David Humphrey has long been interested in the intersection of desire and consumerism in middle-class America. At times both humorous and disturbing, his work employs vernacular imagery drawn from the ephemera of American consumer culture. His canvases are populated with images of kittens, poodles, flowers, vacuum cleaners, peanut butter and other objects that elicit feelings of familiarity and nostalgia.
Humphrey is a New York-based artist who has shown nationally and internationally. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize among other awards. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake
, was published by Periscope Publishing in 2010. He wrote a column for Art Issues
from 1989 until 2002 and is a periodic contributor to Art in America
. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. He is a senior critic at the Yale School of Art and is represented by the Fredericks Freiser Gallery, NY.
April 12, 12:30 om
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
image: Blue Hand
, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 in.