retrospective at the List Visual Arts Centre, MIT, MA and Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX was very well received and widely reviewed. The exhibition was accompanied by a career encompassing catalogue, beginning with his time at Black Mountain Collage alongside peers and collaborators such as John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Mere Cunningham and finishing with his steam screenings at the Whitney Museum of American Art. VanDerBeek has been described as an illusionist, a collagist, the father of underground film and a visionary. His work has inspired many contemporary artists including Paul McCarthy who included a program of VanDerBeek's films alongside his own exhibition, also at the Whitney. His work is currently included in The Historical Box at Hauser and Wirth, London until July 28th.