William Anthony, Satire

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William Anthony

Carolee schneemann, Aquatic performance artist, visits ingres’ harem 2006 Pencil and pastel 22x30’’

Recent work


CREDits Drawing and paintings William Anthony Graphic design Thomas Wichmann & Kristian Jakobsen Print Trekroner Grafisk A/S Repro Thomas Wichmann Photograph page 6 Jack Feibush ISBN 87-90538-32-3 All rights reserved

SATI RE An exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by William Anthony

Oct 16 – Nov 19, 2010 Stalke Galleri - Kirke Sonnerup - Denmark

Artist’s statement At a reading of his work, the renowned poet Dylan Thomas was totally drunk. As an attractive woman was introducing him to the audience Thomas got down on the floor and stuck tis head up the lady’s dress. Since he was such a great man she only said ”Please Mr. Thomas, do read” I became and artist because I figured maybe I could get famous and get away with crap like this, but it never seemed to work out.

An incident in the life of Dylan Thomas as related by John Gruen in his book ”The party’s over now” 2002 Oil on wood 183/8 x 16’’


i... I’m sorry 2008 Oil on wood 14 x 111/4


S. Clay Wilsonscape 2001 Pencil 101/2 x 16’’


Quotes ”… I remain totally charmed by by their (Anthony’s drawings) irreverence, their sly idiot cunning, their incisive social commentary in the delicious disguise of incompetence.”

Leo Steinberg, Letter, 1990

”… perverse, charming drawings …” Gregory Battcock, Art and Artists, Nov. 1971

”… among the milestones of Funk…uproarious…”

Joseph Masheck, ARTFORUM, May 1981

”… Rave review.” Roy Lichtenstein for Anthony’s 1988 book BILL ANTHONY’S GREATEST HITS

”… a precocious enfant-terrible.” Laurie

Anderson, ARTnews, Sept. 1971

”… a sophisticated visual comedian who plays the fool to hilarious and often profound effect.” Ken Johnson, New York Times, Oct. 11 2002

”… laugh-until-it-hurts drawings…” Nancy Princenthal, Art in America, Feb. 2004

”… the drawing’s composition is superb and grim, the dark humor is unmistakenly adult.”


Joos Pollmann, de Volkskraut, Rotterdam, May 3 2001

Carolee schneemann, Aquatic performance artist, visits ingres’ harem 2006 Pencil and pastel 22x30’’


WOOF 2009 Pencil 81/8 x 71/4’’


Echo after Cabanel 2009 Pencil and pastel 91/8 x 63/8’’


Bacon bastards 1999 Oil on Canvas 14 x 26�


Feminist Andrea Dworkin thinks rape victims should be able to execute their attackers personally

2009 Pencil and pastel 22 x 30’’


Quotes ”… charm and wit…” Philippe De Montebello, Letter 1988

”… (the) recognizable becomes surreal… grotesque, silly, vulgar… in ways that make you smile and laugh… while wondering about the state and sanity of the world… (and the artist).” Jacob lillemose, Catalogue Essay 2004

”… as weird and wonderful as gargoyles…”

George Plimpton for Anthony’s 1978 book BIBLE STORIES

”… Anthony (is)… a cult figure…” Vivien Raynor, New York Times, Nov. 5 1995

”… WAR IS SWELL is swell”

Jasper Johns regarding Anthony’s 2000 book WAR IS SWELL

”… There is an anxious Cézannian formality lurking behind funky facture…”

David Humphrey, ARTS, Oct. 1988

”… a terrific show…”

Roberta Smith, New York Times, Jan. 11 2008

”… his works are chacterzed by… wisdom and love of life.”


