Partners in Art and Life

September 15, 2009 - November 5, 2009
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Partners in Art and Life

curated by Lynn Saville


I am married to a literary artist, the poet Philip Fried. Our lifelong collaboration influenced my idea to curate this exhibition.

According to a Romantic view of artistic endeavor, the artist is a monad - a single, gifted individual pursuing a vision. This exhibition, however, proposes artists of another unit: the dyad, or twosome. The Brooklyn couples included in this show are your neighbors. You can see them doing everything that other couples do: shopping, taking care of children, going to the park, doing the wash. They are also artists, working together or, at least, alongside one another. The purpose of this show is to suggest how couples who are also artists interact with one another by helping, collaborating, criticizing and inspiring.

In the adjacent display cases, you will encounter pictures of these couples, as well as their statements about what it is like to live with another artist. Phrases like "harshest critic and strongest supporter" or "studios separated only by a wall" suggest some of the dynamics. Then, you can make your own way through the displays and special installations featuring these Brooklyn artists' work. Test what they say about being partners in life and art against the evidence of what you see. Your perceptions and insights will make the partnership complete, as the dyad becomes a triad!

Participating Artists:

  • Lauren Bakoian
  • Mildred Beltre
  • Claudine Brown
  • Larry Brown
  • Beth Caspar
  • Matthew Deleget
  • Scott Dolan
  • Jeffrey Dreiblatt
  • Bruce Gagnier
  • Kate Gardner
  • Nicholas Hamilton
  • Marcia Hillis
  • Julian Jackson
  • Jodie Vicenta Jacobson
  • Robert James
  • David Jelinek
  • Tatiana Kronberg
  • Tine Lundsfryd
  • Rene Lynch
  • Stephen Maine
  • Rossana Martinez
  • David Melrose
  • Carol Morrison
  • Don Muchow
  • Margaret Neill
  • Gelah Penn
  • Brian Ripel
  • Jean Shin
  • Michael Volonakis
  • William S. Walker, Jr.

BPL Exhibition, Partners in Art and LifeLynn Saville has been part of the teaching faculty at International Center of Photography in Manhattan since 2000 and at New York University since 2004. She has done portrait photography commissions for individuals, foundations and companies since 1985. She recently exhibited her work at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in Manhattan, and was in a group show at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina. She will also show her work this fall at the Kayafas Gallery in Boston and the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. She earned a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a B.A. from Duke University.

Portrait of Lynn Saville by Vanessa Star

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