13 October, 2010
Walking into the LeRoy Neiman Gallery this October might feel like a step back in time to an early ’60s pop surrealist showcase. The exhibition—titled “Fool’s House” and curated by Nora Griffin, MFA ’11—combines tongue-in-cheek conceptual humor with a touch of ready-made workmanship.
The inspiration for the exhibition is a Jasper Johns painting (also called “Fool’s House”) that depicts the artist’s objects (specifically a broom, a stretcher, a towel, and a cup), as if they were actually attached to the canvas. Johns irreverently scribbles the titles of each object with an arrow pointing toward it and incorporates the text “Fool’s House” partially into the composition. The exhibition tries to use Johns’ energetic and slightly devious painting as a taking-off point for, in the words of Griffin, “an endless conversation.” [Full Story]