DETROIT AFFINITIES: JOHN MAGGIE

Ann Arbor–born painter, sculptor, bookmaker and animator John Maggie (b. 1978) earned a BFA with a concentration in printmaking from Eastern Michigan University in 2004. Detroit Affinities presents ten sequential solo exhibitions representing five pairings: five Detroit artists and five artists from elsewhere. The pairings are intended to reveal correspondences, similarities and differences in the artists’ respective practices. The dialogues between the artists will serve to position Detroit artists in the larger global conversation on contemporary art.

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DETROIT AFFINITIES: JOHN MAGGIE

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 – JANUARY 4, 2015

Ann Arbor–born painter, sculptor, bookmaker and animator John Maggie (b. 1978) earned a BFA with a concentration in printmaking from Eastern Michigan University in 2004. Upon graduation, Maggie studied assemblage with Detroit Industrial Gallery’s Tim Burke and traditional oil painting with Nanjing University Art Academy’s Mingshi Huang. He works out of his studio in Hamtramck. Maggie’s exclusively figurative paintings often depict grotesque studies of the male physique, incorporating visual realism strewn with abstracted impasto. Maggie has recently exhibited in Detroit, Ann Arbor and New York. The third installment of his Wizard flipbook series, Remarkable Wizard (2013), is in the permanent collection of the library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Detroit Affinities presents ten sequential solo exhibitions representing five pairings: five Detroit artists and five artists from elsewhere. The pairings are intended to reveal correspondences, similarities and differences in the artists’ respective practices. The dialogues between the artists will serve to position Detroit artists in the larger global conversation on contemporary art.

The first Detroit Affinities exhibition showcases the work of the Detroit artist John Maggie (September 12, 2014–January 4, 2015). It is followed by an exhibition featuring the New York artist Jamian Juliano-Villani (February 6–March 29, 2015).

Detroit Affinities is generously supported by Quicken Loans.

Exhibition programming support is generously provided by the Taubman Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by the Edith S. Briskin/ Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.

Support for MOCAD is also provided by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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