From the Seventies

John Ashbery, Joe Brainard and Donald Evans

November 5 – December 5, 2009

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Rainbow)
1975
mixed media collage
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Joe Brainard
Madonna of the Peas
1975
mixed media collage
13 x 10 1/2 inches

Joe Brainard
Untitled (do Not Use on Plastic Lenses)
1975
mixed media and gouache on paper
6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches

Joe Brainard
Untitled (these Truths...)
1975
mixed media and gouache on paper
6 x 4 inches

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Male Figure)
1977
gouache on paper
6 x 4 inches

John Ashbery
Cushing's Island
c. 1972
collage
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

John Ashbery
L'Heure exquise
c. 1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Private Collection

John Ashbery
Reservoir Cat
c. 1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

John Ashbery
Circle Park
c. 1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

John Ashbery
Tramping Party
1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
private collection

John Ashbery
3:10 to Yuma
c. 1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

John Ashbery
The Gleaners
c. 1972
collage
3 x 4 3/4 inches

John Ashbery
Muzzle
c. 1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

John Ashbery
Cape of Good Hope
1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2
private collection

John Ashbery
Old Town
c. 1972
collage
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

Donald Evans
Fauna, 1868
1976
watercolor on paper

Donald Evans
Tropides Islands, 1939. Fruits.
1973
watercolor and rubber stamp on paper

Donald Evans
Cape Girao, 1852. View of Cape Girao
1973
watercolor and rubber stamp on paper

Donald Evans
Gnostis, 1957. Natural Phenomena
1972-1973
watercolor on paper

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Runner)
1976
mixed media collage
9 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Palm)
1976
mixed media collage
9 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Drop by Drop)
1976
mixed media collage
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Birch Trees)
1971
watercolor cut-out
8 x 6 inches
private collection

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Bicycle Ace)
1975
mixed media and gouache on paper
6 x 4 inches

Joe Brainard
Untitled (Cardinal Rose)
1977
mixed media collage
7 x 5 inches

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition that joins together small-scale works on paper from the 1970s by John Ashbery, Joe Brainard and Donald Evans.

John Ashbery, the celebrated poet, is represented by a series of collages which he crafts from vintage postcards that he collected while living in Paris. Joe Brainard (1942-1994) is best known for his small scale collages and works on paper, in which he combines a technical skill and gift for composition along with seemingly endless invention and imagination. Donald Evans (1945-1977) painted thousands of postage stamps over the course of his short life, commemorating imaginary countries complete with their own history, geography, currency, and customs.

In contrast to cool Minimalism, the prevailing movement of the 1970s, these three artists each developed their own, idiosyncratic vision that was charming, modest, often humorous, and seemingly in dialogue with one another. For instance, many of the materials that Ashbery layers onto his vintage postcards were given to him by Brainard. In addition, Ashbery has included in one collage a triangular stamp similar to triangular stamps that often appeared in Evans' work from the same period.