I’m honored to have co-curated an the exhibition Kunstlerleben : From Budapest to the Valley : Stephen Gyermek Retrospective in the summer of 2011 with Miguel Guerrero (Artist & Mentor Extraordinaire) featuring the amazing Stephen Gyermek. Mr. Gyermek was truly a cultural treasure… art historian, master woodblock printmaker, stained glass designer, painter, curator… it’s incredibly humbling to have been a part of this project.
The exhibit featuring 220 artworks, objects, and documents from his personal collection and family archive, displayed together and designed as an unorthodox and approachable retrospective, across two continents and 4 countries – in scope from age 10 to the present. A challenge to offer the uncommon and remarkable in a fitting way… the galleries were stunningly motivating and emotional. An enthralling and humbling effort to honor this master artist and friend.
On Saturday, July 9th we presented Gallery Talk. Stephen, Miguel and I extended our sincere appreciation to the nearly 40 patrons who came to the event. Stephen surprised us all, speaking for nearly 45 minutes! He gave the audience an insightful and humorous survey of life events that impacted his development as an artist and art historian. Miguel and I spoke about the exhibition concept and design. In addition it was announced a catalog with a projected release date of mid-September would be produced. Special thanks to all Stephen’s colleagues and past-students who made the effort to be there and share stories and appreciation with the group. Your contributions have made this exhibition all the more special.