Book launch and barbecue cookout with Alex Da Corte celebrating the release of “Slow Graffiti” and “50 Wigs,” two recent publications of the artist’s work.
Soak in the summer with food, refreshments, and readings by Alissa Bennett and Sam McKinniss as well as a rotating screening of Da Corte’s latest video work. RSVP HERE
Alex Da Corte’s artist’s book “Slow Graffiti,” made on the occasion of his show at Vienna Secession, comprises two volumes: a conversation between the artist and the Los Angeles-based writer and critic Bruce Hainley, and Sorcery, a photographic comic strip by New York-based curator and writer Bob Nickas.
“50 Wigs” includes essays by art writer William Pym, curator Kim Nguyen (CCA Wattis), and artist Sam McKinniss, and is made in collaboration with Da Corte and The Andy Warhol Museum for his 2016 show at Herning Museum of Art.
Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1980. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art. His first survey exhibition Free Roses was held at MASS MoCA, North Adams in 2016. Other recent exhibitions include Slow Graffiti at Vienna Secession, Austria (2017); A Man Full Of Trouble at Maccarone Gallery, New York; 50 Wigs at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark; Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; A Season in He’ll at Art + Practice, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Easternsports at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014, together with Jayson Musson). In 2012, Da Corte was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Crime enthusiast and writer Alissa Bennett was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1980. She is the author of DEAD IS BETTER, a twice-yearly zine dedicated to celebrity death, criminal behavior, and the American television program Intervention. Bennett lives and works in Brooklyn.
Sam McKinniss is an artist in New York. His paintings have been featured in numerous group shows and solo presentations internationally. Most recently, his portrait of the pop star Lorde was featured as the cover art for her sophomore album, “Melodrama.” As a writer, McKinniss frequently collaborates with Da Corte, having created a monologue featured in the exhibition “Slow Graffiti” as well as contributing a semi-biographical essay to the catalog for “50 Wigs.”