The curatorial focus emphasizes the Genesis story’s foundational position in the mythology of language. This is fitting for an exhibition that brings together artists whose diverse languages — and even alphabets — represent countries well-steeped in the history of making language visible.
It’s an unsentimental portrait, to say the least.
It’s telling that Exchange Rates, last weekend’s Bushwick-wide art event, is described on its official website as “an exposition,” as opposed to a straightforward exhibition or a sales-driven art fair. The four-day program of pop-up shows, talks, panels, performances, and ambulatory happenings felt at times like a biennial, a symposium, and, yes, even an art fair.
In 1965, when Will Horwitt was 31, the world was opening up for him. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in sculpture, followed three years later by a Tiffany Purchase Grant. His work was beginning to attract the attention of heavyweight collectors and eventually it found its way into such major public collections as the Guggenheim, Hirshhorn, Albright Knox and Yale. By 1985 he was dead of lymphoma.
So much paper! What is a clutterer to do? As a lifelong homebody, I hesitate to walk out my front door. But last Friday night (upon a friend’s urging), I ventured outside, and I’m glad I did. Why? I stumbled across Schema Projects, the first gallery in Bushwick dedicated exclusively to works of art on paper. Conceived by artist Mary Judge, the gallery features drawings, prints, sketchbooks, illustrations, and all things related to paper. Housed in a former barbershop, the project space is modest. The room is spare and high-ceilinged and offers lots of natural light. It is a delightful venue to see art.