Patrick Webb

b.1955

Patrick Webb has been painting for almost 40 years . He uses digital tools in recording, arranging, and considering his work however it is in the mind made world -- the proprioceptive experience of smearing, spreading, layering and scraping of paint that he finds himself. Since 1990, he has represented the experiences of a contemporary version of the Commedia dell'Arte figure Punchinello -- his is an American cousin to the famous Italian clown. His work is in many collections both public and private in the US and Europe . He has had over 20 solo shows and been included in numerous group shows. Webb received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts , the Ingram Merrill Foundation ,  the Art Matters Foundation and the PRATT Faculty Development Fund . He is a member of the Painting Center in NYC , and representd by Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown MA and Side Tracks Gallery in New Hope PA. He is Professor at PRATT Institute and has been a visiting  artist at many institutions. Webb's painting are included in Weinberg's  "Male Desire" published by Abrams and books by Gmunder Publishing and Scribner Books. His work has been reviewed in Art News, Provincetown Arts, New York Sun, City Arts, Provincetown Arts , The New Yorker, Art & Understanding and the Georgia Review among many publications. 

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One of the long standing questions regarding my paintings is my insistence on the inclusion in my work of the strange clownish figure of Punchinello.  Here I will try and explore some of what he means and why I choose to include him. My Punchinello is a cousin of that found in the Italian commedia dell’arte, yet with a difference. As Nancy Grimes writes in her essay for my first Punchinello show in 1993, “Webb’s Punchinello is slimmer, without hump, driven by his sexual appetite and desire to participate.” I first met Pulcinella in GD Tiepolo’s frescos in the Ca’ Rezzonico in Venice in 1989 and then later in his great series of drawings of Pulcinella. In these paintings and drawings Teipolo explores the life of his figure. In the process, all the familiar trappings of the ordinary are explored, culminating in his death and resurrection—shifting that life from the ordinary to the extraordinary. What I share with Tiepolo is the belief that we are the heroes of our lives.  I found a mask in a Venetian shop that year, 1989,  with a red nose like Tiepolo’s  Pulcinella but also the diamond pattern I associated with Harlequin. I was immediately attracted to both the Tiepolo Pulcinella and this carnivalesque mask. I later came to understand that this mask was not the contemporary Pulcinella who has a black bulbous nose and buffoon character, but rather my mask is similar to the mask of Il Capitano, a figure of power and even brutishness in the commedia dell’arte improvisational stories. I like this fusing of the outsiderness of the traditional Pulcinella character with the force of Il Capitano. Thus my Punchinello is a distant cousin to the Italian Pulcinella reformed for my own expressive needs. He offers me a surrogate—both I and not I, both other and Other—whose experiences double mine, both real and imagined. By giving me a malleable but repeatable figure these stories unconceal the movement into being. There is an uncanniness that emerges with his presence in these scenes that corresponds to my own sense of the strangeness of psychic life.  For me the question of meaning in painting remains a central and fascinating  exploration. My continued use of the Punchinello figure underscores  my conviction that the meaning of a painting is the intersection of the form of painting, with its balance between void/space, volume/form and shape/surface, and how such pictorial dynamics impact and represent subject matter. 

EDUCATION

 

1977-9            Yale University, New Haven, CT, M.F.A.

1977                Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

1973-6            Maryland Institute/College of Art, Baltimore, MD, B.F.A.

