Jack Pierson March 8 – 11, 2018

Cheim & Read will present works in various media from the early nineties by Jack Pierson at the 2018 Independent Art Fair. 

Centered on the iconic 1990 sculpture, Diamond Life, the presentation will focus on Pierson’s study of his personal, quotidian routine, and a poetic suggestion “that someone was just there.” Diamond Life is a domestic tableau made up of everyday items, including a linoleum floor and yellow wall paint the artist observed in his daily life. “Little lyrical rooms to die in,” the poet Eileen Myles called them.


In the wake of the AIDS crisis, queer artists turned to their own lived experience, especially during the Romantic Conceptualist movement in New York during which Pierson worked alongside his contemporaries and friends Felix Gonzales-Torres, Robert Gober, and Mark Morrisroe.

In a painful drawing from 1991, Pierson addresses the viewer as a lost lover: “Do you ever, even for a second, wake up and think it’s me next to you?” It is this romantic and confessional approach that takes banal everyday activities — smoking a cigarette, looking out the window — and elevates them to issues of life or death.

Don Bachardy
Portraits From a Canyon: Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s selected by Jack Pierson
January 17 – February 23, 2013
Abstractions by Gallery Artists
September 24 – October 3, 2009
I Am As You Will Be
The Skeleton in Art
September 20 – November 3, 2007
Jack Pierson
Melancholia Passing into Madness
March 30 – May 6, 2006
Alessandro Raho
New Paintings
September 10 – October 11, 2003
Liquid Properties
Artists include: Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Richmond Burton, Adam Fuss, Mary Heilmann, David Hines, Gary Hume, Dona Nelson, Jack Pierson, Pat Steir, Juan Usle
July 6 – August 3, 2001

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