The Persistence of Vision: Early and Late Works by Artists with Macular Degeneration, currently on view at the University of Cincinnati, includes 50 pre- and post-macular works by notable visual artists affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including Lennart Anderson, Serge Hollerbach, Dahlov Ipcar, David Levine, Robert Andrew Parker, Thomas Sgouros, Hedda Sterne, and William Thon. These artists are highly varied in their approach to making art, and some are still alive and working. Each of them has created a substantial body of work after the onset of macular degeneration, responding to its challenges in highly inventive and individual ways and revealing fascinating continuities between their early and late work. A catalog accompanies the exhibit.
Our film about Robert Andrew Parker, A Is for Artist, made in collaboration with Cathleen O’Connell of Desert Penguin Pictures, will be screened for the first time this summer--details forthcoming. We'll then be making it available on our website beginning in August. To correspond with the release of the film, Rachel Walls has organized a major exhibition of Parker's work at her gallery, Rachel Walls Fine Art (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), on view now through the end of the summer.
A number of writers and artists will be featured on this site in the coming months, including documentary filmmaker Andrea Torrice, who has Stargardt disease, an inherited form of juvenile macular degeneration; Georgina Kleege, a writer with Stargardt who teaches at UC Berkeley and just published a book, More Than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art; Cynthia Schira, a textile artist who has recently begun to incorporate clay into her creations, and Agnès Varda, whose vision loss is central to her most recent, award-winning film, Faces Places.