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Tribal Frog Tattoo

On the occasion of Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle 
Michael Williams 
January 21-May 9, 2015

"Tribal Frog Tattoo" is an exhibition of new paintings by Michael Williams presented in conjunction with the Met’s new production of Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle. This is the first solo Gallery Met show for Williams, who has emerged as a major figure in the art world in recent years. He contributed a painting to last season’s group show "Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor." "The title of the show is Tribal Frog Tattoo," Williams says. "The forms in these paintings have the kind of jagged rhythm of a tribal tattoo, and I can imagine them being the sort of tattoos that old Bluebeard might have."

Tongue, 2014
acrylic on canvas
29 x 38 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Comb, 2014
acrylic on canvas
36 x 41 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Cloud, 2014
acrylic on canvas
34 x 26 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Slice, 2014
acrylic and pencil on canvas
36 x 40 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Yard, 2014
acrylic on canvas
33 x 30 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Phone, 2014
acrylic on canvas
32 x 18 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Box, 2014
acrylic on canvas
27 x 28 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Scustin What, 2015
inkjet, airbrush, acrylic, and oil on canvas
98.5 x 78 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Staple, 2014
acrylic on canvas
35 x 27 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Printer, 2014
acrylic on canvas
26 x 33 inches
Courtesy: Michael Williams, Michael Werner Gallery, and CANADA

Installation view of  Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo 

Installation view of  Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo 

Installation view of  Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo

Installation view of  Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo


Installation view of  Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo

Installation view of  Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo

Installation view of Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo, Grand Tier (top of stairs)

Installation view of Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo,Grand Tier Restaurant

Installation view of Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo,Grand Tier Restaurant

Installation view of Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo,Grand Tier Bar

Installation view of Michael Williams' Tribal Frog Tattoo,Grand Tier Bar