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SOME TWENTY-YEAR-OLD WORKS ON
PAPER AND TWO NEW SCULPTURES
|LUDWIG SCHWARZ: SOME TWENTY-YEAR-OLD WORKS ON PAPER AND TWO NEW SCULPTURES
Curated by Charles Dee Mitchell
Oct 23 - Dec 4
Sometime in the mid to late 1990’s, Ludwig Schwarz had an exhibition at Angstrom Gallery across
from Fair Park here in Dallas. I went by on the Saturday afternoon before the show was scheduled
to open that night. When I opened the gallery’s front door, it almost brushed against a table set
up against the freestanding wall used to announce exhibition titles and artists’ names. The table
was maybe three by six foot and normal table height, with a wooden top and collapsible metal
legs – out-of-date for the time, like something from an elementary school that would have been
replaced by now with a lighter weight, metal or plastic version. At some point in its career, some
one had painted it an unfortunate yellow, a thick coating of paint that emphasized cuts, gouges,
and other signs of use.
The table was in the way. I assumed the installation was still in progress and that it was serving
some purpose. When I picked up a checklist at the desk, the first item was Yellow Table.
Back when people still asked me to serve on panels, I was at a venue I’ve forgotten, discussing
a topic I don’t remember with two other panelists whose names I can’t recall. During the questions
from the audience phase, a young woman asked if each of the panelists would
give his or her definition of art. When it was my turn, I said, “Art is philosophical decoration.”
I stand by that statement, but remembering Ludwig’s Yellow Table I could elaborate. Art is the
broad category of things and experiences that may cause some awkwardness and tend to
get in your way when you are trying to get where you think you need to be.
(NOTE: Ludwig has assured me that my memory of that Angstrom exhibition is flawed in many
-Charles Dee Mitchell