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

2004,8,11                 PRATT Institute Faculty Development Grant

2007                        MTA Arts for Transit Finalist

1998                        Thomas B. Clarke Award in Painting, National Academy Museum

1995                        Ingram Merrill Award in Painting

1992                        Art Matters Inc. Fellowship

1989                        Ingram Merrill Award in Painting

1984.6.8                  National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2014                        FIRE!  Rice Polack Gallery, Provincetown MA

2013                        LOVE’S PROGRESS: 1989-2013,  The Painting Center , NYC , NY

2012                       ON THE BEACH  AT  NIGHT. The Painting Center, NYC , NY

2012                        PAINTINGS, Rice Polack Gallery Provincetown MA

2011                        NIGHT & DAY,  Julie Heller Gallery  Provincetown MA

2010                        PUNCHINELLO AS OTHER, The Painting Center, NYC, NY 

2008                        25 YEARS OF WORK, Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA

2007                        PROVINCETOWN-NEW YORK, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown

2005                        CHEAT, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2003                        HOME, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2002                        PUNCHINELLO’S CITY, CJG Projects, NYC, NY

2001                        PUNCHINELLO YOUNG , Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA 

1999                         IN NEW YORK WITH PUNCHINELLO, Erector Square Gallery,

New Haven, CT

1999                        PUNCHINELLO UNDRESSED, Julie Heller Gallery, Ptown, MA 

1998                        PUNCHINELLO WORKS OUT (PWO). Cortland Jessup Gallery,NYC

1996                        PUNCHINELLO GOES WEST, Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown,MA

1995                        PUNCHINELLO IN AMERICA, 55 Mercer Gallery , NYC, NY

1993                        PUNCHINELLO PAINTINGS, Amos Eno Gallery, NYC, NY (catalog)

1990                        FORUM GALLERY, Minneapolis, MN

1988                        CAPRICORN GALLERIES, Bethesda, MD

1987&5                    ALPHA GALLERY, Boston, MA

1985&9                    KENDALL GALLERY, Wellfleet, MA

1981                        ALLEN PRIEBE GALLERY, Univ. of Wis., Oshkosh, WI

1980                        RIPON COLLEGE, Ripon, WI

 

TWO PERSON SHOWS

 

1997                      AN INTRODUCTION, Cortland Jessup Gallery, NYC, NY

1995                      FOOL'S DAY, WEBB & IVIE , Tatistcheff-Rogers Gallery, CA

1992&3                  PROVINCETOWN GROUP GALLERY, Provincetown, MA

1987&8                  EAST END GALLERIES, Provincetown, MA

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2015                        AIDS ART AMERICA curator J.Katz, Tacoma Museum, MOCA, Bronx MUS

2015                        I WANTED BODY AND VICE VERSA  curator Chris Steigler, Visual Aids web

2014                        PRATT FOUNDATION FACULTY EXHIBITS,  PRATT ,Bklyn (2009,7,3,1, 99)

2014                       SECRETLY, FREQUENTLY (COWBOY DRAG) curator Antjony Easton VA 

2013                       RECENT ACQUISITIONS, Leslie Lohman Museum  Gay and Lesbian Art, NYC

2013                        AMERICAN NOIR INTO A DARK PAST  curator Robert Atkins Visual AIDS Web Gal. 

2012                        NO WASTED WORDS NO ILLUSIONS  curator Ann  Northrop Visual AIDS Web Gal.

2011                        THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES  The Painting Center ,NYC, NY

2010                        SMALL WORKS INVITATIONAL, The Painting Center, NYC, NY

2010                        NEW WALLS /FRESH PAINT, The Painting Center, NYC, NY

2010                        LIC GRID,  Acumen , LIC , NY

2010                        I REMEMBER, Julie Heller East Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2009                        INTERIORS,  Julie Heller East  Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2009                        MUDHEAD,S Julie Heller East Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2009                        SEASCAPE, Julie Heller East Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2009                        TOP TO BOTTOM:A HUDSON RIVER ARTS MAP, Hopper House, Nyack NY

2009                        THE BINS EXHIBITION, Fine Arts Work Center , Provincetown MA

2008                        CARBONE. GRIMES & WEBB, The  Painting Center , NYC NY

2007                         ECLIPSE curator Laura Gilbert Visual AIDS online gallery

2007                        LIFEDRAWING, LGBT Center, New York City, NY

2006                        WEBBWORKS, Fine Arts work Center, Provincetown, MA

2005                        MALE DESIRE, Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC, NY

2005                        CROSSING DISCIPLINES, curator Donna Moran,  Schaffler Gallery

                                    PRATT Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2005                        THE BODY AND ITS DANGERS, curator by Patrick Webb, The Painting 

