Let’s Get Small: The Elusive Water McBeer Shows His Coveted Collection at Jeffrey Deitch
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Let’s Get Small: The Elusive Water McBeer Shows His Coveted Collection at Jeffrey Deitch

Water McBeer with the artist Brian Belott. WATER MCBEER “Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But Water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield,” the collector and gallerist Water McBeer told me recently over email. “As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” In the eight years that he has run his eponymous miniature gallery, the enigmatic McBeer has gained cult status. The collector has thrown tiny-scale exhibitions for artists ranging from Jamian Juliano-Villani to Andy Warhol, and the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist once staged a version of his famous “Nanomuseum” at the tiny roving space. Beyond the gallery, over the decades, McBeer has been photographed with luminaries including President Bill Clinton and Jean-Michel Basquiat, although no one has gone on record saying that they can recall meeting the man. This Saturday, Jeffrey Deitch’s space at 76 Grand Street in Manhattan will open “The Private Collection of Water McBeer,” a survey of McBeer’s art holdings, which are expansive in scope but small in stature. The exhibition features over 40 artists, many of whom have shown at the gallery in […]

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