Dan Walsh in Conversation with Lisa Dorin

Artist Dan Walsh and curator Lisa Dorin will discuss two recent publications about the artist’s work: Dan Walsh Installations (2018) and Dan Walsh Pressing Matter (2019).

Well known for his multifaceted output of abstract paintings, print editions, artist books, and sculpture, Dan Walsh has also consistently engaged in a rich practice as creator and curator of site-specific installations. Taking manifold forms, these combinatory, nuanced installations often reconceive entire spaces and how art is presented within them. Some include Walsh’s own paintings, in addition to works by other artists, and other visual interventions, as well as a range of objects, found or made. Published as a four-part boxed set, Dan Walsh Installations brings together, for the first time, a careful examination of the artist’s work in this area of art-making. Following an introductory essay by Joe Fyfe, the publication chronologically catalogues Walsh’s projects spanning from 1997 through 2017 with photographic documentation and reprinted articles, interviews, and correspondence.

Dan Walsh Pressing Matter is published on the occasion of Walsh’s major one-person survey at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Netherlands, on view from January 25, 2019 through January 12, 2020. The exhibition brings together twelve recent paintings, a series of works on paper, and a selection of handmade books. The accompanying, richly illustrated catalogue opens with a foreword by the museum’s Artistic Director, Stijn Huijts, followed by texts from Paula van den Bosch and Dominic van den Boogerd and an interview between Bob Nickas and the artist. Rooted in the economical visual idiom of minimal painting from the 1960s and 70s, Walsh’s compositions consist of complex combinations of decorative structures that evoke associations ranging from ornamental architecture to fabric. His work aims to bridge the gap between a modernist tradition that strives for autonomy and the collective history of applied arts.

Dan Walsh is a painter, printmaker, bookmaker, and sculptor based in New York City. Walsh is known for his abstract paintings that employ linear geometry while at the same time subverting it with irregularly drawn shapes, inconstant lines and a pervasive wit. Over time, Walsh’s formal (yet purposefully casual) vocabulary has tended to concentrate around the repetition of simple strokes forming intricate, visually striking patterns. Walsh’s work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum, New York; the Centre national d’art contemporain, Nice; la Synagogue de Delme, France; CCNOA (Art + Architecture) in Brussels, Belgium; and the Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz. He has also been included in the Ljubljiana Biennial, Slovenia, and the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, France. Most recently, his work has been the subject of a major survey titled Pressing Matter at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Netherlands (2019). He is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City; and the Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneve, Switzerland.

Lisa Dorin is Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Williams College Museum of Art where since 2013 she has overseen the exhibition program and permanent collection. She served for one year as WCMA’s Interim Director from 2017–2018. Dorin was Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2005–2013 where she programmed the museum’s film, video and new media collection and curated one-person exhibitions as part of the museum’s focus series. Recent exhibitions and installations at Williams include: New Painting (2019); Diana al-Hadid Delirious Matter, a public artwork originally organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy (2018); Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance (2017), co-curated with David Levine, Marsha Ginsberg and Amy Holzapfel; and Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh (2016). Recent acquisitions include sculptures by Hannah Wilke and Mel Edwards, and paintings by Monika Baer, Richard Hawkins, and Meleko Mokgosi. Dorin regularly co-teaches courses on curatorial and museum practice at Williams. She is currently working on an upcoming project with artist Michael Rakowitz.











When: Thu., March 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Where: 192 Books
192 Tenth Ave.
212-255-4022
Price: Free
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Artist Dan Walsh and curator Lisa Dorin will discuss two recent publications about the artist’s work: Dan Walsh Installations (2018) and Dan Walsh Pressing Matter (2019).

Well known for his multifaceted output of abstract paintings, print editions, artist books, and sculpture, Dan Walsh has also consistently engaged in a rich practice as creator and curator of site-specific installations. Taking manifold forms, these combinatory, nuanced installations often reconceive entire spaces and how art is presented within them. Some include Walsh’s own paintings, in addition to works by other artists, and other visual interventions, as well as a range of objects, found or made. Published as a four-part boxed set, Dan Walsh Installations brings together, for the first time, a careful examination of the artist’s work in this area of art-making. Following an introductory essay by Joe Fyfe, the publication chronologically catalogues Walsh’s projects spanning from 1997 through 2017 with photographic documentation and reprinted articles, interviews, and correspondence.

Dan Walsh Pressing Matter is published on the occasion of Walsh’s major one-person survey at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Netherlands, on view from January 25, 2019 through January 12, 2020. The exhibition brings together twelve recent paintings, a series of works on paper, and a selection of handmade books. The accompanying, richly illustrated catalogue opens with a foreword by the museum’s Artistic Director, Stijn Huijts, followed by texts from Paula van den Bosch and Dominic van den Boogerd and an interview between Bob Nickas and the artist. Rooted in the economical visual idiom of minimal painting from the 1960s and 70s, Walsh’s compositions consist of complex combinations of decorative structures that evoke associations ranging from ornamental architecture to fabric. His work aims to bridge the gap between a modernist tradition that strives for autonomy and the collective history of applied arts.

Dan Walsh is a painter, printmaker, bookmaker, and sculptor based in New York City. Walsh is known for his abstract paintings that employ linear geometry while at the same time subverting it with irregularly drawn shapes, inconstant lines and a pervasive wit. Over time, Walsh’s formal (yet purposefully casual) vocabulary has tended to concentrate around the repetition of simple strokes forming intricate, visually striking patterns. Walsh’s work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum, New York; the Centre national d’art contemporain, Nice; la Synagogue de Delme, France; CCNOA (Art + Architecture) in Brussels, Belgium; and the Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz. He has also been included in the Ljubljiana Biennial, Slovenia, and the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, France. Most recently, his work has been the subject of a major survey titled Pressing Matter at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Netherlands (2019). He is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City; and the Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneve, Switzerland.

Lisa Dorin is Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Williams College Museum of Art where since 2013 she has overseen the exhibition program and permanent collection. She served for one year as WCMA’s Interim Director from 2017–2018. Dorin was Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2005–2013 where she programmed the museum’s film, video and new media collection and curated one-person exhibitions as part of the museum’s focus series. Recent exhibitions and installations at Williams include: New Painting (2019); Diana al-Hadid Delirious Matter, a public artwork originally organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy (2018); Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance (2017), co-curated with David Levine, Marsha Ginsberg and Amy Holzapfel; and Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh (2016). Recent acquisitions include sculptures by Hannah Wilke and Mel Edwards, and paintings by Monika Baer, Richard Hawkins, and Meleko Mokgosi. Dorin regularly co-teaches courses on curatorial and museum practice at Williams. She is currently working on an upcoming project with artist Michael Rakowitz.

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