Exhibition tour: Dr Flavia Frigeri on 'An Unlikely Friendship: John Wesley in conversation with Donald Judd': Alison Jacques Gallery

2 May 2019


Dr Flavia Frigeri will lead a tour of Alison Jacques Gallery’s current exhibition An Unlikely Friendship: John Wesley in Conversation with Donald Judd. The tour will take place on Thursday 2 May at 6.30pm.


The event is free but spaces are limited, please RSVP to info@alisonjacquesgallery.com


Friends for over thirty-five years, Wesley stated that the two spoke about 'anything but art' and, although there was a clear admiration for Judd's work he 'wouldn't dare write about him'. In contrast, Judd wrote several times in praise of Wesley's work and in 1982 he invited Wesley, on what would be the first of several visits, to spend time in Marfa making new work. Judd's vision of a permanent purpose-built John Wesley Gallery for his friend's work was always on the horizon but not realised in full until 2004 by the Chinati Foundation. Given the apparent disparity between John Wesley and Donald Judd's work, visitors are often surprised to find the John Wesley Gallery at Chinati and to discover the close friendship between the two artists.


This exhibition brings together Wesley and Judd's work for the first time in direct dialogue with one another. A group of Wesley's painting on canvas and paper from 1983-1990 will be exhibited alongside four key Donald Judd sculptures from 1969-90. It becomes clear, from experiencing their work side by side, that the friendship was born from Judd's understanding of what Wesley was doing and an ability to relate to aspects within his own approach to making art.


Dr. Flavia Frigeri is an Art Historian and Curator, currently Teaching Fellow in the History of Art department at University College London. Prior to that she served as a Curator, International Art (2014-16) and Assistant Curator (2011-14) at Tate Modern, where she worked on exhibitions, acquisitions and permanent collection displays. She co-curated (with Jessica Morgan) The World Goes Pop (2015). Previous projects include Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (2014), Paul Klee: Making Visible (2013) and Ruins in Reverse (2013). From 2010 to 2011 she was the recipient of the prestigious Hilla Rebay International Fellowship from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.


She holds a PhD from UCL, an MA in Art History from University of Chicago and a BA in Art History from John Cabot University, Rome. She has published articles and catalogue essays on a range of subjects including, post-war Italian Art, Pop Art and Exhibition Histories. Most recently she curated: Carol Rama: Eye of Eyes (Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019), Boom: Art and Industry in 1960s Italy (Tornabuoni, London, 2018) Invisible Cities (Waddington Custot, London, 2018) and Evolutionary Travels the inaugural show of Fundacion Arte in Buenos Aires in 2016. She is currently working on a book investigating Rome’s post-war visual landscape and co-editing a volume of collected essays Multiple Modernisms: New Histories of Art in the Global Postwar Era, texts which originated in a symposium held at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Copenhagen in 2017.


An Unlikely Friendship: John Wesley in conversation with Donald Judd continues until 25 May 2019.