Mark Morrisroe (1959–1989), “Untitled (Tina Turner),” c. 1981, Gum bichromate print, 24 15/16 × 20 7/8 inches, The Estate of Mark Morrisroe (Ringier Collection) at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. ©The Estate of Mark Morrisroe (Ringier Collection) at Fotomuseum Winterthur.
Mark Morrisroe’s work is featured in the exhibition, “Blues for Smoke,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, February 7 – April 28, 2013. The show opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and was developed over several years by the MOCA Curator, Bennett Simpson, in close consultation with artist, Glenn Ligon. This major interdisciplinary exhibition explores a wide range of contemporary art, music, literature, and film through the lens of the blues and “blues aesthetics.” Turning to the blues not simply as a musical category, but as a web of artistic sensibilities and cultural idioms, the exhibition features works by more than 50 artists from the 1950s to the present, as well as a range of musical, filmic, and cultural materials.
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