Events for this week: Alexi Worth and Valetudo

Here’s more information about this Tuesday’s VCS-sponsored lecture by painter Alexi Worth, taken from SVA’s press release for the event:

Alexi Worth is a painter whose work combines formal simplicity and humor, often relying on interrupted, cropped or overshadowed views. Writing in The New York Times, critic Roberta Smith described Worth’s paintings as marked by “quirky realism and deliberate surfaces.” A senior critic at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Fine Art, Worth has curated exhibitions in Boston and New York; and has written about art for Art in America, Artforum, The New Yorker and other publications.

For additional information about the event, click on the image above. You can also visit Alexi Worth’s web site to see images of his work, exhibition reviews, and some of his writings.

The lecture is the first entry in this SVA’s Art in the First Person lecture series for Fall 2010. It will take place this Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30pm, in Room 101C at 133/141 West 21st Street; as with all of SVA’s Art in the First Person events, it is free and open to the public.

Another event worth checking out is the opening for the exhibition Valetudo: Art and Healing in Provence, sponsored by the The MPS Art Therapy Department and displayed in the Westside Gallery (133/141 West 21st Street). The exhibition consists of works made by psychiatric patients at the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul in Saint-Rémy. France. The Maison de Santé Saint-Paul is best known as the place where Vincent Van Gogh spent a year toward the end of his life and painted some his most renowned works, including The Starry Night. Those of you who kept up with this blog over the summer may recall that Tom Huhn’s Art History in Southern France group stopped there during its tour. (I’ve included a couple of Shannon Broder’s photographs from the visit below).

The reception for Valetudo will be this Monday, September 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the exhibition will be up through Saturday, Septmber 18. The show contains a lot of remarkable work, and is well worth checking out. For a lot more information and some images of the artwork in the show, see the exhibition overview at this link.

A bust of Van Gogh located in one of the halls of the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul.

A view through one of the Maison's windows; the works by Van Gogh below show that things haven't changed too much.

Vincent Van Gogh, Green Wheat Field, 1889.

Vincent Van Gogh, Wheat Field with Sun and Cloud, 1889.

A room similar to the one where Van Gogh stayed. (His room still exists, but is in a part of the facility that is closed to the public.)

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