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Hudson, New York
Local culture
13 March 2018 04:58PM
Jeff Bailey

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A READING AND BOOK SIGNING OF DUNCAN HANNAH’S “20TH CENTURY BOY: Notebooks of the Seventies” (Alfred A. Knopf)
Saturday, March 17 at 3PM

“Hannah hurls himself into life with abandon, reveling in music, drugs, alcohol, sex, and insane escapades…no matter how inebriated he gets and how wild his adventures are at a time when recklessness was deemed holy, Hannah, subsequently renowned for his figurative paintings, kept journals throughout his rampaging twenties, recording his experiences with bemused candor, rock-‘n’-roll lyricism, and a painter’s visual acuity. He vividly captures the extravagant, often ferocious expressiveness of the music, art, styles, and attitudes of 1970s New York as his androgynous allure (which masked unwavering heterosexuality, to the disappointment of many) and endless curiosity and daring granted him access to now-legendary musicians and artists. Hannah’s jubilantly explicit and omnivorous notebooks will be avidly appreciated by admirers of Patti Smith’s Just Kids (2010).”
—Booklist

“Duncan Hannah’s Twentieth Century Boy is an unfiltered portrait of the artist as a young horndog, blessed or cursed with Bowie-like androgyny, and half the time ‘hopped up on Pernod and amphetamines.’ Amazingly—in these diaries from an extended adolescence—the prose is hopped up, too, and as disorienting as the intense downtown streets of New York City in the 70s they so accurately sketch. That these pages were written by a raw boy painter and not an eminence grise master of the art of memoir is key to their magic and mystery. A Pillow Book from a decade when no one ever slept.”
— Brad Gooch, author of Smash Cut and Flannery

Duncan Hannah was born in Minneapolis in 1952. He attended Bard College from 1971 to 1973 and Parsons School of Design from 1973 to 1975. In the seventies, he became associated with New York’s avant-garde and glam and punk rock scenes, acted in a number of underground movies, and showed several of his figurative portraits in 1980′s infamous Times Square Show. His first exhibition with the gallery was in 2015.His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum and the Minneapolis Art Institute. He lives in New York with the designer Megan Wilson.

Currently on view, through March 18:

Colin Brant: People of the Forest / Ruby Palmer

For further information, please contact the gallery at info@baileygallery.com or 518.828.6680.

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