Joe Dance is an artist who moved from West Virginia with his wife Beverly 40 years ago to pursue his dream of being an artist living in NYC. Beverly was an actress, became the director of Garrick Stephenson Antiques on Madison Avenue. Joe managed Ann Jacob America, an outsider art gallery on Madison Avenue in the early 90s. He moved on to became the Media Relations Specialist at Crate and Barrel. In 2005 Beverly passed away.
Today Joe creates beautiful mixed media and collages that are spontaneous. All the elements (balance, color, line, Cubist principle, etc.) are there, but the collages are not nearly as calculated and structured as my earlier paintings, states Joe.
I collect paper and ephemera from various sources, including what I might find on the street. When I start working on a new collage, I begin with an element that has a particular appeal to me and build from there–pulling in other elements that resonate–tearing, cutting, pasting–responding to balance, color, line and pattern as they present themselves–in essence, painting with paper.
It’s almost like going into a trance and allowing myself to be guided by an innate force. Enormously satisfying!
Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka
The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.
The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).
Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.
Young Girl in Green painted by Tamara de Lempicka (1927). Oil on plywood.