Ragna Sigurdardottir, Morgunbladid, Reykjavik, May 29 2003

Heart’s desire, after Balthus, 2009 Oil on wood 12 x 175/8’’


Kamikaze flaming 2010 Oil on wood 121/4 x 181/2’’


Earthly delights 2008 Oil on wood 24 x 27’’


Magritte mirror 2009 Oil on wood 91/4 x 87/8’’


ana mendieta presses a piece of glass upagainst her boops 2006 Oil 18 x 14’’


Quotes ”… an undeniable fascination to it - a sense of obessiveness mixed with hilarity… an artist sui generis…” Barry Schwabsky, ARTS, Jan. 1992

”I can’t wait for the New Testament. his is the first Bible I could understand.” Andy Warhol for Anthony’s 1978 book BIBLE STORIES

”Outrageous! Repulsive! Insults standards of art! Ought to be banned! Congratulations!” Robert Rosenblum, Berland-Hall Gallery guest book, 1991

”…(looking at) his art, I find myself magntically caught up, losing track of time…”

David Carrier, artUS, Winter 2007

”An original work on every level.”

Larry Rivers for Anthony’s 1965 book A NEW APPROACH TO FIGURE DRAWING

”Oh, that must be the work of a retarded person.” Gallery visitor seeing a small pencil drawing by Anthony.

”… hilarious… in a deliberately juvenile line.”

Marjorie Welish, Arts Sept. 1971

”… but like nothing before it, (Anthony’s) book (WAR IS SWELL) conveys the sense of cartoon menace that spooked – and possible saved – a generation.” Jim Nelson, Gentelmen’s Quarterly, Feb. 2001


Ensorians 2005 Pencil, pastel and charcoal 22x30’’


A woman with a letter from her lover hears her husband approaching – After Fragonard 2007 Oil on canvas 13 x 11’’


For their degeneate art show the Nazis hired actors to stand at the entrance ridiculing the paintings and sculptures, to indicate to museum visitors the proper response to the work 2006 Oil 14 x 33’’


Yue Minjun guys 2007 Oil on wood 121/4 x 211/2’’


Anthony art apreciation, 2007, Oil 12 x 15’’ 2007 Oil 12 x 15’


A Mail Art project by Stalke Out Of Space and Sam Jedig (founded in 2007) Artstamp.dk was established in 2007, as an alternative art project in relation to more traditional works of art. With Artstamp.dk I wish to both challenge the classical stamp and the frames for the concept of art. The art stamps are produced in small editions, typically between 50 -3000 stamps and are independent ”miniature works of art”. On the day of publishing, when the art stamps are publicly accessible, they will also exist as ”first day cover” in small editions. Artstamp.dk is not just about publishing stamps, but also about the function of the stamp. A part of the project is therefore an enquiry about what happens when letters/ mail art with art stamps are sent all over the world, crossing national frontiers. Will fhilatelists accept them? Will the art world take an interest? Will a third kind of collector, finding this concept interesting, arise? Artstamp.dk questions the reality, we are all part of and take for granted. Sam Jedig

First day cover 01-12-2009, 22/30 2009 Mixed media 61/2 x 9’’


Mail art (Hawaiian Farewell) 2009 Mixed media 61/2 x 9’’


MAIL ART ROUSSEAU FRIENDS 2010 Mixed media 61/2 x 9’’


William Anthony was born in 1934 in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and grew up in Washington State. He studied art briefly at Yale University where he majored in European History (BA 1958) and at art schools in New York and San Francisco. Anthony has exhibited extensively in America and in Europe wher he is represented by Stalke Galleri, Kirke Sonnerup, Denmark. He lives in New York City. Anthony’s work is represented in the following museum collections: Art Institute of Chicago - Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley - Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke - Brooklyn Museum - Cleveland Museum of Art - Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC - Denver Art Museum - Detroit Institute of Art - Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco - Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY - Hermitage, St. Petersburg - Ludwig Museum, Cologne - Museum of Modern Art, NY - Morgan Library and Museum, NY - Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY - Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - National Museum of Art, Oslo - Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey - Seattle Art Museum - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC - Tacoma Art Museum - Upplands Konstmuseum, Uppsala - Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City - Whitney Museum of American Art, NY Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts - Yale University At Museum


Thanks William Anthony wishes to thank Kristian Jakobsen, Niels Lillemose, Amalie and Marie Jedig, Trekroner Grafisk A/S and especially Sam Jedig, Éminence grise of Stalke Galleri.



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