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The Infatuationist: Duncan Hannah (1952–2022), a celebration of his art and life

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.

Duncan Hannah, “Flaming Youth,” 2014, oil on canvas, 12 × 8 9/10 inches

The painter Duncan Hannah died suddenly this summer in his Connecticut home. This panel precedes the memorial for Mr. Hannah, scheduled for November, and is offered not as a eulogy so much as a critical celebration of his art and of a life that cut across boundaries of art, music, cinema, and literature. Moderator David Cohen is joined by David Carbone, Adrian Dannatt (via Zoom), Annabel Lee, Jonathan Rabinowitz, and Walter Robinson. A small selection of Hannah’s works will be concurrently on view in the NYSS Student Gallery from October 15-19, 2022.

David Carbone is a painter, critic and curator living in New York City and Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany (SUNY). He has had one-person shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York; and Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, among others. He is a recipient of The Englhard Foundation Award and The Ingram-Merrill Award. His writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including artcritical.

David Cohen is an art critic and curator based in Jersey City. He is editor and publisher of artcritical, the online magazine of art and ideas, and founder-moderator of The Review Panel, the critics’ forum hitherto hosted by the National Academy Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Brooklyn Public Library. Formerly Gallery Director at the New York Studio School where he teaches and art critic of the New York Sun, Cohen is the author of books and catalogues on Henry Moore, Serban Savu, Alex Katz and Lucian Freud.

British-born writer, curator, and actor Adrian Dannatt maintains homes in Paris and New York. The author of Wim Delvoye (Yale), Les Lalanne (Rizzoli) and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (Phaidon) he recently curated Impasse Ronsin at the Museum Tinguely, Basel. He is particularly well known as an obituarist and his book Doomed and Famous: Selected Obituaries was published by Sequence Press, 2020. His exhibition of the same name is currently at Galerie Pixi in Paris.

Annabel Lee—writer, translator and the publisher of Vehicle Editions—splits her time between Jersey City, NJ and Columbia County, NY. Recently, Lee’s press, Vehicle Editions, has reissued Train Ride by Ted Berrigan with cover by Joe Brainard, and new publications by Tony Towle, Janet Hamill, and collaborations by Bernadette Mayer and Philip Good, and by Cindy Lubar and Cirak Tesfazgi. Kyle Schlesinger included an interview with Lee in A Poetics of the Press (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2021) exploring Lee’s combined role as poet, printer, and publisher.

Jonathan Rabinowitz is the founder of Turtle Point Press, a small literary publishing house whose books have been awarded or short-listed for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Award, The Booker Prize, French American Translation Award, Lambda Literary Award, New England Book Award and Best First Novel of the Year Award.

Walter Robinson is a painter and art critic based in New York. He was the founder of artnet Magazine, serving as editor-in-chief from 1996 to 2012. A mid-career survey of his work was organized in 2016 by the University Galleries at Illinois State University, Normal, later traveling to Jeffrey Deitch in New York.

Duncan Hannah, “The British Invasion,” 2016

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