On Thursday 11 April at 7:30 pm, Marjorie Welish and Jacques Roubaud will give a poetry reading at galerie éof, 15 rue Saint Fiacre, Paris.
Marjorie Welish is an artist/critic whose practice encompasses both painting and poetry. She conceived the project that eventually became Oaths? Questions? (2009), an artists’ constructed book, she and James Siena doing both visual and verbal text http://www.granarybooks.com/product_view/1130/oaths?/ . Similarly, and prompted by a proposal drawn by Buzz Spector, she created a graphical artifact of visual and verbal components. She is the author of In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy (2012), Isle of the Signatories (2008), Word Group (2004), and The Annotated 'Here' and Selected Poems (2000), this last a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. All are published by Coffee House Press. Earlier books are published by Burning Deck, University of Georgia Press, among others. Welish has received poetry grants and fellowships from the Djerassi Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry, at Cambridge University in 2005. A conference on her writing and art at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 resulted in Of the Diagram: The work of Marjorie Welish http://slought.org/content/11008/ More information may be found at http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/welish/ and http://coffeehousepress.org/authors/marjorie-welish/ Her essays and reviews of poetry (on Joshua Clover, Norma Cole, Barbara Guest, Carla Harryman, Nathaniel Mackey, George Oppen, Michael Palmer, John Taggart, Barrett Watten, and others) have appeared in Bookforum, Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Partisan Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and Textual Practice.
Marjorie Welish has recent shows in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, the Denison University Museum, Granville, Ohio, and at the Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio. Of two-person shows is one she shared with Olivier Gourvil, Slought Projects, Philadelphia (“Paper Architecture/Architecture de Papier,”) September-October 2005; she has also been paired with Peter Downsbrough and with Helmut Federle. For further information, see http://marjoriewelish.com/Home.htmlShe has received many grants and fellowships for her art, including: Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Fifth Floor Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Trust for Mutual Understanding (supporting an exchange between the International Studio Program, New York and the Artists’ Museum, Łódź, Poland). In July, 2010, she was an artist-in-residence at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2006, she received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship in art, to teach at the University of Frankfurt, where she also worked to complete a limited-edition art book, in collaboration with James Siena, published by Granary Books in 2009; with a Fulbright, she taught and worked at the Edinburgh College of Art in the spring of 2010; the constructed book Oaths? Questions? appears in the exhibition and project entitled "Sous nos yeux" (Before our eyes) at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France in collaboration with Radio 22; Oaths? Questions? also appears in the exhibition and conference on innovative artists’ books at Cambridge University, organized by Jan Khalfa, to take place September 2013. Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Foundation) compiles papers given at a conference on April 5, 2002, at the University of Pennsylvania, devoted to her writing and art. Welish’s book of art criticism is Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960 (Cambridge University Press), and she has written on abstract expressionism, pop, minimal and conceptual arts for Art in America, Art Monthly, Bomb magazine, Partisan Review, Textual Practice, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. She contributed “Marked Site: Then...Now,” Peter Downsbrough, Palais des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles, June 2003; Zig-Zag: The art of Olivier Gourvil.” Le Quartier, France, June 2003; “Marked Site: Then...Now,” Peter Downsbrough Retrospective, Palais des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles, June 2003; she contributed “Montage, Encore: Une cible mouvante,” Le Montage Dans Les Arts Aux XX et XXI Siecles (sous la direction de Sylvie Coellier), Publications de L’Universie de Provence, 2008. “Big Julie Stepping Out,” Fernand Léger, Skira, 2009. Papers given at an international conference on Léger, Dijon 2004, compiled and translated. Other authors: Adami, Affron, Criqui, Lanchner and Lucie-Smith In 2012 she conceived a collaborative seminar with Olivier Gourvil, Dominique Absensour and Joseph Masheck, realized at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts http://www.delapeinture.org/publications/voyage-a-new-york/rencontre-avec-m-welish-j-masheck
Marjorie Welish has taught at Brown University, Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and currently teaches at Brooklyn College. She serves on the board of the International Studio and Curatorial Program.
A collaboration with James Siena:
Oaths? Questions? New York City, Granary Books, 2009.
In the Futurity Lounge/Asylum for Indeterminacy
Isle of the Signatories