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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
At the risk of emboldening the surfer/hippie populations of Saint Augustine, Robin and I have committed to a timetable for withdrawal from Florida. The movers will be here to pack us up on the 26th and 27th!
We will then be able to concentrate the majority of our forces on the looming conflict in New Jersey.
Posted by Paul Behnke at 11:59 AM
Monday, June 18, 2007
I had such a great time in Ireland last week.
The opening at the Hallward went really well---My friends John, Sioban and Shelia were able to make it so I wasn't as nervous as I would have been if I didn't know anyone there. The place was packed and I was able to meet a lot of the other artists that were showing. They were all very friendly, inquisitive and unpretentious so that put me at ease as well.
After the opening Sioban and John took me out to dinner in Greystones.
The next day I made the trek out to the Irish Museum of Modern Art for the Lucian Freud exhibit. This was the best show I've ever seen---right up there with the huge Guston retrospective in Fort Worth.
The paintings were staggering and it was amazing to see a show in which the work spoke for itself. It didn't matter who the sitters were or what relation they had to the artist. There were no lengthy explanations or wall text filled with artspeak needed. Incredible...the man is 84 and seems to be at the height of his powers.
The highlights of the show for me were an etching of his wife at the time, sick and in bed, called Ill in Paris, 1948 and a very delicate white charcoal drawing on grey paper called Girl's Head (Pauline Tennant), 1944. Both works were small but impactful. And of course the large paintings such as Portrait on a White Cover, 2002-03, David and Eli, 2003-04, and the massive Leigh Under the Skylight, 1994, just bowled you over.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Robin and I are moving again!
She just turned in her notice at work and I turned in mine yesterday.
Robin accepted a job in Princeton, New Jersey. She will start work in the beginning of July and Joe and I will follow her up in the middle of the month. This is a great opportunity for Robin so she's excited and I'm happy that I'll be closer to a larger and more sophisticated art market. Princeton is about an hour and a half from NYC and an hour from Philadelphia, by train.
We don't know where we will live yet---possibly in one of the smaller art towns in the area like Lambertville, NJ.
We will definitely miss the beach and the great people who've befriended us here.
So, June will be a very busy month.
I'll be heading to Dublin again next Monday to attend the opening of a group show that includes a few of the drawings similar to the ones I showed with Dwayne in March.
I'm excited because it's my first opening at the Hallward but I'm at least equally hyped to see the Lucien Freud show at the IMMA.
Posted by Paul Behnke at 9:48 AM