Each of the three articles in this issue of TAS reflects its writer’s passion for the art and artists they take as their subjects.
Leslie Gordon, whom I met in Venice, Italy many years ago, is the Artistic Director of the Rialto Theatre at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is passionate about many aspects of the arts, but dance has played a central part in her life for many decades. She has curated an online project for TAS through which we can both experience dance from around the world and get a glimpse into Leslie’s relationship with the form.
Martine Lafon is an artist I met at the Rothko Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia where we were both Artists-in-Residence for a Symposium on Painting. Through Martine, I am so pleased to learn about the work of the French artist Françoise Vergier and to be able to publish an article about her work in The Art Section. I appreciate the work of translators Chantal Duggan and Elise Dismer, who made it possible for us to present this artist to the English speaking audience. Elise was an intern for TAS almost a decade ago, and I am very happy to have her back with us.
My contribution to the issue is an article on the work of the artist David Reed and his forty years of painting and exhibiting his work. A 1975 exhibition of David’s work at Susan Caldwell Gallery was recreated first at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, then at Gagosian Gallery in New York City. It will be traveling to Los Angeles, California to 356 S. Mission Rd., a gallery that is a collaboration between Gavin Brown and Laura Owens. I have been thinking about the context and content of Reed’s paintings since I first encountered them at Max Protetch Gallery in New York in the 80’s. Seeing his work from 40 years ago has given me additional appreciation of his process and his work.
The Art Section will be turning 10 years old in May. This site hosts a decade of writing, with over 120 articles. Thank you to all who have made this possible.
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Deanna Sirlin is an artist. Her recent book is She's Got What It Takes: American Women Artists In Dialogue was Published by Charta Art Books 2013.