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|John Perreault is an art critic, poet, artist, and past president of the American Section of the International Association of Art Critics. He works in coffee, sand, acrylic, and colored ink. |
Coffee: Victor Hugo, who wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame and other classics in the 19th Century, also produced over 3000 works on paper using coffee, some of which look like Abstract Expressionist paintings. But the real inspiration for my Instant Coffee Paintings is the scheduled demolition of the 14 bedroom Washington Lodge (c. 1845) nestled between Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet. It was once the home of G. Washington (1871-1946) the inventor and promoter of instant coffee. I use a mixture of different brands of instant coffee diluted to various degrees to create different shades and textures on the canvas. These paintings also speak to the iniquitousness of coffee in the global society. The paintings have been conserved with a clear, varnish so that they should not degrade over time.
Sand: Sand has been used in paintings by Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Andre Masson, and Jackson Pollock. I began using sand during a residency at the Provincetown Contract in an historic dune shack in the middle of the Provincetown sand dunes. Later, wanting more variety, I noticed dingy, gray sand on Bellport’s Ho-Hum beach on Fire Island. It smelled very peculiar for something often dismissed as the remains of ice age iron deposits. Iron doesn’t usually smell like motor oil. Thus I discovered the basis of a new kind of oil paint, mine for the taking.
Acrylics and Ink: Recently, I have started working diluted acrylics and inks, combining them with both coffee and sand to experiment with color in conjunction with these other
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2008 Critical Mass Redux, The Laboratory for Art and Research, Denver, Colorado.
2005 Toothpaste Mural #2, Cochise College, AZ
2003 Toothpaste Dream/Zahnpasta Traum. Three-Dimensional Drawing and Toothpaste Dream Performance. Berliner Kunstprojekt.
2012 John Perreault and Mark Van Wagner: Drawing from Sand
Lincoln Gallery, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado
Gallery 125, Bellport, New York.
2011 John Perreault and Mark Van Wagner: Drawing from Sand
Kauai Museum, Hawaii. December - February
2008 Street Works and Performances, The Lab, Denver Colorado
2006 Pattern Language
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana. January
University Art Museum, U. of C., Santa Barbara. June 2006
Weisman Museum of Art, U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis. October 2006
2005 Beijing Biennial
2005 Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, Tufts University Gallery,
2005 Over the Top; Under the Rug. S.I.C.A., Long Branch, N.J. 2005
Meditation/Mediation Performances, The Lab Gallery, NYC
2005 Artcard, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
2003 Artists Fashions, Chelsea Art Museum, NYC.; Berliner Kunstprojekt.
2002 The Free Biennial. Alphabet Streetwork, Tomkins Square Park, NYC.
2002 With/Against Materials, Toothpaste Tondos. Bowman, Penelec and
Megahan Galleries, Allegany College, Meadville, PA
2001 The John H. Hauberg Fellowship-Mercury (enameled glass panel for Dick
Weiss' Time Is A River), William Traver Gallery, Seattle
2001 Neckties: Tying Us Together, Toothpaste Ties. Kohler Arts Center,
2000 Duchamp Traveling Exhibition: Kulturbahnhof, Bremen, Germany;
Emmanuel Heller Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel; The Artists' Museum, Lodz, Poland.
1985 The Gathering of the Avant-Garde, Kenkelba House, NYC
1983 Early Alternatives,The New Museum
1975 Language & Structure, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
1970 Art in the Mind, Oberlin College
1969 Words, Dwan Gallery, NYC (curator: Sol LeWitt)
1969 557, 087, Seattle Museum of Art (curator: Lucy Lippard)
1969 957,087, Vancouver Art Gallery (curator: Lucy Lippard)
Co-coordinator and participant:
1970 World Works, NYC
1969 The Fashion Show Poetry Events I & II, Center for Inter-American Relations and St. Mark's Church, NYC ( by Eduardo Costa, Hannah Weiner, and John Perreault, with fashions by themselves and James Lee Byars, Alex Katz, Les Levine, Marisol, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and others
1969 Street Works (I - VI), various locations in NYC and the Architectural League of New York
Solo Performances (selected)
2008-2011 Circumambulations: World Trade Center Site, P.S.1/MoMA, M.A.D.,
Eastern State Penitentiary, Washington Lodge, Castle Williams on Governors Island.
2008 Block-Long Dinner Party Circumambulation
K.K. Projects, New Orleans.
2008 Critical Mass Redux, The Laboratory for Art and Ideas,
1971 Whitney Museum of Art; Loeb Center, N.Y.U.
1970 Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; 96th Street YMHA...
1969 University Arts Festival, Ann Arbor; Hunter College...
1968 The Architectural League of N.Y.; New York University...
1967 St. Mark's Church, NYC.
Poetry and Fiction:
Locus Solus, Art and Literature, Paris Review, C Magazine, Lines, Nomad,
Sun & Moon, etc. (See special John Perreault issue of Serif for complete listing of magazine publication and poetry anthologies.)
