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Martha Wilson

Title & Date: Growing Old (Chrysanthemum) (2012)
Material: Pigmented ink print on hahnemuhle bamboo paper
Dimensions: 16" x 16" x 2"
Edition: 8 of 25
Represented by: P.P.O.W. Gallery

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"Growing Old (Chrysanthemum)" by Martha Wilson

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“In her Growing Old series of photographs with the beautiful “Growing Old (Chrysanthemum)” in the center, Wilson documents her greying hair over a period of time as she lets the color grow out of her hair. Having seen Wilson in person a few times at lectures and various gallery openings, her punky half-white, half-reddish orange hair is unquestionably her trademark. Looking at the progression of her dyed hair growing out, its almost as if she is barely recognizable with the grey hair.”

(from Emily Colucci, Is It Punk to Grown Old Ungracefully?, Hyperallergic)

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Description: “In her Growing Old series of photographs with the beautiful “Growing Old (Chrysanthemum)” in the center, Wilson documents her greying hair over a period of time as she lets the color grow out of her hair. Having seen Wilson in person a few times at lectures and various gallery openings, her punky half-white, half-reddish orange hair is unquestionably her trademark. Looking at the progression of her dyed hair growing out, its almost as if she is barely recognizable with the grey hair.”

(from Emily Colucci, Is It Punk to Grown Old Ungracefully?, Hyperallergic)

Artist Biography:
 Performance artist Martha Wilson is Founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., a museum she established in 1976 in her TriBeCa storefront loft which presents and preserves temporal art: artists’ books and other multiples produced internationally after 1960; temporary installations; and performance art. Trained in English Literature, Wilson teaches at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work is inspired by artworks created at the intersection of text and image and she lectures widely on the book as an art form, on performance art, and on “variable media art.” In New York, she founded DISBAND, the all-girl punk band of artists who couldn’t play any instruments. She has performed in the guises of Alexander Haig, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Tipper Gore. In the spring of 2008, she had her first solo exhibition in New York at Mitchell Algus Gallery, “Martha Wilson: Photo/Text Works, 1971-1974.” In 2009, “Martha Wilson: Staging the Self,” an exhibition of Wilson’s early photo/text work and one project from each of Franklin Furnace’s first 30 years, began international travel under the auspices of ICI (Independent Curators International); and in 2011, ICI published the Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces. Martha Wilson joined P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, and mounted a solo exhibition, “I have become my own worst fear,” in September, 2011. She is Flux Factory’s 2012 Not-So-Silent Auction Guest of Honor, along with founder of A Blade of Grass, Shelley Rubin.