1/26/2006

Karen Heagle
















Opening at i-20 Saturday January 28 6-8 p.m
557 West 23rd Street

23 comments:

fairy butler said...

i am excited to see karen's show.

dubz said...

yeah, me too.

Painter said...

It has been to long. I am excited to see what she has been up to and the new i-20 space.

burrito brother said...

i feel like she's made a real leap with this body of work.
I can't believe D.Reich stopped showing her work...

Painter said...

I know he never even gave her a show.

fairy butler said...

i know bb, that was really a weird thing with DR. ??

w.w. said...

I used to work at DR... it was a weird thing. But Karen moved on to better things!

Painter said...

W.W. you have inside word on a lot of places. I am glad she found a new place. It sucks when a dealer does stuff like that to an artist. I had a similar experience and it messed me and my work up for a while but then something better always or hopefully comes a long.

w.w. said...

I think it was Karen's choice to move on. She rocks.

mountain man said...

That's a good story. People should always extract themselves from shitty dealer situations. Can't wait to see her new work.

burrito brother said...

maybe you should show at I20 fb. Maybe they're on to something over there...

fairy butler said...

who knows bb? i know little of I-20. in general, i am afraid of venturing forth, but i must soon. the sadness is lurking.

w.w. said...

fb, I know that sadness. like a crushing weight, running out your eyeballs and into the street.

painter, thanks for looking at my little brown painting on my blog. i like it again.

mountain man said...

I know something about Mr. I-20 and I am not ashamed to say it. Once, he offered to lick the bottom of my shoes if I let him come home with me. This was long ago. Needless to say it did not come to pass. However, his taste in Karen Heagle's work makes him seem almost human again. Thank goodness to the spirits of art for that.

burrito brother said...

So, I do think Karen's work is good, but why??? There are at least 3 or 4 grad students at every grad school every year that paint in this style, but she has a little something extra.
what is it?
is it all her subject choices?
her skillz?

mountain man said...

The pain of unrepresentation or representation by the wrong dealer is a bad pain. It rivals gonad pain. I am so happy to find people like you in the ether. Yous guys. Relief comes. Hope comes. Satisfaction in the ether. Cheers to the ether. Jeers to the bad guys.

mountain man said...

I think it has to do, BB, in my opinion, with her variety of subject choices, yes, and her unafraid awkwardness. She emphasizes the awkward and it is charming. And her work is so unformulaic and seems to be close-up to her subjects rather than knowingly distant. This is my theory.

burrito brother said...

True. Like a Nan Goldin, but in the language of painting...

mrs. lollabridgida said...

i think one reason that karens portraits are so powerful is their sexual ambiguity. and then the messiness of the paint and the colors are good. as a painter i really enjoy their painterliness.

Anonymous said...

my friend was looking at them yesterday and said they're the gayest paintings she has ever seen. she's gay so she said it in a totally good way. i thought karen would want to know that she got the thumbs up from gaydom. maybe that's what makes them so good!

Anonymous said...

"The colors are good."

Anonymous said...

It's true. Daniel Reich never showed her. He just sold her work off.I heard some lame excuse about it being better for him to show small- scale work on paper.She's been busting her ass a long time working day jobs. A nice person.

vitelloni said...

I am sorry but everything about this painting is off, and there seems to be no internal justification why. Nice person or not, she's a crappy painter.