PATRICK WEBB: 25 Years of Work


PAAM 2008 exhibition catalogue

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Patrick Webb’s narrative paintings, inspired by the plague that has devastated his generation, are brilliant and mordant evocations of a twentieth-century Carnival of Death. Others have broached thee subject of AIDS with varying degrees of rage and despair. Webb’s conception of the doomed protagonist as a figure adapted from Tiepolo’s clownish Punchinello enables him to confront the terrible with an irony that enriches and deepens the ultimate pathos. I am moved by these paintings and admire them, for their invention, craft, and complex psychic texture.

— Stanley Kunitz. 1994


PAAM exhibition dates: March 14 – May18, 2008