AFA ArtTalks: David Salle

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David Salle, Tennyson, 1983. Oil, acrylic, wooden and plaster relief on canvas, 78 x 117 x 5 1/2 in. Art © David Salle/Licensed by VAGA, NY, NY. Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, NY

David Salle To Speak at ArtTalks—AFA’s Lecture Series 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30 p.m., at Christie’s

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is pleased to announce that artist David Salle is the second speaker in the 2010/11 ArtTalks series, to be held at Christie’s on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. Following Salle’s lecture, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session and a wine reception.

About David Salle: One of the most important painters to emerge at the end of the 1970s, David Salle helped define the postmodern sensibility by combining figuration with an extremely varied pictorial language. His work has been exhibited in more than 100 museums and galleries worldwide, including the Whitney Biennial, Documenta, the Venice Biennale, Carnegie International, the Paris Biennale, and most recently, The Pictures Generation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 As a painter whose work comes out of a tradition of installation and performance, Salle is a longtime collaborator with Karole Armitage, designing sets and costumes for more than twenty of her ballets and operas. Their collaborations have been staged at such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, the Joyce Theater, Paris Opera, Opéra Comique, Opera Deutsche, Oper Berlin, and La Fenice. 

Salle is represented in the collections of most modern art institutions, and solo exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Castello di Rivioli; the Tel Aviv Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Guggenheim Bilbao; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover; and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien.

 Salle has contributed his writings on art to such publications as Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, and Modern Painters, as well as to numerous exhibition catalogues and anthologies.  He received a Guggenheim fellowship for theater design in 1986 and in 1995 directed the feature film Search & Destroy starring Griffin Dunne and Christopher Walken.

 In-kind support for ArtTalks is provided by Christie’s.


 When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30–8:00 pm


Where: Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues


Getting There: Subway: B, D, F, M to Rockefeller Center; E to 53rd Street


Tickets: $15; $10 for AFA members and students with valid ID. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, please call 212.988.7700 ext. 210 or e-mail Tickets can also be purchased online:


Press Contact: Lauren Palmor, Publications/Communications Assistant, 212.988.7700 ext. 249 or  


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