My review of The Murder of Sonny Liston on Artsfuse
David Curcio's Yakuza Print: Hit
is featured in the Selected New Editions of Art in Print magazine vol. 6 no. 5, 2017.
Check out Curcio's art in Issue 3 (Winter 2017) 0f Milk Journal
Biannual Literary Magazine.
Read my review of the new book The Murder of Sonny Liston: Los Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights
on The Arts Fuse, here
My new review
for The Arts Fuse of Terry Winters: The Shape of Things
at the MFA, Boston
My review of the book "Drama in the Bahamas: Muhammad Ali's Last Fight" can be read here on Boxing Over Broadway
The upcoming drawing exhibition "Drawn Together" at The Dehn Gallery
in Manchester, NH at Manchester Community College includes 6 works by David Curcio. August 30th - October 22nd.
Opening July 8th: David Curcio: Yakuza Graveyard.
New woodcuts at Room 68
, Provincetown, MA
My new review for Bookslut of Elliotte Chaze's noir novel/reissue Black Wings Has My Angel can be read here
My recent review of Alek Popov's novel The Black Box
for Bookslut.com can be read here
My Review Thomas Hart Benton: A Regionalist in Hollywood
is up for viewing on Big Red & Shiny
I am pleased to announce my inclusion in what I believe to be the definitive volume on Japanese woodcut technique and history, April Vollmer's beautiful Japanese Woodcut Print Workshop: a Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga
published by Watson Guptill/Random House. Click here
to buy it on Amazon.
Congratulations to Big Red & Shiny for its Best Blog nomination by the International Association of Art Critics. My latest review, on Hokusai
, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, can be found here
Thank you to Cate McQuaid of The Boston Globe for her shout out
in her review of Happy Meeting
at Gateway Arts in Brookline, curated by Beth Kantrowitz.
Opening February 28th: Soft, samsøn projects, Boston, MA (group exhibition). Through March 28th.
Opening October 10th at The Hallway Gallery in Jamaica Plain: David Curcio: The Glittering World
Check out my interview
on the stitching site Mrxstitch.com
. I'm honored to have been featured.
From the blog of Stephanie Marcus:
"This visit was a well-needed bop to the head. David Curcio makes delicate and compulsive prints about pills, panic, and pain, with dissonant historical and pop-cultural references... a good reminder that with art comes uncertainty and it's alright to be afraid, as long as you keep plowing forward."
It all happens here
Featured on Hilitehead.com, Sept. 4, 2013
To see the entry, click here
"Much soul and sensitivity linger in between the intricate and sometimes grotesquely humorous touch of Curcios pencils and needle. his brutally unsympathetic portraits of situational anxiety withholds comfort. Perhaps, he understands that those squirrels scurrying in your walls and that bug floating in your coffee are easier to deal with than an angry adviser and an uncertain future."
David Curcio: Bad Dreams ...or not is now on view at the Schlosberg Gallery at Montserrat College of Art. Curated by Leonie Bradbury with an opening reception Thursday, June 20th.
Says Bradbury, "Curcios work is full of the realness of lifes challenges. ...He combines... media in order to achieve an unsettling impact through un-assured techniques."
From the Artscope review of Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds: "David Curcios post-lapsarian sampler ruminates on the text 'What Will Survive of Us is Nothing,' draw(s) us into its tight focus through intricate mark-making with pen-and-ink, embroidery and woodcut on a book-sized sheet of mulberry paper."
Interviewed in Slush Pile Magazine
. To read it, simply click here.
The 2013 Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds at Wheaton College (Feb. 27th - April 13th) will feature my piece What Will Become of Us is Nothing.
Opening reception February 27th, 6-8 PM
Featured on WBUR.org's top ten: Favorite Things: Art Made Around BostonI Wouldn't Worry About It
featured on WBUR.org's top ten exhibits of 2012
"The Watertown artist combines drawing and embroidery to make images that look like 19th century samplers about 21st century heartbreak, anger, depression and desire. They are raw and delicate and endearing, like scratched out diaries of a heart laid bare."
Suffering, saucy delight, and underwear clad bottoms:"I Wouldn't Worry About It" Reviewed in Boston Globe Jan. 2, 2013
I reproduce Cate McQuaid's review in full, as a link only works for Globe subscribers:
"Not all is melancholy.
"You might come out of David Curcios coy, brooding, and funny exhibit, I Wouldnt Worry About It at Laconia Gallery, worrying. Curcio draws, stitches, and prints over paper that he ages by running it through a printing press. The works recall folk art and 19th-century needlework samplers, with decorative edges and patterning. Amid all that sweetness, Curcio throws in images of knives and razor blades, crying people and animals, arrays of pills, a lot of underwear-clad bottoms, and meandering and openended text.
