Boston-based artist Andrew Witkin works with furniture, text, and various common objects to underscore the poetic in everyday life. Witkin collects, arranges and organizes things—skills pulled directly from his day job as a gallery director and curator—to further blur the boundaries between art and life, all the while underscoring the arbitrariness of any attempt to categorize the world.
For PLATFORM 11, Witkin will create an installation in response to deCordova’s fourth-floor Foster Galleries—a small cluster of spaces that were once part of the summer home of the Museum’s namesake and founder Julian de Cordova.
PLATFORM is a series of solo exhibitions by early- and mid-career artists from both the New England and national arts communities. These shows focus on work that engages with deCordova’s unique spaces, both indoors and outdoors, and social, geographical, and physical location. The PLATFORM series is intended as a support for creativity and expression of new ideas, and as a catalyst for dialogue about contemporary art.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust. The 2012–2013 PLATFORM series is generously funded by James and Audrey Foster.
Andrew Witkin (born October 12, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts) has an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to being an active artist, he serves as Gallery Director at the Barbara Krakow Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston, and splits his time between Boston, Massachusetts and Sanbornton, New Hampshire.
His work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions in New England, but also as far afield as Beirut, Damascus and Japan, presented in galleries, museums as well as less traditional exhibition spaces.
Witkin’s works include exhibitions, performance pieces, audio works, and books—oftentimes comprised of an installation of carefully arranged personal effects and impersonal furniture. According to the Boston Globe in a review of his work, his “arrangement reflects aspects of the artist’s own life, which is both fervently social (through his work at the Barbara Krakow Gallery on Newbury Street and his wide circle of friends) and highly controlled. The overall effect is strangely haunting, at once crowded with memory and desire and devastatingly empty.”
Witkin’s work is in the collection of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. His awards include Best Artist in 2010 from the Improper Bostonian in Boston; the James & Audrey Foster Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2008; the Critics’ Pick: Standout Performance in a Group Show, Boston Art Awards in 2008; and Critics’ Pick: Installation, Boston Art Awards in 2008.
A series of engagements with dynamic individuals working in diverse fields, all relating, tangentially and referentially to the materials and processes of Andrew Witkin's project. The format will be a low key conversation moderated by Witkin and featuring a different guest each time.
Sunday February 10: Andrew Witkin with Amanda Katz, Deputy Editor, Boston Globe Ideas section on “Why we love the idea of ideas”.
Sunday, March 17: Andrew Witkin with Guest, Adam Larson on “choice, interaction and control of design for/with individuals and organizations as varied as Nike, Beyoncé, Madonna, and MIT.
Sunday, April 14: Andrew Witkin with Athena Kirk, Mellon Fellow in Classics at Washington and Lee University on “collection and desire in classical antiquity and the present".
Time: 1 pm
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