“Before, During, & After” is comprised of the artist’s book, Oaths? Questions? (Granary Books, 2009), along with artworks from which the book derives–particularly Welish’s painting High Valley 19, 1983-84–together with a series of works on paper and several new diagrammatic paintings inspired by it. A copy of Oaths? Questions? composed in visual and verbal collaboration with James Siena, will be accompanied by a complete set of unbound page-spreads and a downloadable reading of the text. Reconfigured as a two-person show with Siena, this exhibition will travel to BravinLee Programs in New York this June. Marjorie Welish, an artist, poet and critic, received her M.F.A. degree from Vermont College, Norwich University. She has just completed a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship teaching at the University of Frankfurt, in Germany and Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. This past summer she was an artist-in-residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to work toward her exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, in 2011. Her writing on art has appeared in Art in America, Art Monthly, Bomb, Partisan Review, Salmagundi, and Textual Practice, as well as in the anthology The Studio Reader (University of Chicago Press). A collection of her art criticism is entitled, Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960 (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Foundation, 2003) consists of papers given at a conference on her writing and art at the University of Pennsylvania. Coffee House Press has published her most recent collections of poetry, including Word Group and Isle of the Signatories. She regularly teaches at Brooklyn College, Columbia University and Pratt Institute.


Listen to the book! This is author, Marjorie Welish, reading 

February 1, 2011