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New Elizabeth Bishop Art Exhibition Coming to Tibor de Nagy

By Harriet Staff


We've been in awe of Elizabeth Bishop's paintings of late, which we mentioned the other day--they've recently been published in a new book from Carcanet. But good news for those of us stateside: In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth, New York's Tibor de Nagy Gallery is to present an "unprecedented exhibition" of the poet's visual work. Going up December 8, the show will feature original artworks and work from Bishop's personal collection, as well as her ACTUAL DESK. More from the release:

One hundred years since her birth, and just over thirty years since her death, Bishop is now considered among the most important American poets of the Twentieth Century. Until now, the one facet of her life that has not been explored fully is the transformative role that the visual arts played in her creative output over her lifetime. Bishop made her own art, mostly in the form of intimate watercolors, gouaches, and drawings. She collected art during her years in Brazil, and was also given (and acquired) pieces by her family and closest artist friends. Like her poems, her own artworks possess an unpretentious earthiness combined with an acute eye for detail of everyday life. She made her art quietly, privately, and gave many of them away to friends over the years. The works in this exhibition were all in her collection at the time of her death.

The exhibition will evoke the poet’s private, domestic world. It will comprise rarely exhibited original works by the artist, including enchanting watercolors and gouaches, as well as two enigmatic box assemblages that are indebted to Joseph Cornell. In addition, the exhibition will include a selection of works by other artists: two paintings by the primitive painter Gregorio Valdes, an early Calder print, a relief painting by John Ferren, among others. There will also be two family portraits and a landscape that she inherited, which she writes about in her poems and prose pieces.

The gallery is publishing a 48 page hardbound book with texts by noted writers Dan Chiasson, Joelle Biele and the Pulitzer prize winning writer Lloyd Schwartz.

Visit Tibor de Nagy's website for more information on "Elizabeth Bishop: Objects & Apparitions." December 8, 2011-January 21, 2012.

Originally Published: November 9th, 2011