“At first we were part of a small Bohemian scene. In 1968 we suddenly were part of a movement that included larger groups of society. I felt I was part of it, I became committed, I read a great deal, stayed awake and wanted to see life.” –David Weiss, Nine Books 1973-1979 by Edition Patrick Frey
I always love walking through the different worlds of New York’s museums, and this time was inside the doors of Swiss Institute to see David Weiss: Works, 1968-1979. I was greeted by the exhibit when I saw THIS (one of his works Mickeykosmos):
The next thing you know, there is a whole series of 4×6″ pictures and sketches—some silly, some serious—done by Weiss, spectacular sight, indeed (oh yeah: they’re color-coded, in case you totally missed it):
My favorite part about this is that it is of Weiss’ earlier and unknown solo stuff; the pieces displayed at the Swiss Institute have never even been known to be in the actual works. But after much investigating into this decade-long series, Weiss’ works as a whole gave much insight to what he would go on to complete later on in his career.
Believe me, you don’t have to be an art historian or art genius to know these ultra secret, never before seen works rock. Stop by if you’re in the SoHo area off the ACE Canal St. and walk a couple blocks down to see what this guy was all about (lots of craziness!).
David Weiss works closes after February 22nd.
(all photos taken by Daniel Perez at the Swiss Institute)