Noah sitting on The White House in construction, Joshua Tree, early 1990s

Noah sitting on The White House in construction, Joshua Tree, early 1990s

© LaToya Ruby Frazier

© LaToya Ruby Frazier


Hannah Collins - The Interior and The Exterior - Noah Purifoy

If you're in San Francisco, be sure to see Hannah Collin's exhibition of images taken at the Purifoy sculpture site in Joshua Tree. The show runs from June 15th until July 15th at the Anglim Gilbert Gallery on Minnesota Street. The portfolio of 18 gelatin silver prints was conceived by the acclaimed British artist as an homage to Noah. Collins took the black and white photographs with a plate camera, resulting in an insightful, honorific visual essay on this remarkable form of personal, recorded history. Finding kindred inspiration in Walker Evans' photographic series and book, Message from the Interior, she acknowledges and adapts the portfolio model, referencing the spatial layout and typography of the iconic volume.  

"It is inevitable when photographing such structures that Walker Evans’ earlier view of the American vernacular comes to the surface. Evans’ view of the South was that of an outsider. Purifoy’s vision was drawn from his life. Both come from periods of American history in transformation. The conclusion to Purifoy’s vision will be the return of these structures to the desert itself."

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DESERT magazine: "What would Noah Purifoy do?"

Kristin Scharkey speaks with members of the Noah Purifoy Foundation Board of Directors about the difficulties of finding a balance between preserving Noah's Outdoor Museum while maintaining the integrity of the original artwork. "The work is always changing, and that's what Noah wanted to do... We are staying as true to that as possible."  DESERT magazine, June 2017.

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VoCA Journal dedicates its issue to the work of progresive artist-endowed foundations.

Contributors to this Fall 2016 issue include leaders from the Noah Purifoy, Jay DeFeo, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Dedalus foundations. The journal features two contributions from  Richard Cándida Smith, the founding President of the Noah Purifoy Foundation. Read these fascinating insights at the article links below.



VoCA Journal: Art Is A Confrontation with A "Me" That Needs Improving

Historian Richard Cándida Smith recollects the beginnings of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, and his eventual position as the founding president of the Foundation. Smith recorded several interviews with Noah over the course of four years, and shares Noah's own feelings about the Foundation that was created in his name.

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VoCA Journal: Multiple Theoretical Directions: The Noah Purifoy Foundation Today

Richard Cándida Smith served as President of the Noah Purifoy Foundation from its inception in 1998 until 2001., when Joseph Lewis succeeded him. Recently, the two sat down to discuss where the Foundation started, how it has evolved since then, and what's next on the horizon in this second contribution to the VoCA Journal.

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The New York Times Magazine: "A Pilgrimage to the Desert Shrine of Noah Purifoy"

Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier traveled to Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree with her friend, the installation artist Abigail DeVille, whose own work is created from discarded materials. Frazier says. "When I saw Purifoy, I  immediately saw Abiigail." Frazier and DeVille's pilgrimage to the Mojave Desert pays homage to Noah's work, and is chronicled in the October 30 issue of The New York Times Magazine.. 

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Motherboard takes a photo tour of Noah Purifoy's desert museum

Naolmi Melati Bishop and photographer Aaron Purket take a photo tour of Purifoy's Outdoor Museum with a special focus on the "Junk Dada" electronic waste in the desert environment. Bishop  describes Purifoy's work in the high desert terrain - one of striking contrasts and inclement weather: summer days soar above one-hundred-degrees, and winter nights plunge to below freezing.

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