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 William Rand  (20/21 centuries)

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Lived/Active: Maine/New York      Known for: painting, sculpture

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Biography from a third party submitted on 10/02/2008:
William Rand grew up in Maine and graduated from The Portland School of Art in 1978, a painting major.  In the late seventies William took Fluxus Tutorials from Albert M. Fine in Portland.

In 1980 William Rand was photographed by photographer Timothy Greenfield Sanders and the image is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York.

In the eighties the artist moved frequently between Blue Hill, Maine and New York, where he maintained studios.  In New York, Rand worked with Beat poet/Warhol Factory member Taylor Mead, illustrating and publishing a set of five large prints of poems by Taylor Mead from 1960, and printed by Richard Wilson and in the collections of the New York Public Library Print Department, The Farnsworth Museum and Wyeth Center, and the Colby College Museum.

The poet and Warhol Factory Superstar Rene Ricard, who wrote for Artforum (championing painters such as Schnabel, Clemente and Basquait) penned "Les Lecons des Tenebres" (The Lessens of the Shadows) in 1989 which was published for Rand´s exhibition the same year at 56 Bleecker Gallery Ltd. in New York and republished for Rand´s 1992 solo exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art, curated by Bill Stelling, of the Fun Gallery.

Rand exhibited widely in New York in the eighties and nineties, moving to Spain in 1997, to work in Ibiza and move to Madrid, where he opened a studio. In 2000, William began a two year collaboration with poet and New York art critic Richard Milazzo (who championed a new generation of artists called Neo Geo including Peter Halley and Jeff Koons) resulting in the catalog essay  "William Rand´s Ava Gardner: Sacred and Profane", for a 2002 exhibition in Madrid.  Rand opened a studio on the Mediterranean in 2005, where he has been illustrating Billy Budd by Herman Melville.

The artist frequently visits and paints and sculpts in Maine where he has a large family, often passing time at Hopkins Island, the family´s island on The New Meadows River.

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