An Irishman drinking a Guiness finds an old lamp, rubs it and out pops a genie.  The genie says “I will grant you three wishes.”  The Irishman says, “I’d like a glass of Guiness that ever refills itself.”  The genie grants him his wish.  The Irishman drinks his beer and immediately it refills. He does it again and again.  Finally the genie says, “you have two more wishes, what do you want?”  The Irishman says, “I’ll have two more of these.”

And so began our afternoon with William Wiley…

One of my favorite people and artists, spending time with Wiley at his studio is one of those experiences that makes me feel so fortunate to do what I do.  All the qualities of his work, its playfulness, wit and humor are intelligent and engaging.  And his studio, strewn with the effects of over five decades in the art world–books, show invitations, photographs, magazine clippings, gifts of other artists’ works, musical instruments, odds, ends and evidence of mother nature encroaching upon the old studio sitting just above a creek in the woods– is authentic Wiley.

William Wiley, Ochi Gallery, Studio Visit

William Wiley, Ochi Gallery, Studio Visit

William Wiley, Ochi Gallery, Studio Visit

William Wiley, Ochi Gallery, Studio Visit

Dad with Wileys

William Wiley, Ochi Gallery, Studio Visit

BLACK & WHITE | WHACK & BLIGHT

William Wiley, Ochi Gallery, Studio Visit

Wiley & his wife, Mary Hull Webster

William Wiley, Ochi Gallery, Studio Visit

Time-keeper, Buster: Are you keeping time, or is time keeping you?

We are bringing some stunning Wiley paintings and watercolors to UNTITLED Miami with us next week.  A discussion of the fair soon led to a discussion about the state of the art market, which led to a discussion about artists as the “antenna of society” and beyond that as the prophets of things to come.  This discussion led Wiley’s wife, Mary Hull Webster, to inquire about artists’ ability to make this kind of important work outside the dialogue of the art market.  True to form, Wiley said that art will take care of itself and folks will simply have to arrange themselves around it.  I loved this idea because as we head into the spectacle that will no doubt be Miami Beach it’s encouraging to remember that it should really be all about the art and the excitement the artists, collectors and dealers have about the work.

 

-pauli ochi

all photos © OCHI GALLERY