Skip to content

Press Release

Mitchell-Innes & Nash will present a solo booth featuring William Pope.L at FIAC, Paris from October 21 through 24. The works on view, dating from the 1990s to the present, will include sculpture, photographs, painting and drawing, as well as a performance in the FIAC booth.

“No theme is paramount except via the hoodoo of time, material and staging. Tone: melancholic. Most recent book read: Remarks on Color" by Thomas Bernhard, James Tiptree Jr. And Robert Farris Thompson.” – William Pope.L

Pope.L is a multidisciplinary artist who creates visual art and performance pieces that confront issues of power, social class, sex, race, consumerism, and grace. Among his best-known works are the ‘crawls,’ a series of performances staged since 1978 in which he crawls for long distances through city streets.

'Cusp (kafka version)’ is a group endurance performance in which a set of performers, in teams of three, hour by hour, don oversize pajamas, and Obama masks. Standing on a dirt mound, two performers grip a rock dripping green ink on the prone body of a third performer. Wall works consist of paintings, several with Negro Ideas, on pvc and vinyl, drawings on found and discarded paper or inscribed with mayonnaise, and bas-reliefs of stuffed animals slathered in peanut butter and hung on the wall.


William Pope.L was born in 1955 in New Jersey. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he is a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Kunsthalle Wien. The MIT Press published a monograph to accompany The Friendliest Black Artist in America, his 2002-2004 traveling survey exhibition. His work has been exhibited and performed at The Whitney Museum in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, and the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Landscape + Object + Animal at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Allen Kaprow: YARD at Hauser & Wirth, New York; the DeCordova Biennial in Lincoln, Mass.; and Self as Disappearance 
at Contemporary Art Center, La Synagogue de Delme, France. Forthcoming exhibitions include the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and the New Museum, New York.

Performances of Cusp will take place continuously during the Vernissage and at intervals throughout the run of the fair. A schedule will be posted on the gallery’s website.