David Schorr


In 2012, I made a series of paintings called APOTHECARY. The word “apothecary” comes from the Greek for storehouse. I began with images of old apothecary bottles from the days when pharmacists mixed all medications from scratch. I had a few from my father (a doctor born in 1896) and the rest I found on eBay but then I changed the labels to things we each had in our personal storehouse from Deep Dark Secrets to Old Flames; some bottles stay sealed, others you can open from time to time. SLEEPLESS NIGHTS and LAZY AFTERNOONS were done early on, one after the other, and always seemed to be a pair. Long before the series was finished (a hundred in all, inspired by “a hundred bottles of beer on the wall) two friends came for a studio visit, one of them the president of a great art school. He and his husband immediately said that they wanted to buy those two. I said my dealer hadn’t even set a price yet. He said he didn’t care, he wanted first shot and now they hang in their home, right over the bar! My dealer Mary Ryan said that of the hundred images in the catalog they were the most requested, so when it came time to choose a subject for two Tamarind lithographs, it was an easy choice. - David Schorr

David Schorr received his BA from Brown University, and BFA and MFA from Yale. His work spans media, including painting, drawing, intaglio printmaking, lithography, and engraving. His work is included in permanent collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery, Washington, DC; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. His work has also been published in prestigious magazines and newspapers, including New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New Yorker, and New York Magazine. Schorr currently teaches printmaking, drawing, and typography at Wesleyan University. (Mary Ryan Gallery, New York)