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Antony Hegarty's art show at the Hammer Museum opens in January

November 11, 2011 |  3:15 pm


New York musician Antony Hegarty, best known for his atmospheric and delicate compositions with his supporting band, the Johnsons, will have his artwork on display this winter at the Hammer Museum.

More than 60 pieces -- drawing and collages made between 2004 and 2011 -- will showcase Antony's ritualistic process involving washing and burning paper, as well as repetitive mark-making and cutting, tearing and sewing found images. The exhibit, Antony's first solo museum show in the U.S., will open Jan. 22 and run through May 13 in the Hammer's Vault Gallery.

Some of Antony's work will be familiar to those who bought the special edition of "Swanlights," his 2010 album that came with an accompanying book of his paintings, drawings and collages exploring his connection to the natural world and liminal, fragmentary states of consciousness. 

Also in January, Antony will present "Swanlights" at Radio City Music Hall, a performance piece with a 60-piece orchestra playing songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons' albums. No word yet on if this show will come to Los Angeles.


Album review: Antony and the Johnsons' 'Swanlights'

Album review: Antony and the Johnsons' 'Crying Light'

Your Monday morning rush of emotion: Antony's duet with Bjork

-- Margaret Wappler

 Photo credit: Clive Osborne