An article in the most recent issue of Artforum, written about the artist Martin Wong, draws on research from the Martin Wong Papers held in Fales Library’s Downtown Collection part of NYU Special Collections. Martin Wong was a downtown, LGBTQ, AAPI artist famous for his portrayals of urban life during the 1980s.
The article, written by Solomon Adler, focuses on the importance of Wong's time in the Northern California town of Eureka, and its impact on his career. In order to research the article, Adler spent several days looking through the Martin Wong Papers, which were recently re-housed and redescribed by our colleagues in the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department and Archival Collections Management.
This project, which has made the papers more navigable and safer for researcher use, was initiated in anticipation of the retrospective exhibition "Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief," opening Tuesday, November 8th at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid, Spain. The exhibition features 23 objects on loan from the Martin Wong Papers.
Additionally, Stanford University, in collaboration with the Martin Wong Foundation, has just released a Catalogue Raisonné of Wong's work. Among the hundreds of pieces cataloged in this free, digital resource are some materials held in the Wong Papers, such as this ink drawing of multidisciplinary artist, Sam Sebren.