Saturday, January 7

John Ashbery - New Collages (2017)

“Salle d’Attente” (2016)
"The poet John Ashbery starts many of the collages in his new show at his longtime gallery, Tibor de Nagy, with a found postcard or a color reproduction of an old master painting like Andrea Mantegna’s 1497 'Parnassus.' Atop these politely cropped images, he affixes some small figure cut out of an incongruously different source, a comic strip like 'Popeye' or a vintage Coca-Cola advertisement. He places this figure where it will reinforce rather than disrupt the original composition, so that even as he is shading, psychologizing or interpreting the painting he’s chosen, he’s also letting it shine as it is. ..."
NY Times: What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
Tibor de Nagy Gallery
In John Ashbery’s Collages, Life Is a Mixed-Media Affair