Annotated Muses

Annotated Muses debuted at the Postmasters Gallery in NYC in the fall of 2016. The show consisted of 11 paintings: portraits of ten women and one man.

Crabapple created elaborate portraits of her “muses”: friends, peers and heroes that are activists, journalists, artists, porn stars, musicians, philosophers, witches et al.

The process of making the paintings was three-step. First, she collected her own travel ephemera, and the papers that meant the most to her friends — their code and manuscripts, military IDs and tarot cards, love letters and eviction notices. Then, she draws her subject on each paper. She drew her friend hundreds of times, their mouths, bodies, eyes, hands. She drew them just out of bed, and as they appear onstage. Their public personas. Their private faces. Then, she made these portraits into a background for a large scale painting. The third step involves giving control over to her subjects, literally. She hands them the paintbrush, allowing them to annotate, adorn or deface their portraits, in whatever manner they see fit. In “Annotated Muses,” the muse is no longer silent. The muse talks back.

Last in the group, a six foot tall, eight foot wide portrait of Stoya was annotated live during the opening of the show.


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    About Molly:
    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. She is the author of two books, Drawing Blood and Brothers of the Gun, (with Marwan Hisham). Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, and more. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the United States Library of Congress and the New York Historical Society.


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