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Bill Rice
Two Puerto Rican Brothers
ca. 1980
oil on canvas, 40 x 46 in.
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by Ilka Scobie

The multitalented Bill Rice lives on a downtown block shadowed by a monolithic menís shelter, on streets imbued with dark romance, a world far removed from Apple Pie America. Despite his birth in bucolic and often frozen Vermont, Rice immortalizes a Lower East Side beauty that smolders with evening heat. Actor, director, filmmaker, playwright and painter, the 74-year-old Rice is an eclectic creative force who has worked with downtown luminaries like Jim Jarmusch and Richard Kern, Cookie Mueller and Penny Arcade, Gary Indiana and Charles Henri Ford.