Late Comedian Andy Kaufman Will Launch Maccarone Gallery’s Expanded Space

Next month West Village gallery Maccarone will make full use of its ample and recently expanded gallery space to present “On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman,” an exhibition devoted to the late avant-garde comedian, curated by artist and historian Jonathan Berger. As part of the exhibition’s programming, events and screenings will also take place at Participant Inc. in the East Village and MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Art in America reports.

The exhibition will consist of Kaufman ephemera and artifacts, including three handwritten novels, photographs, notes, X-rays, his personal record collection, and performance videos. “His influence on contemporary art is undeniable, and this show acknowledges that,” Berger told AiA. “It’s a fact that he’s influenced people like Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley, Trisha Donnelly, Laurie Simmons, and Maurizio Cattelan.”

Berger found most of the materials in the garage of Kaufman’s girlfriend, Lynne Margulies. In the 1999 Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon,” Marguiles was portrayed by singer-artist Courtney Love, while Jim Carrey — whose own art studio is just a few blocks from Maccarone — played the misunderstood comic.

“On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman” runs at Maccarone January 12-February 16, 2013.

— Benjamin Sutton

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