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Leroy Person at Luise Ross
Works by North Carolina artist Leroy Person (1907-85) were standouts in the big touring museum show "Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century," which opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last year. This current exhibition, his New York solo debut, is nothing short of a revelation.
The small but handsome installation consists of a well-balanced selection of wood carvings and works on paper by this enigmatic Outsider. Person began to make art at home, transforming his place into an environmental work. He carved the window frames and doorways, for example, and colored them with crayons. At the insistence of his unappreciative family, he eventually had to dismantle the work, but he continued to make art.
On view here are some of the pieces of furniture he transformed and several odd, colorful sculptures. One, about four-feet tall, looks like a sundial placed on a desk. Also on view are his abstract works on paper, whose elegant patterns some experts have related to African textiles. Among the other memorable items are the actual tools he used, which he also transformed into unique sculptures.
Leroy Person, Jan. 13-Feb 19, 2000, at Luise Ross, 568 Broadway, #402, New York, N.Y. 10012.