Artists Choose Artists is the Parrish Art Museum’s triennial exhibition that highlights the dynamic relationships among the multi-generational artist community of Long Island’s East End. Artists Choose Artists is designed to catalyze creative networks and encourage mentorship and conversations between artists at varying stages in their careers.
Seven notable artists of the region will jury the exhibition. Each juror selects two artists based on submissions and subsequent studio visits. The exhibition will comprise the work of the seven jurors and the fourteen artists and may include painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and mixed media.
2019 Jurors include Lillian Ball, Ralph Gibson, Valerie Jaudon, Jill Moser, Alexis Rockman, Lucien Smith, and Allan Wexler.
The exhibition is organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.
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About the Jurours
An ecological artist and pro-activist who works with wetland issues from interdisciplinary backgrounds in anthropology, ethnographic film, and sculpture, Lillian Ball (American, b. 1955) believes that innovative artwork with stakeholders on conservation initiatives benefits wildlife, communities, and visitors. Her WATERWASH® public projects along the Bronx River and Mattituck Inlet combine native habitat restoration, stormwater remediation, and preservation. Ball’s documentary Sanctuary depicts efforts by a Buddhist monk to preserve native flora and fauna in Lumbini, Nepal, to protect the Sarus cranes nesting at Buddha’s birthplace, endangered by over-development. Ball exhibits and lectures at international institutions including at Kathmandu’s Taragaon Museum; Seville Biennale; and Reina Sofia, Madrid. Awards include NYFA Fellowships, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and NEA grant.
Best known for his photographic books, Ralph Gibson (American, b. 1939) has published more than 40 monographs beginning with the landmark publication SOMNAMBULIST (1970). His images often incorporate erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. Recently, Gibson began to incorporate photographs and musical compositions into film and live performances at New York’s Roulette and The Stone, among other venues, and in 2010 he collaborated with Lou Reed on the film Red Shirley. Gibson’s work, featured in more than 170 museum collections worldwide, has been the subject of hundreds of solo exhibitions, including the retrospective Quartet at The High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2012). Awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award, and the Silver Plumb Award, Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Artist Achievement Award (2015), and Palm Springs Fine Art Festival Photographer of the Year Award (2016). Gibson is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.
East Hampton and New York-based abstract painter Valerie Jaudon’s (American, b. 1945) painterly yet rigorous and complex geometrical works have been exhibited worldwide for five decades. Originally part of the Pattern and Decoration movement, an aspect of the larger postminimalist trend, Jaudon explores the language, grammar, and forms of abstraction. Her work is widely collected and exhibited in museums in the United States and Europe, including The Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and National Gallery, Washington DC; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and Humlebaeck, Denmark. Jaudon has created large-scale permanent public works for The Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; the Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Reagan National Airport, Washington DC; and the Manhattan Municipal Building and MTA Lexington Avenue Subway, 23rd Street, New York.
Jill Moser (American, b. 1956), best known for her strongly gestural paintings and prints, has explored painting, writing, and animated image for three decades. During the past 15 years, Moser has realized a wide range of collaborative projects with poets including Charles Bernstein and Major Jackson, and numerous print editions with Landfall Press, Brand X, and other publishers. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, and is included in museum and public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Gallery of Art, DC; Yale University Art Museum; National Library of France, Paris; and Harvard’s Fogg Museum. Moser has taught at Princeton University and Virginia Commonwealth University, among others.
Painter Alexis Rockman (American, b. 1962) has depicted a darkly surreal vision of the collision between civilization and nature—often apocalyptic scenarios on a monumental scale—for more than three decades. He has been the subject of many international solo and group exhibitions, including a mid-career survey, Alexis Rockman A Fable for Tomorrow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC (2010) and Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2011); East End Field Drawings at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY (2015); The Great Lakes Cycle, Grand Rapids Art Museum; Chicago Cultural Center; and Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis. His work is represented in public and private collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Brooklyn Museum, New York; and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. His forthcoming monograph, Alexis Rockman: Works on Paper, will be published by Damiani in 2020.
Best known for his process-based abstract works, Lucien Smith (American, b. 1989) employs both accidental and improvisational marks to create loose, all-over compositions. His series of Rain Paintings, made using paint-filled fire extinguishers, is considered a quintessential example of what critics dubbed Zombie Formalism during the early 2010s. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Smith attended Cooper Union School of Art and graduated with a BFA in 2011, and later worked as a studio assistant for the artist Dan Colen. Smith’s quick rise to success was initiated in part when Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn discovered his work while he was still in school, and gave him an exhibition at Salon 94. He has since shown with Skarstedt Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, and Half Gallery in New York, among others. Forbes featured Smith in both its 2013 and 2014 list of “30 under 30” in the Art & Style category . The New York Times named him “the art world Wunderkind.” Smith lives and works in New York City and Montauk, NY.
Working in the fields of architecture, design, and fine art, Allan Wexler (American, b. 1949) focuses his work on the built environment, creating drawings, multimedia objects, images, and installations that alter perceptions of domestic activities. Acting as an investigator rather than searching for definitive solutions, Wexler creates buildings, furniture, vessels, and utensils as backdrops and props for everyday human activity such as eating, sleeping, and bathing. Absurd Thinking: Between Art and Design, a monograph on Wexler’s work, was recently published by Lars Müller. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a winner of a Chrysler Award for Design Innovation, George Nelson Design Award, and the Henry J. Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum. In 2016, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has exhibited and lectured internationally. He currently teaches in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York.