"Abraham Lincoln, the melancholy president, makes several appearances, as in What Will Survive of Us Is Nothing, a double portrait of what appears to be a weeping Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, surrounded by embroidered shackles in each corner. Above her head, the sentiment: When I was single dressed in silk so fine, now I am married go ragged all the time.
"In a piece that eroticizes the power of an effective pharmaceutical, Pro Re Nata (Hungry Like the Wolf), a woman wearing nothing but a lab coat, bordered by pills, has text above her that reads Mister, I am your connection. Theres lament in these rich drawings, but theres also saucy delight, and beneath it all, Curcio gropes to make sense of how a world of suffering can be both funny and ennobling."
Scratched out diaries of a heart laid bare, and women's butts: Press for "I Wouldn't Worry About It"
...As reviewed in the November 22nd issue of The Boston Phoenix
by our friend Mr. Greg Cook (complete with a full page reproduction).
...It was mentioned in Critics Picks in The Boston Globe on the 22nd as well.
...and finally, it was named an Editior's Pick
in Big Red and Shiny.
I Wouldn't Worry About It" Opening at Laconia Galery Friday, November 2
Opening Friday, November 2nd from 5:30 - 8:30: I Wouldn't Worry About It
, my (maybe disturbing?) solo exhibition at Laconia Gallery curated by James Hull. To read the revealing essay visit the Laconia Gallery website
A Shout Out on Self/Fabricated from the Mass Cultural Council
with Candice Smith-Corby and Leslie Schomp on Self/Fabricated at the Duxbury Art Complex Museum.
My Nerd Nite Lecture "Edvard Munch: His Life and Work in Context" gets covered
On Monday, August 27th I gave a (partial) lecture on Edvard Munch to what I hope was a rapt audience. Despite my best efforts, I went way (way) overtime and only covered about a third of my material. The lecture has been written up on the blog Four Letter Word
. Stay tuned to my own blog, ningyoprints, for the full lecture in a projected 5-part written format, coming very soon. (Part one should appear by September 19th.)
Greg Cook's New England Journal of Asthetic Research In Memorium to ningyo editions' Gallery
Printed in part (minus my quotes, which appear on my blog):
"Ningyo Editions is closing
Ningyo Editions, the Watertown gallery which David Curcio, a talented artist (and a friend of ours), opened with help from Edward Monovich in 2010, is closing at the end of its current show which runs through July 28.
What has made the gallery unique locally is that it has not only showed art, but that its exhibitions were the result of original printmaking collaborations between Curcio, as master printmaker, and the featured artists, including Jane D. Marsching, Deb Todd Wheeler, Matt Rich and Joe Wardwell. It was a thoughtful and ambitious project featuring some of the top artists in Boston, but, as Curcio reports, sales were dismal, which ran up debt as well as seriously cutting into the time he had to produce his own artwork. Still, Ningyo will be missed."
A hearty thanks to Greg for keeping up the integrity of Boston arts writing, and doing more than anyone else in the region to tirelessly journal as much as one man can on the local and regional scene.
"Miffed" and "Trendy"
"I'm a Stranger to Kindness: The Drawings of Norma Hoffmann" was reviewed in the Boston Globe, July 11, 2012. A conceptual show based on found work, Cate McQuade was "miffed" by my initial deception in presenting Hoffmann as a real artist and not the fictional creator of the work displayed (along with an invented biography interlaced with historical factual details about Concord history, German immigration in the 19th century, and Danvers State Hospital). At the end of the day, an ultimately favorable review, for which (as always) I am grateful.
By way of explanation...
Greg Cook explains the men's room shenanigans (and if you're Larry Craig, you will be disappointed) in the June 24th issue of the Boston Phoenix
Endless Coverage of Flush With the Walls
Read coverage of the MFA bathroom show, organized by Greg Cook, on his excellent blog
An essay for Jane Marsching
David Curcio writes an essay for the catalog for Jane D. Marching's Ice Out, printed at ningyo editions and showing at Galerie Lucy Mackintosh in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"David Curcio's Weird Etchings"
...two shout outs in Time Out Boston's "20 Art Shows to See This Spring", March, 2011
Edgy but ultimately sweet: Oh Dear! is reviewed in The Boston Globe, March 23, 2011. http://articles.boston.com/2011-03-23/ae/29352267_1_art-gallery-dutch-painting-american-folk-art
"...like a lovely dream..."
David Curcio makes the 2009 Boston Phoenix top 10 for his work in "Salt of the Earth" at Monserrat College. http://thephoenix.com/boston/arts/94731-2009-the-year-in-art/
David Curcio is included in Art New England' Feb-March 2010 article "Innovative Printmaking" by Andre van der Wende (page 20!)
"Curcio's work doesn't feel deep, but it's catchy."
Thanks, I think.
Read more at in Gregg Cook's Summer Roundup in The Boston Phoenix, July 9, 2009 http://thephoenix.com/boston/arts/86180-breakthroughs/?page=2#TOPCONTENT