(Dance), 2014, 14 x 11 in., instant coffee on canvas
MARQUEE PROJECTS PRESS - RELEASE
14 Bellport Lane
Bellport, NY 11713
MARQUEE PROJECTS PRESENTS INAUGURAL EXHIBITION
OF WORKS BY JOHN PERREAULT
BELLPORT, MAY 31, 2017 -- “It’s Only Art,” a survey of painting and sculpture by John Perreault, opens Friday, June 23. It features works made from 1970 to 2015, some exhibited for the first time.
Many of Perreault’s abstract paintings revel in the use of untraditional media such as toothpaste, oil-polluted sand, and coffee -- which the Village Voice praised as “exquisite sepia revelations.” His sculpture employs found objects, ceramics, and rocks. Mended Stones, recently shown at New York’s Noguchi Museum, was singled out by critic Deborah Solomon as an “affecting installation” about repairing a broken world. A spirit of hopeful transformation pervades Perreault’s lifelong work.
Born in Manhattan, John Perreault (1937-2015) first showed his paintings at Greenwich Village’s One Eleven Gallery in the mid-1960s. Perreault simultaneously broke ground in the fields of Conceptual and Performance Art, appearing at the Whitney Museum and elsewhere. Also widely respected as a poet and art critic, Perreault has had work exhibited nationally and internationally.
According to the New York Times, Perreault was “a pivotal figure in organizing the first ‘Day Without Art’ in 1989 to draw attention to the impact of AIDS on the arts.”
“It’s Only Art” is curated by Mark Van Wagner and Beverly Allan and remains on view through July 16, 2017. Opening reception is Friday, June 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
It is the first major show at Bellport’s newest gallery.