Duncan Hannah and Robert Becker in Conversation / Studies of the Female Form book signing

Duncan Hannah and Robert Becker in Conversation / Studies of the Female Form book signing

Saturday, Jul 03, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Terrace Lawn, The Manor House
515 Leedsville Road
Amenia, NY 12501

Please join us for a conversation between artist Duncan Hannah and author Robert Becker at Troutbeck, Amenia, NY. Hannah will also be signing copies of his latest book Studies of the Female Form published by Dashwood Books.

Duncan Hannah is a self-described “idiosyncratic” painter, having emerged improbably from New York’s punk scene as a figurative artist obsessed with painterly technique and single-mindedly focused on reviving the narrative tradition in painting. His work is informed by mid-20th century British representational artists and American titans Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer, as well as mavericks such as Balthus and Fairfield Porter. 

Studies of the Female Form includes drawings made in various mediums over the past decade. It forms part of a series of books published by Dashwood since 2012 featuring drawings, paintings and photographs produced in the format of a paperback novel.  

Based in West Cornwall, CT and New York City, Hannah has had over 100 solo shows since his debut in 1980. His work is in collections ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art to Mick Jagger In 2011 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Hannah’s journals of the 1970s, “Twentieth Century Boy”, were published by Knopf in 2018 and he recently completely editing his 1980s journals for publication.

Robert Becker is an author and critic based in Cornwall, CT and New York City.  In 1980 he joined the staff of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine at the Warhol Factory on Union Square where working with publisher, Fred Hughes, he was assigned interviews with major figures in the New York art world including David Salle, Eric Fischl, Gilbert and George, April Gornick, Robert Colescott and Laurie Anderson and wrote articles about John Singer Sargent, Lucien Freud and Purvis Young; and curatorial collaborations with artists such as Jenny Holzer, Donald Baechlor, Futura 2000 and Matt Mullican. 

In 1996 he finished the biography, Nancy Lancaster; Her Life, Her World, Her Art published in numerous printings by Alfred A. Knopf.

He is presently writing an extensive history of Hawaii and has recently written art reviews for Granta, New Criterion, Artforum  and Hyperallergic.  

To attend conversation and book signing at Troutbeck pls RSVP