                                     Center, NYC NY

2004                         PYROLYSIS curator Virgil Wong Visual AIDS online gallery

2004                        ARTIVIST FILM  & ART FESTIVAL, Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, CA

2004                        NEO QUEER, CoCA, Seattle, WA

2003                         STIRRINGS  curator dirk Dehner and Sharpe Visual AIDS online gallery

2002                        TRANSFORMATIONS, Sakia City Museum Gallery, Osaka, Japan

2002                        PRATT RESPONDS TO 9/11, Schaffler Gallery PRATT Institute Bklyn NY

2001                        RITUAL , DAM , Detroit , MI

2001                        ALUMNI CHOICE, Works on Paper, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2001                        Self Interest:  Autobiography and Myth In Recent Figurative Art,  

                                      curator  Nancy Grimes, RC FINE ARTS, Maplewood NJ

1998                        THE 173rd ANNUAL EXHIBITION, National Academy Of Design, NYC, NY

1998                         EMBODIED FICTIONS, Saint Mary's College, Park Hall, MD ( catalog)

1998                        TROUBLING CUSTOMS, Ontario College of Art & Design Gallery

                                    Katherine Lane Weeds Center, The Sch.of the MFA , Boston

1997                        PROVINCETOWN IN HUDSON, Carrie Haddad Gallery, HUDSON NY

1995                        THE NEW AMERICAN FAMILY,  SUNY , Stoneybrook Gal, Stoneybrook, LI

1995                        THE COMMON MYTH: icon and symbol in art today, curator Ludwig 

                                       Datone´, Park Avenue Atrium, NYC, NY

1995                        SPIRITS AND HEROES, Peter Madero Gallery, NYC, NY

1994                        A SENSIBILITY AND THE SENSES, Lowe at the Hudson Guild, NYC, NY

1994                        TONGUE 'N CHEEK, 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC, NY

1993                        MEMENTO MORI: remembering in t the age of AIDS, Open Space Gallery

                                            Allentown, PA

1993                        NEW OLD MASTER,, curator Paula Escobar, Marymount Col., NYC, NY

1993                        ASPECTS OF FIGURATION: SELECTIONS FROM THE NEW YORK

                                            ACADEMY, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1991                        FIGURING IT OUT, curator Nancy Grimes, Daniel Quinn Gal, LIC,. NY

1991                        TOMPKINS, WEBB, ZAZARRO, RINALDI, VIOLA , Claude Gallery,

                                             East Chester, NY

1990                        SELECTIONS curator Connie Butler, 55 Mercer St., NYC, NY

1990                        POSITIVE ACTIONS: VISUAL AIDS, Clocktower Gallery, Longwood

                                       Gallery, D.C. 37 Gallery, New York, NY

1989-90                     ART AND THE LAW; West Co., Bally's Casino, Reno NV; AK Univ

                                      Jonesboro AK; Robert I. Kahn Gallery, Houston , TX ;

                                      MN Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN (catalog)

1988-9                   ART AND THE LAW, West Co. ; Metro Toronto  convention Center,

                                    Toronto CAN; Virginia Commonwealth U., Richmond

                                    VA; Temple U, Phil. PA; Rose Art Mus , Waltham ,MA(cat) 

1989                        "...the Subject is AIDS", Nexus Art Center, Atlanta, GA(cat)

1987                        "CURATOR'S CHOICE", curator Bill Arning, BWAC, Bklyn, NY

1987                        MAINSTREAM AMERICA; THE COLLECTION OF PHIL DESIND;

                                      Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH(catalog)

