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Painting is a supreme fiction : writings by Jesse Murry, 1980-1993

Jesse Murry (Author), Jarrett Earnest (Editor), Hilton Als
Painting Is a Supreme Fiction' presents the writings of artist and poet Jesse Murry (1948-1993), an extraordinary thinker who believed in the capacity of painting to hold the complexity of human meaning. This unprecedented collection brings together his published art criticism with previously unpublished philosophical writing and poetry from 1980 to his tragic death from AIDS-related illness at the age of forty-four. The result is a portrait of an original mind which sought to unite the histories of Romantic landscape painting with the realities of Black experience through ?a belief in the restorative and creative powers of the imagination.? In addition to Murry?s writings, this volume also includes reproductions of selected works; excerpts from a a pair of panel discussions on art criticism and expressionism that took place in 1980; as well as transcriptions of two of the artist?s notebooks, in which the spatialization of the words across the page approaches the condition of thought. 'Painting Is a Supreme Fiction' presents Jesse Murry in his own words, offering intimate access to this remarkable figure.0Jesse Murry: Rising, curated by Lisa Yuskavage and Jarrett Earnest, will open on September 17, 2021 at David Zwirner, New York. Murry's solo show is featured as part of More Life, a focused series of curated solo exhibitions presented on the fortieth anniversary of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis.0Exhibition
Print Book, English, 2021
Soberscove Press, Chicago, IL, 2021