The New Social Environment#540

The Forrest Bess Variations: Richard Hawkins

Featuring Hawkins and Andrew Woolbright


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Richard Hawkins joins Rail contributor Andrew Woolbright for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Patrick Hill.

In this talk

Visit Richard Hawkins: The Forrest Bess Variations, on view at Greene Nafatli, New York through April 23, 2022 →

Richard Hawkins

A portrait of artist Richard Hawkins.
Photo by Annette Hornischer
Los Angeles-based artist Richard Hawkins’s multimedia practice often reads simultaneously as vividly personal and promiscuously referential. Working in collage, painting, and sculpture, several of Hawkins’ series emerge from a process of studying, internalizing, and regenerating the ideas of historical artists and thinkers, inflected by the specificity of Hawkins’ own visual lexicon and biography. Recent solo exhibitions include Greene Naftali, New York (2019, 2018, 2016); Tate, Liverpool (2014); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); and the Art Institute of Chicago, which traveled to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010). He has been awarded the Arts Matter Fellowship, the US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, the Otis College of Design Faculty Development Grant, among others.

Andrew Woolbright

Andrew Woolbright
Artist, curator, and critic Andrew Woolbright is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an MFA graduate from RISD in painting. Woolbright is the founder and director of the gallery Below Grand located on the Lower East Side in New York. In addition to curating, he is an Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail. In 2021, Woolbright curated the show Density Betrays Us with Angela Dufresne and Cash Ragona at the Hole; and curated shows at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Hesse Flatow in the summer or 2022. He currently teaches at School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute and is a 2021-2022 resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Patrick Hill reading.

Patrick Hill

Photo of Patrick Hill
Patrick Hill is a 23-year-old poet, multimedia artist, and Production Assistant at the Brooklyn Rail. A graduate of Pratt Institute’s BFA Writing Program, his work has spanned digital and physical mediums including narrative PowerPoints, web games, bootleg graphic t-shirts, and more. Known by some and feared by others for his rabid output and extreme do-it-yourself ethos, he lives and works in Brooklyn, New York with his partner unless something terrible has happened.

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