Alexander Kauffman Wins Herskovic Prize
The 2014 Herskovic Essay Prize, sponsored by a generous donation from Drs. Marika and Thomas Herskovic, has been awarded to Alexander Kauffman, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. The $1000 prize recognizes outstanding scholarship by a graduate student on a topic related to Abstrac t Expressionism. Mr. Kauffman's winning essay, "Framing the Erasure: Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, and Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1952-1955," is based on research for his Master's thesis. The selection committee praised his paper as "a sophisticated mapping of the artistic relationship between de Kooning and . . . Rauschenberg that corrects generalized interpretations and misapprehensions about the latter's famous gesture of erasing and then exhibiting a de Kooning drawing related to his Woman series," and "a great opening for consideration of changes of artistic intent at many phases of a work's existence."
Mr. Kauffman earned his bachelor's degree in art history summa cum laude from New York University. In 2013-14 he received the Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he organized the film program for the acclaimed 2012 exhibition, "Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp." From 2009-10 he was a research and editorial assistant to the chief curator of media and performance art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His writing appears in the catalogue of the current exhibition, "Marcel Duchamp. La peinture, même," at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Katy Siegel Appointed to Thaw Endowed Chair
Katy Siegel, a Professor of Art History at Hunter College and Chief Curator of the Hunter College Galleries, will inaugurate the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University. The position, named in honor of distinguished philanthropists, is funded by a generous endowment from the Simons Foundation, a major benefactor to the university. Prof. Siegel will join the Art Department faculty in the fall of 2015. In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising, she will work with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center to promote scholarship on Abstract Expressionism and develop academic and public programming at Stony Brook's Southampton campus.
Prof. Siegel received her master's and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship focuses on modern and contemporary art. Her most recent books are Abstract Expressionism (Phaidon, 2011) and Since '45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art (Reaktion, 2011), which details the collision of American social history and European modern art. A previous book, Art Works: Money (Thames & Hudson, 2004), co-authored with Paul Mattick, deals with the relationship between contemporary art and commerce. She has written numerous catalog essays for such institutions as the Whitney Museum, LAMoCA, SFMoMA, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, and Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof, and has organized a number of exhibitions, including "High Times Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-75," which toured internationally and received an Award of Curatorial Excellence from the International Association of Art Critics.
She is also a curator at large at Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum, the former Editor in Chief of Art Journal, a member of the Brooklyn Rail editorial board, and a contributing editor to Artforum.
Guitar Sales to Benefit Pollock-Krasner House
Jackson Pollock's dynamic painting style has inspired musicians in diverse genres. From minimalist composer Morton Feldman, free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman and soprano sax virtuoso Jane Ira Bloom to British rockers The Stone Roses, Japanese singer-songwriter Tatsuya Ishii, and American rapper Lil Wayne, they identify with Pollock’s audacious, action-packed creativity. His process was like a performance, and his art has often been compared to music. Now musical artists can tap directly into Pollock’s energy when they play the ultra-cool limited edition Jackson Pollock Studio Guitar or Jackson Pollock Studio Bass from Waterstone Musical Instruments of Nashville. Each instrument retails for $1,500, including a hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity. They may be ordered at pollockguitar.com. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.
Pollock’s studio was a converted barn, where he spread his canvas out flat and danced around it, using rhythmic gestures to apply vivid colors that often spilled over the edges onto the floor. After visiting the studio in East Hampton, New York, Waterstone president Robert Singer got the idea of using a detail of the paint-spattered floor to decorate the face of a special line of instruments. As Singer sees it, "Pollock's canvas caught the moment, but the floor documents the high point of an artist who changed the way people interpret expression. To me, that's the legacy of this project."
"Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are iconic figures in the world of art and culture," says Singer. "Waterstone is very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center through the production of these unique instruments." For more information, contact Singer at email@example.com. Dedicated to "the art of performance," Waterstone has been designing top quality, highly rated electric guitars and basses with a vintage look and feel since 2002. Their full line of instruments is at modguitars.com. Among the celebrated international artists who play Waterstone guitars are Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Pat Smear (Foo Fighters), and bassists Georg Hólm (Sigur Rós), Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Robbie Harrington (Ronnie Dunn) and Bruce Foxton (The Jam, Stiff Little Fingers).