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Artist Talk: Sandro Chia & Donald Kuspit, Sat Feb 18, 3pm

MARC STRAUS is proud to present an artist talk between renowned art critic Donald Kuspit and Italian artist Sandro Chia on Saturday, February 18th at 3pm.

Kuspit comments, “It has been said that in old age one tends to be more epitomizing, suggesting that Chia’s late paintings are a sort of epitomizing allegory of painting. The individual is their focus; Chia is the emblem of sustained individuality in an alien modern world—not only the individuality of the artist but of every person.”

It has been almost a decade since Sandro Chia showed new paintings in New York. Marc Straus Gallery, who now represents the Italian artist, will present a body of new paintings in a landmark exhibition that opens on February 15 through to April 2, 2017. To commemorate this inaugural exhibition, the artist Chia will be in dialogue with art critic Donald Kuspit, discussing the new paintings, his career and Chia’s location in the history of 20th century

Marc Straus, Sandro Chia and Donald Kuspit invite you to join them in conversation on Saturday, February 18th, at 3pm, at MARC STRAUS Gallery, 299 Grand Street New York NY 10002. The talk is open to public and will last for about one hour. Seats are very limited and on a first come first serve basis. The talk starts promptly at 3pm. Please arrive early as this talk will fill up quickly.

Read Donald Kuspit’s essay here.

About Donald Kuspit
Donald Kuspit (born March 26, 1935) is an American art critic, poet, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and former professor of art history at the School of Visual Arts. Kuspit is one of America’s most distinguished art critics with many accolades such as the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism in 1983, the Tenth Annual Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Newington-Cropsey Foundation in 2008 and in 2014 he was the first recipient of the Gabarron Foundation Award for Cultural Thought. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim Foundation, and Asian Cultural Council, among other organizations. He has doctorates in philosophy (University of Frankfurt) and art history (University of Michigan), as well as degrees from Columbia University, Yale University, and Pennsylvania State University.

He has written numerous articles, exhibition reviews, catalogue essays, lectured at many universities and art schools, curated many exhibitions, and edited several series for UMI Research Press and the Cambridge University Press. Among his books are The Critic Is Artist: The Intentionality of Art (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1984); The End of Art (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004) and many, many more. He has written monographs on individual artists, serves as a contributing editor for several art magazines, and published several books of poetry.


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