Matthew Weinstein, ‘Exquisite Corpse 116’, ca. 2011, Mana Contemporary


More than 180 internationally recognized visual artists, architects, designers and photographers participated in the Armitage Gone! Dance Exquisite Corpse Project, beginning in 2011. The artists created one hundred and thirty nine artworks to benefit Armitage Gone! Dance, an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company under the direction of renowned choreographer Karole Armitage. Using the 1920's surrealist parlor game "cadavre exquise," a drawing that combines words and/or images by multiple artists on one sheet of paper, the project celebrates the theme of chance encounters, surprise and radical juxtaposition. Each artist adds to the composition, in sequence, without seeing the contribution of the previous person. The chance juxtaposition of images and styles results in a work that is both unexpected and amusing. Each drawing is a combination of the work of three or four artists.

The Exquisite Corpse project is a way for a wide range of artists to express their support for Armitage’s work and also a way for her to acknowledge artists who have played such a large role in her career. The project also highlights the “performative” aspect of art-making by demonstrating that drawing, performance art, and dance all have in common spontaneity and an unpredictable nature. The evanescent quality of dance is mirrored in the surprising juxtapositions of the Exquisite Corpse.

About Matthew Weinstein

Matthew Weinstein makes 3-D musical animations that he calls “animated cabarets.” Starting with a script and song lyrics, Weinstein develops characters, conceptualizes the sets and animation, selects actors, and assembles a band for the soundtrack. With these elements are in place, he produces the animation. Weinstein then uses the digital environments he has created for the animations as the basis for traditional paintings and photographs. Weinstein’s interest lies in the increasingly blurred boundary between the real and the imaginary, art and entertainment.

American, b. 1964, New York, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York

About Louise Fishman

Abstract painter Louise Fishman is drawn to personal experience, stories, and political activism. Through the 1960s, she produced primarily Minimalist-inspired, grid-like paintings. In the early 1970s, in pursuit of a more definitively feminine practice, she gave up abstract painting, which was considered the hotbed of art world machismo, to explore sculptural processes like sewing and knitting, which were traditionally defined as “women’s work.” Returning to painting in 1973, she produced a series called “Angry Women,” which announced the expressive brushwork and muddy pigment that are hallmarks of her mature style. In 1988, a trip to Eastern Europe, where she visited two concentration camps, reinforced the dark, mysteriously emotive quality of Fishman’s vigorously worked paintings, including her 1989 series of eight paintings, “Remembrance and Renewal,” in which she mixed ashes and beeswax into her paints.

American, b. 1939, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

About Douglas Kolk