Look! : Curtis Inspires a Show in Vermont

Look! : Curtis Inspires a Show in Vermont

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 16, 2007

Go Curtis! We just heard that Curtis' influence has traveled even further. We received an email from Liza Cowan of Pine Street Art Works in Burlington, VT, that she's not only mounted a Paint By Numbers Show in her gallery, but it was inspired by photographs of Curtis's remarkable work, showcased last year on AT...

From Liz Cowan:

"I run an art gallery in Burlington, Vermont called Pine Street Art Works. We show and sell 20th and 21st century painting, photography, furniture and artifacts from our beautifully renovated old bristle factory. The website is www.pinestreetartworks.com

I'm an avid reader of AT. I love it for the inspiring design ideas and because it keeps me in touch with my former home, New York City. I was reading the blog on October 13th, 2006 when I saw Curtis Robertson's entry to the Fall Colors Contest. He had taken two 1950's Paint By Number paintings and made them into a mural in his apartment. Something about the quality of the painting sparked my interest so I googled Paint By Number and ended up on eBay, where I spent countless hours over the next six months choosing and bidding on paintings.

At first I was going to buy just a few, but they are addictive. After buying 101 paintings out of the thousands available, a show was born. The paintings themselves are charming, and I am fascinated by their subversive allure - the tension created between the pleasure of viewing and the original - and ongoing - horrified responses by the gate keepers of high culture.

The exhibit opened at the beginning of August with 101 Paint By Number paintings, and some assorted PBN artifacts, like a 1958 Mad Magazine cover, and a lot of gorgeous original packaging and ephemera. So far the response has been enthusiastic. There is something about seeing a gallery full of Paint By Number paintings that charms and intrigues all but the most cynical.

The enterprise came full circle when Curtis made a trip to Burlington to see the show. The photograph, at the top of the page, shows him sitting under a version of the Paris cityscape he used for his mural."

The show is on right now until the end of the month and you can read all about it right here.

And here's a house tour of Curtis' home: Inside Out: Curtis' Attention to Detail Will Blow You Away

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