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Barnaby Ruhe


"Ms. Boa" March 2014


Rubens would have placed his 3 graces in my painterly abstract field had he lived now. In collaboration. Abstraction in dialogue with art history indicates how 'literate' the paint markings are anyway. Aborigines knew that abstract and figure are a mobius strip.

Whitney Counterweight 1977 was a blind (no names) jury by slides which produced 53% women (the Whitney Biennial of that year had 15 out of 100? curious to recall, Guerilla Girls would know) and we felt compelled to spotlight Nancy Spero Leon Golub and David Hammons. This may have jacked up their critical/gallery/museum careers but they were underground legends already. The point. The Counterweight was the lark of Vernita Nemec, Bill Rabinovich, and Barnaby Ruhe, and it may have tindered the Times Square Show and the East Village Phenom since artists got the point no need to wait out the galleries.
Whitney Counterweight 2014
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