Scott Covert: I Had a Wonderful Life
On view November 20, 2022 through April 23, 2023
While some of these grave rubbings are singular, Covert’s art is distinguished by his work in which a collage of names come together to form a legendary dinner party of the dead. With a different wash of color dedicated to each luminary, the artist’s cadre builds into a seance of dazzling proportions, through an associative path of logic that is singular to the artist. Across a single canvas, the viewer may trace Covert’s journeys to the graves of Nikita Kruschev, Serge Gainsbourg, Gram Parsons, Eva Peron, Louis B. Mayer and Mies van der Rohe. Each name represents a moment in time, in which the artist has journeyed from Russia to Argentina, Montparnasse to Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Kansas City to Biloxi and back again, through interminable crossings and stretches of time: sometimes weeks, sometimes years.
The title of this exhibition is taken from the headstone of the quintessential aristocrat, Brooke Astor. These final words are not mournful, but joyous. Their uplifting sentiment resonates with Covert’s attitude towards his art. Each work is a celebration, a signifier of life, memory and profound experience.
This exhibition is curated by the Museum’s Bryant-Taylor Curator, Ariella Wolens