Espalier in Autumn
Paul Bozkurt was born on Manhattan Island in 1979, in St. Vincent?s Hospital (recent closed, as I?m sure you?re aware by now). Grew up on West 12th st. Attended what was then St. Bernard Elementary School on West 13th, and then Xavier High School on West 16th. A stint at Pace University before moving to Long Island with my parents for a few years, before returning to NYC. Chelsea, then the Upper East Side, where I now reside. Started writing seriously when I was left with no direction after leaving Pace. First poem emerged during first attempt at a novel inspired by a painting my father bought on a whim before he had me?his only son. The resemblance of it to me in early youth is uncanny. It was a good start.
59. (Coney Island, 42nd Street, the Meatpacking District, among other locations)By Raphael Rubinstein
JUNE 2021 | The Miraculous
Deserted by his parents at a young age, subjected to abuse by his supposed caregivers, a New Jersey teenager finally has no option but to drop out of school and run away to New York City where he survives, barely and dangerously, as a street hustler. Now in his mid-20s and trying to make his way as an artist he embarks on a project that takes him back to many of the locations where he used to sell his body for sex: the places I had hung out in as a kid, he later explains, the places I starved in or haunted.
Xavier Daniels: Cry Like A ManBy Charles Moore
DEC 22–JAN 23 | ArtSeen
Xavier Danielss solo exhibition Cry Like a Man underscores the catharsis of vulnerability. On view at the Richard Beavers Gallery through December 30th, the eleven-work show is a catalyst for change.
Bernard Piffaretti with Raphael Rubinstein
JUNE 2022 | Art
In early May, French painter Bernard Piffaretti was in New York for the opening of his exhibition at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea. On the morning of the opening, Bernard and I sat down at the gallery to talk about his work. In preparing for our meeting, it struck me that even though I have known Bernard for a long timewe met in Paris around 1990 through Shirley JaffeI knew very little about his early years, so thats where we began. The interview was conducted in French, which I have translated. A few brief written passages, also originally in French, were added later.
Maureen St. Vincent: Ripple HissBy Elizabeth Buhe
DEC 22–JAN 23 | ArtSeen
Maureen St. Vincents six pastel drawings (all 2022) now on view at Hesse Flatow are surreal, grotesque, and seductive. Amoebas squirm and snails slide. In Biancabella and the Snake, a slender onyx serpent winds through a landscape of puffy pink or yellow biomorphs, its body cleaved improbably by an undulating vulva hovering at compositional center. In Prices Daughters, a braided umbilical cord penetrates a six-fingered shell while its twins upper lobe bears a butterfly-shaped hole. Through this puncture an orange-trimmed background spills forth its blue insides, confounding the laws of space. Here, base organisms are pristine: nowhere do we find a slime trails glimmer.