I’m interrupting my Seattle coverage to present some images of the excellent letters on display at Lori Bookstein through Saturday. For ten years, Guston and Boghosian exchanged handwritten letters that touched on everything from their financial difficulties, medical updates and family stories to progress reports about their work, anxiety over upcoming exhibitions, elation over good reviews, and hopes for the future. The show, which also includes the playful constructions Boghosian made in response to Guston’s letters after he died in 1980, is a must see. Guston is a charmer. And the show might persuade artists to log out of their email accounts and send handcrafted letters instead–which would be good news for the beleaguered US Postal Service as well as future artists and art historians.
Seattle coverage resumes tomorrow.
“Art and Letters: Varujan Boghosian and Philip Guston,” Lori Bookstein, New York, NY. Through March 29, 2012 – April 28, 2012
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