Selections from Motets and Stolen Rhymes, Milk Magazine (milkmag.org) fall 2004.
Hotel Death and Other Tales, Sun & Moon Press, Los Angeles, 1989.
Harry, Coach House Press, Toronto. 1974.
Luck, Kulchur Press, New York. 1969.
Camouflage, Lines Press, Cambridge, Mass.(With an introduction by John Ashbery).1966.
Dylan Thomas Prize, New School, 1962
National Endowment for the Arts, 1967
Art Criticism, Curatorial, Teaching and Administrative Employment:
2003 - present Regular on-line art column: www:artsjournal.com/artopia
2002 Penny McCall Foundation grant (for "invaluable contribution to the art world")
1999- 2003 Contributing Editor, N.Y. Arts Magazine
1996- present Trustee, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
1996- 2002 Editor, GLASS, The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly
1995- 1997 Regular Contributor, REVIEW
1995- 2002 Executive Director, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn
Director and curator, Robert Lehman Gallery, UrbanGlass,Brooklyn
1995 Critic-in-Residence, Glass and Theory Departments, School of Art, University of Australia, Canberra
1993-95 Artistic Director, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn
1990-93 Senior Curator, The American Craft Museum
1988-90 Art critic specializing in contemporary art, design and crafts; lecturer.
Regular contributor The Village Voice.
1985-88 Director and Curator, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, N.Y., N.Y.
1983-1984 Chief Curator, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y.
1975-1982 Senior Art Critic, Soho News, NYC
1982 Visiting Professor of Art Criticism and Contemporary Art, SUN Binghamton.
1978-1981 President, The American Section, International Association of Art Critics.
1979 Art Criticism Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
1977 Distinguished Professor of Art Criticism, U. of Arizona .
1976 Professor of Art Criticism and Contemporary Art, University of California, San Diego.
1966-1974 Chief Art Critic, The Village Voice, NYC.
1974 U.S. Commissioner of the Tokyo Biennale of Figurative Art.
1973 Art Criticism Fellowship, National Endowment.
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Articles on contemporary art, crafts, and design:
Art News, Arts, Art International, Artscanada, Art and Artist. New York, Vogue,
Art in America, Artforum, Portfolio, Du, Art Criticism, The Village Voice, American Craft, American Ceramics, Glass Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Review, New York Arts.
Selected Catalogue essays:
Patterning Painting, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Directions in Realism, Danforth Museum
Wiley Territory, Walker Art Center
Usable Art, Queens Museum
Decoration, Venice Biennale
Streamline Design, Queens Museum
Floored, C.W.Post College
Chuck Close, Pace Gallery
Audrey Fleck, Louis Meisel Gallery
Adornments, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
Fiber R/Evolution, Milwaukee Art Museum
Ann Sperry: A Survey, Snug Harbor
Gillian Jagger: Major Works, Snug Harbor
The New Furniture, American Craft Museum
More Than One, American Craft Museum
Minimal Art, E.P. Dutton, 1968
Idea Art, E.P. Dutton, 1973
Theories of Contemporary Art, Prentice-Hall, 1985
Objects and Meanings, Scarecrow Press
The Art Quilt (Preface), Quilt Digest Press, 1986
Richard Estes by Louis Meisel with an Essay by John Perreault, Abrams, 1986
The Drawings and Watercolors of Philip Pearlstein, Abrams. 1988.
Curator of the following exhibitions (selected):
1995-02 Over 25 exhibitions of contemporary glass art at the Robert
Lehman Gallery of UrbanGlass; solos, theme shows and three biennial surveys.
1992 American Ceramics of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Centenary Project, American Craft Museum
1991 More Than One, American Craft Museum
1990 The New Furniture, American Craft Museum
1987 Ana Mendieta, New Museum (co-curated with Petra Barreras del Rio
1985-88 75 exhibitions at Snug Harbor.
1984 Streamline Design, Queens Museum
1983 Floored (Lynda Benglis, Lila Katzen, Harmony Hammond, Tina Girouard, Hillwood Art Gallery , C. W. Post College
1983 Fordham Sculpture Garden (Co-curated with Vivienne Wechter).
1981 Usable Art (Joyce Kozloff, Scott Burton, etc). SUNY Plattsburg,
Queens Museum, Danforth Museum
1977 Pattern Painting, P.S. 1
1974 American Section, First Tokyo Biennale of Figurative Art
1973 The Male Nude, School of Visual Art, Art Gallery, N.Y.C.
1969 Co-organizer of The Fashion Show Poetry Event (Warhol, Oldenburg, Marisol, Rosenquist, etc.) Center for Inter-American Relations.
Information provided by Lisette Ruch.
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