Diane Samuels: It’s a Long Story
November 10, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Moby-Dick, or The Whale, Herman Melville, 2015
Paper and ink
47 x 8 feet
Courtesy of the Artist and Pavel Zoubok Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY
Talking Art: The Art of the Book —
November 18th, 2018
Opening Reception — November 18, 2018
Members Preview 1-2PM
Public Reception 2-4PM
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Diane Samuels is a visual artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. In her studio and public art practices, Samuels uses other peoples’ words and her own handwriting as her literal and figurative raw material.
For It’s a Long Story, Samuels creates monumental works by writing out the texts of entire novels in micro-script. The centerpiece is a hand-transcription of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, written on remnants of archival paper and recycled prints that Samuels has painted over, drawn on and collaged with images pertaining to the text. Each page of the book is represented by a horizontal row of the drawing, starting with “Call me Ishmael” at the top of the work, which measures 47 feet long by 8 feet wide.
Diane Samuels is a visual artist based in Pittsburgh, PA, with studio and public art practices. Samuels’ work has been exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory Museum, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Center for Book Arts, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, the Municipal Museum of Art in Gyor, Hungary, and the Czech Museum of Fine Arts, among others. Samuels holds both a BFA and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, a diploma from the Institute in Arts Administration at Harvard University and has received honorary doctorates from Seton Hill University and Chatham University. She is also co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers in exile. Samuels is represented by Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, New York, NY.
It’s a Long Story is supported in part by a grant from Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Donor Circle for the Arts and members of the ICA Director’s Circle.