The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery & American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004) will be the first exhibition in the United States to examine the shared histories, art, and programming activities of Pat Hearn Gallery (PHG) and American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art. (AFA), whose archives are held at CCS Bard, and which have been the focus of an ongoing research program within the curatorial graduate program, that has included three semester-long courses on the histories of both galleries and involved visits from artists, friends and colleagues of Pat Hearn and Colin de Land. The exhibition includes works of art shown at or associated with these galleries by over 40 artists. The exhibition draws upon the archives of each gallery to illuminate their distinctive curatorial practices, significant exhibitions, daily business activities, social worlds, and relationships of artists to art dealers and gallery founders Pat Hearn (1955-2000) and Colin de Land (1955-2003).
This exhibition and publication are made possible by the generous donation of print editions (produced and sold in partnership with Art+Culture Projects at artandculture.com) by many of the artists with whom Colin and Pat were associated: Tom Burr, George Condo, Moyra Davey, Mark Dion, Jeff Elrod, Rachel Harrison, Mary Heilmann, Jacqueline Humphries, Joan Jonas, Jutta Koether, Mariko Mori, Elizabeth Peyton, Philip Taaffe, and John Waters. The exhibition and publication have also greatly benefitted from the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Empty Gallery, and the Matthew Marks Gallery.