1984                          "MODERN MASTERS OF CLASSICAL REALISM", Priebe Gal, UW-O, WI

1983                        SUMMER SHOW, Odyssia Galleries, New York, NY

1983                        NEW TALENT, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

1982                        EVERSON BIENNALE, curator Nancy Hoffman, Everson Mus, Syr , NY

 

COMMISSIONS

 

2007                        PUNCHINELLO JUGGLES FOR LOLLY POP, Milwaukee, WI

1995                        ART MATTERS, 2 Lithographs, NYC, NY

1995                         Barry Skovgaard,  Landscape, Watermill, NY

1993                        William Jennings Doyle,  portrait, Boston, MA

1992                        Phillip Gambone,  portrait, Boston, MA

1988                        SHARF MARKETING GROUP, installation, Boston

1987                        SHARF MARKETING GROUP, installation, New York

1986                        GLICKENHAUSE  & CO., mural installation, New York

1980                        Donna Kennedy, portrait, Las Vegas, NV

 

SELECTED PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

 

FRED ALGER & CO., New York, NY

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, Boston, MA

CHEMICAL BANK, New York, NY

GLICKENHAUS & CO., New York, NY

HORTON & CALAMIFDE, New York, NY

INTERNEURON INC., Boston, MA

JANE VOORHEES ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM, RUGERS UNIVERSITY,  New Brunswick

OTIS ELEVATOR, New York, NY

PIER-FINE ASSOCIATES, New York, NY

PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION & MUSEUM, Provincetown, MA

ROSE ART MUSEUM , Brandeis University, Waltham MA

QUEENSBORO COLLEGE MUSEUM, CUNY, Queens, NY

MICHELLE ROSENFELD, INC., FINE ARTS, Ramsey, NJ

SHARF MARKETING GROUP, New York & Boston

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH, Oshkosh, WI

 

PARTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

“Cape Cod Artists: People and Places” D Forman, Scribner Books, June  2014

“Protest, Memorial: AIDS in the Art World  “ Barbara Pollack, Art News May  2014

“Patrick Webb ; The Heroic Journey of Punchinello.” Philip Gambone. ,Provincetown Arts Magazine ,

2012/14

New York One  interview “Sword of Damocles “ 11/29/11

“ Punchinello Hits the Gym”, David Cohen, NY Sun, 9/24/10

“Patrick Webb: Punchinello as Other and Caren Canier “ John Goodrich, City Arts, 9/14/10

“ Stripped” & “Completely Stripped”, Bruno Gmunder  Publication, 7/ 09

“David Carbone, Nancy Grimes & Patrick Webb” Alex Taylor, Art News , 1/09

“Treasures of Gay Art from the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation” edited Peter Weierman,

All Saints Press, 2008

“Webb Finds Truth in Anonymity of an Everyman” Sue Harrison, Provincetown Banner 3/15/08

Kunitz, Stanley  “ Patrick Webb:: 25 Years of Work” , catalog notes , PAAM, 2008

" Nancy Webb  by Patrick Webb", catalog essay Provincetown Art Assoc. & Museum3/06

            reprinted in 2006 summer issue of  Provincetown Arts

" The Body and Its Dangers" , Robert Ayers, Art News, summer 2005

" Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art" Jonathan Weinberg, Abrams 2005

“Webb Takes an Outsider’s Look”. Deborah Minsky, Provincetown Banner, 7/17/03

Cover, reproductions and introduction, The Georgia Review, summer 2002

"Punchinello Works Out", Jonathan Weinberg, catalog essay 5/98

Listings, New Yorker Magazine , April 6, 1998

"Provincetown On Hudson",  Ned Depew, Provincetown Arts, 1997-8

"A Punchinello Page" (illustration)  ; College Art Association) Journal , winter 1996-7

"Patrick Webb's Adventures With Punchinello" , Stephen Greco, POZ  Dec 96/January 97

