26 Wooster Street
With Hernan Bas, Matt Greene, Jane Gilday, Danny Hobart, Cherry Hood, Violet Hopkins, Nick Lowe, Ted Mineo, Paul P., and Lou Reed
Deitch Projects and Art Production Fund presented an exhibition of reading and live performance inspired by literary maverick JT LeRoy upon the release of his first illustrated novella, Harold's End.
JT LeRoy, the author of international bestsellers Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, was acclaimed as one of the most compelling and original writers of his generation. His writing earned him a passionate following among fans and artists of all disciplines, who identified with his vivid descriptions of a world where fantasy and reality were interchangeable, and where the results were at once exquisite and utterly devastating.
"JT's stories are like stitches, like exit wounds, dispatches, dispositions. He is the brilliant, gifted and profound fly on the wall. You'll need handkerchiefs and novocaine to get you through this." -- Tom Waits, Singer/Songwriter
JT LeRoy's vibrant and continuous rapport with other artists was the inspiration for this exhibition performance project. Deitch Projects, in keeping with its cross-disciplinary program, was interested in exploring the relationship between contemporary art and one of the prominent young writers closest to new trends in visual arts.
For the exhibition, JT LeRoy wanted to highlight the work of Australian artist Cherry Hood, whose watercolors illustrated his new book. He first saw a small image of a Cherry Hood painting while reading through an Australian magazine that contained a story on his band Thistle. The image resonated so deeply that within the space of a week JT Leroy signed with Last Gasp publications to produce an illustrated Harold's End, with Cherry Hood as the artist. Jane Gilday, another favorite of JT LeRoy, was among the first to express admiration for his work and one of the original members of his online community.
An additional group of artists with whom JT LeRoy found a common vision and who were equally enthusiastic about JT's work were selected by the gallery and Art Production Fund in dialogue with JT LeRoy. These artists included Hernan Bas, Danny Hobart, Violet Hopkins, Nick Lowe, Ted Mineo, Paul P., and Lou Reed. In addition, the author himself was encouraged to make art during his years of rehabilitation. Two of his recent Shadow Boxes were included in the exhibition.
Following the opening reception at 26 Wooster Street, there was a live performance by JT LeRoy's band, Thistle, which had at that time recently released its first EP. I-D Magazine described Thistle as "sliding like a jazzed up piston amongst the dirty garage rock bands of the moment…odd yes, but brilliant definitely." Thistle was followed by a reading from Harold's End by some of JT LeRoy's friends and artistic inspirations including Asia Argento, Tatum O' Neal, Shirley Manson, and Lou Reed.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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