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Contents for August 14, 2012

1. Michelle Stuart, FF Alumn, at Leslie Tonkonow Artwork + Projects, Manhattan, opening Sept. 6

Michelle Stuart: Palimpsests
September 6 - October 27, 2012
at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects
535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

Opening reception will be on Thursday, September 6 from 5:00 to 8:00pm

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2. Joseph Kosuth, FF Alumn, in Happy Days Festival, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, thru Aug. 27, 2012

Antony Gormley
and
Joseph Kosuth

HAPPY DAYS
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
August 2012

Sean Kelly announces that works by both Antony Gormley and Joseph Kosuth are on view as part of HAPPY DAYS, the world's first annual festival to celebrate the work and influence of Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett. The festival, which is set in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, brings art, writing, comedy and music to the dramatic landscape of the Fermanagh Lakelands where Beckett spent his formative years. The inaugural HAPPY DAYS will take place from August 23-27, 2012; while the festival does not begin until the 23rd, both artists' works are already on view.

On view during the festival is a work by Antony Gormley, specially commissioned by HAPPY DAYS, that will appear in a future Australian Aboriginal-Irish co-production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The work, titled Tree for Waiting for Godot will be displayed as part of the inaugural festival; made of stainless steel, the Godot tree will be weathered outdoor for 60 days in the Northern Irish climate and later used in the stage production in Australia and Ireland.

For more information, please visit the HAPPY DAYS website.

Joseph Kosuth
'Texts for Nothing - Enniskillen' Samuel Beckett, in play
Cooper Wilkinson Building
through August 23, 2012

The festival will feature Joseph Kosuth's 'Texts for Nothing - Enniskillen' Samuel Beckett, in play, a major neon installation that references two of Beckett's writings, one quintessentially associated with the author - Waiting for GodotTexts for Nothing. This important work underscores the way in which Kosuth's project as an artist shares a significant concern with Beckett's: both practices manifest a parallel concern with meaning. For more information, please visit the HAPPY DAYS website.

For press inquiries, please contact Maureen Bray at the gallery (212.239.1181) at maureen@skny.com. For all other inquiries, please contact Cecile Panzieri at the gallery (212.239.1181) at cecile@skny.com.

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3. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN, thru January 2013

Sonya Rapoport at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Sonya Rapoport is showing her artwork, MERCURY, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This work was created in 1980 and has, since that time, been dormant in the IMA collection. Assistant curator Amanda York discovered the five consecutive computer form panels. Executed directly on the printout surface are drawings in color pencil, transfer copy images and rubber stamped impressions. These interpret the nuclear chemistry research content.

MERCURY will be on view at the Indianapolis Museum for six months.

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4. Mike Osterhout, FF Alumn, at Mo David North, Glen Wild, NY, opening Sept. 22

PANIC AVERTED
Ethelbert B. Crawford : Paintings from the Library Collection
SEPT. 22- OCT. 19, 2012
Opening Sept. 22- 6-8pm

I first noticed the work of Ethelbert B. Crawford sometime around 2003. Stubbornly refusing to own a computer, I used the Monticello public library bearing the artist's name, to check my email. One rainy afternoon, with a severe case of tunnel vision dragging me towards the basement computer, I stopped dead in my tracks. These paintings, hung high on the plaster walls, weren't bad. In fact they were pretty damn good. The work was clearly by the same hand. When I asked the young woman sitting at the desk whose paintings these were, she looked up like she had just noticed them and shrugged her shoulders. "Someone donated them." she offered and went back to library business.

This is the tragedy of Crawford's life and artistic legacy. Even the girl at the desk didn't connect the work with the name above the library door. Seven years later I re-visited the paintings in this little upstate New York library. This time I was lucky enough to find library director, Alan Barrish, more than willing to educate me and I got the whole story. Ethelbert B. Crawford had shown only twice in his lifetime. A few of his landscapes were included in the seminal INDEPENDENT ARTIST'S EXHIBITION of 1910. It drew such throngs of art-hungry New Yorkers, the police had to be called out to restore order. It was the first time New York artists had taken it upon themselves to exhibit outside of the strictly juried exhibitions of the Academy. Ethelbert was a minor character in this movement but he was there, a former student of the painter Robert Henri. His story is one of thousands of artists throughout history; working on the periphery, not quite garnering the attention they deserve.

He showed one more time, in a well-heeled hotel in Colorado Springs in 1913. Then nothing. Most of his entire body of work was painted in the years between 1908 and 1913. One can only speculate what brought about his suicide in 1921. The late-in-life love affair? The overbearing mother? The extreme let-down after a taste of hero/celebrity involving a dramatic train wreck rescue in Scotland? In any case, his paintings reflect none of this. The portraits are direct, straight-faced, charmingly devoid of pretense. The intimacy of the scale and economy of brush strokes draws you in.

Then there are the many landscapes and seascapes. Less formal than the portraits, these works belie an exuberance usually reserved for the very well adjusted. They aren't stark or lonely. Rather, they are filled with either bright western desert light or snowy eastern grey afternoons, depending on location. After his death, his despondent mother bequeathed the money to the village of Monticello, NY in order to build a library. The paintings accompanied the will, with the stipulation that Ethelbert's work would always hang in this library as memorial to her son. Since the library's opening, they've graced the walls, shrinking from the encroaching stacks of books, now even more forgotten.

Since 2010, Alan Barrish and MO David North have been working towards presenting these works in the gallery setting. We here at MO David North are pleased to announce the showing of PANIC AVERTED - Ethelbert B. Crawford: Paintings from the Library Collection. We wish to thank the entire staff at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, without whose cooperation this show would not take place.

Mike Osterhout
Samm Kunce
MO DAVID NORTH
143 Old Glen Wild Road Glen Wild, New York 12738
8/12/12

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5. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, Aug. 15

Friends and Fans of Music and Movies

Le Nozze di Carlo, "NYC's premiere Italian and other stuff band", will be playing this Wednesday, August 15, 7PM
at
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106
http://www.socratessculpturepark.org/programs/outdoorcinema.php

as part of their Outdoor Cinema Series.

This week's film is: CERTIFIED COPY, Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. (2010, 106 mins. France/Italy)

In this playful and provocative romantic drama from the legendary Abbas Kiarostami- his first film made outside of Iran - Juliet Binoche plays a gallery owner living in a Tuscan village. Her encounter with a British author over the course of a day takes increasingly perplexing turns, as Kiarostami slyly plays with the rules of narrative. Binoche won the Best Actress award at Cannes. (Not Rated)

We will play Italian and French favorites from 7: until the start of the film (around 8:30). (Sorry, we haven't learned any Iranian tunes. Yet.)

Gene Caprioglio: guitar/vocals
Paule Diamond: soprano sax/vocals
Bob Goldberg: accordion/vocals
Joel Darelius: bass/vocals
Emily Fellner Zeig: trumpet/accordion/vocals

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