"Portrait of an Artist", Lynn Stanley,  Provincetown Magazine, 8/22/96

"Punchinello Goes West", Mark Doty, catalog essay 8/96

"A Life Reinvented: The Paintings of Patrick Webb", Laurie Fitzpatrick,  A & U1/96

"Punchinello In America", Laurie Fitzpatrick,  Art & Understanding, 10/95

"Eros and Angst", Phillip Gambone,  Bay Windows 7/29/93

"Punchinello Paintings, by Patrick Webb", Nancy Grimes, catalog essay,12/92

"Stonewalling", Thomas J.  Jackson,  New York Native, 2/93,6/95

"Finding Those Who Fall Before", Gambone ,   Bay Windows, 8/20/92

"Real Implications", Mary Verrill,  New North Artscape, 2/90

"Coat of Many Colors", Mary Abbe,  Star Tribune, Minneapolis., MN, 1/25/90

"...the subject is AIDS",  Art South 5/89

"Alone and Embattled", Walter Wadas, Bay Windows, Boston , MA 12/86

"Painterly Realists",  St. Louis Courier, St. Louis, MO,86

"Rhythms of New York and Promising Young Talent", C. Temin,   Boston Globe, 6/23/83


PERFORMANCE

SETS & LIBRETTO, STRAVINSKY'S PULCINELLA, Kloppenberg Dance, EVENTS at                                                 Dancespace,  St. Mark's Church, NYC, NY 3/00

SETS for  Kloppenberg Dance,  STREETS OF GOLD,  Kloppenberg Dance music by Britten,                                     Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC, NY, 4/98

SETS for Kloppenberg Dance, JOURNEY, Kloppenberg Dance, music by Wes York,                                                  EVENTS Danspace  ,  St. Mark's Church, NYC, NY, 5/97

PERFORMANCE,  NOT QUITE A SONATA,  solo for Patrick Webb, Kloppenberg Dance,                                     EVENTS Danspace , St. Mark's Church, NYC, NY, 5/97

SETS for Kloppenberg Dance, RATMAN, performed by Brian Kloppenberg, music byEleanor Hovda, commissioned by the Jerome Foundation,  Freud Festival 1997, Washington Square Church &  EVENTS Danspace , St. Mark's Church, NYC, NY 5/97

SETS for Kloppenberg Dance, FAULT, performed by Brian Kloppenberg, Kloppenberg Dance,

Mulberry Street theatre   

SETS & INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE, LIFE DRAWING,

Choreography Brian      Kloppenberg, Dancers: Brian Kloppenberg & Patrick Webb, Music: Puccini,              Swarthmore College Faculty Concert 1995; Kloppenberg Dance, Mulberry Street Theatre 5/96 NYC, NY  & PTAPS Theater, Columbus, Ohio 6/96

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2010- present       PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NY, Tenured  Professor

2009-10                PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NY, Professor

2004-2009             PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NY, Associate Professor

2007                     UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE , Durham , NH  Visiting Artist

2000-2004            PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NY, Adjunct Associate Professor

1995-2000            PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NY, Visiting Assistant Professor

1998 &2003           MARYLAND INSTITUTE/ COLLEGE OF ART. Balt., MD, Visiting Artist 

1998&2003            JOHNS HOPKINS, Baltimore,  MD, Visiting Lecturer

1996                      SWARTHMORE COLLEGE, Swarthmore, PA, Visiting Artist

1995&85               YALE UNIVERSITY, New Haven, CT, Visiting Artist

1995&90               ST. MARY'S COLLEGE, St. Mary's, MD, Visiting Artist

1994&2                 CRANBROOK, Detroit, MI, Visiting Artist

1992-4                   NY ACADEMY OF ART, NYC, NY, Instructor

1993                      FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Miami, Visiting Artist

1993                       RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, Visiting Artist

1989                       MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Visiting Artist

1988                       BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, Waltham, MA, Visiting Artist

1981-3                   CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, NY, Assistant Professor

1979-81                  UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH, Oshkosh, WI, Lecturer

 

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