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William Rand: Four Decades

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Panel Discussion and Publication Party


With Rand and panelists Anthony Gaskin, Suzette McAvoy, Maynard Monrow, Sur Rodney (Sur), and Bill Stelling.

In William Rand’s paintings, for example, one must look to the shadows for information. In fact this oeuvre is a meditation on darkness: a painting in the shade.    —Rene Ricard, Les Leçons des Ténèbres, 1989. Hotel Chelsea

Howl! Happening is pleased to host a panel discussion in honor of William Rand Four Decades, the artist’s monograph chronicling his prolific career. Encompassing four decades of work, the book is made up of poetry by Rand as well as essays about him penned by his close friend, the late critic Rene Ricard, and Suzette McAvoy, director and curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

A marvelous raconteur, brilliant draftsman, and sharp-eyed, searing documentarian, Rand’s grand-scale black and white paintings chronicle his life and our times. Drawn from eclectic sources—art history, geopolitics, literature, sports, nature, pop culture, current events—his imagery seduces with its intoxicating mix of beauty and decadence, highbrow and lowbrow. 

We want to be at this party.     —Suzette McAvoy, Director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Contributors include: Dennis Adamo, Anthony Gaskin, Jeffrey Goldberg, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Silvia Silveira Laguna, Felix Leiro, Philip M. Isaacson, Suzette McAvoy, Taylor Mead, Maynard Monrow, Inés Lopéz-Quesada, William Baker Rand, Rene Ricard, Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., Bill Stelling, and Haynes Sprunt Tate.

William Baker Rand Four Decades 

Essay by Rene Ricard, Osprey Publishing, 2018 

128 pages, case bound, 6-color plates throughout, 11 x 11” 

This monograph covers four decades of the artist’s work in Maine, New York, East Berlin, and Spain. Large black-and-white paintings, and large figures—often sexualized—engage with historical vertigo.

About William Baker Rand

Inset image: The Guest Mooring, 2017 © 2018 William Rand/ARS NY

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December 12
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm