Crocodile Rock: Painter Leidy Churchman Cedes the Floor to No One in First Museum Survey
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Crocodile Rock: Painter Leidy Churchman Cedes the Floor to No One in First Museum Survey

Installation image of “Leidy Churchman: Crocodile” at the Hessel Museum of Art. CHRIS KENDALL When Leidy Churchman was given the floor for his first museum survey since starting out as a painter, he did not squander the opportunity. Nor did he fail to take the proposition literally—with a 32-foot-long floor painting that serves as a sort of stream-of-consciousness survey of its own. “It’s like another show in it,” the artist said of a new work taking special pride of place in “Crocodile,” an exhibition spanning Churchman’s career dating back to the mid-2000s at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. “I thought I should do something big and abstract, but I don’t really plan much in advance. I didn’t know I was going to do this.” When we met up, Churchman was in his studio on New York’s Lower East Side, and he was not yet finished with the floor work that would soon travel up to the Hudson River Valley. Most of it was complete, but there were some final tweaks and tinkerings to be considered. The painting, titled Don’t Try to Be the Fastest (Runway Bardo) , features some 40 smaller paintings […]

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