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|A modernist, innovative painter and sculptor whose styles ranged from
Cubism to Pop Art, Michael Hurson was born in Youngstown, Ohio and
beginning in the late 1960s, became a part of the New York art
scene. His longtime dealer was Paula Cooper, and his first
one-person exhibition in New York was in 1974 at the Museum of Modern
Art. Although he was more associated with painting, his MOMA
entries were 'Projects', "seven meticulously detailed, balsa-wood
models of modern interiors. Placed at eye level throughout the
gallery, the works were like miniature stage sets for plays waiting to
take place." |
Eight years later, at the Public Theatre in New York, he created "a
sort of immobile puppet show, a gosspipy conversation between two
lightbulbs, one red, the other blue---two sides of the same
persona." It is likely that Hurson was influenced in this
exhibition by his work, just after completing attendance at the Art
Institute of Chicago in the 1960s, of serving as assistant to puppeteer
Burr Tilstrom in his popular television series, Kukla, Fran and Ollie.
At this time, Hurson was associating with leading edge artists such as
Jennifer Bartlett and Robert Moskowitz and was doing rather spare
paintings to capture happenings of the minute. These works were
intended as statements to counter grandiose American epic pieces.
He also did portrait drawings, and "Cubist style drawings of pencils,
wire coat hangers, and odd bits of furniture" with the goal of bringing
to life objects that seemed inanimate.
Michael Hurson died at age 65 in Nyack, New York.
Thomas Lawson, "Fractional Gift---Passages", Artforum, April 2007, p. 67
New York Times Obituary (for correct place of death)
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