CALL Legacy Specialists Marianne DeAngelis

Marianne DeAngelis

Legacy Specialist with CALL Artist Ted Kurahara

Can you share what you and your CALL Artist were able to accomplish through the CALL program?
We created an inventory for Ted Kurahara’s paintings, prints and studies as well as numbered, wrapped and labeled each work. Ted has diligently kept all his notes, exhibition information, letters, etc. in binders which we digitized. We also had newer paintings photographed and we created a website.

Can you give us a sense of how the CALL experience may have influenced you and your work as an artist?
I have a greater sensitivity toward the documentation and care of my own work.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of this work? 
Working with Ted, hearing his story and gleaning from his experience as an artist. I felt honored to have been able to experience first-hand decades of works in his oeuvre. By reviewing and rediscovering his work, Ted has a clearer sense of what he has accomplished and how it contributes to his work now.

What has been most difficult? 
Allowing for the time to develop trust and create a system from the artist’s perspective and realizing that our time working together is limited and we will not be able to accomplish everything.

What do you recommend to anyone assisting an artist in the career documentation process?
It is important to take the time to evaluate how the artist works by asking many questions. The artist’s needs and perspective are the primary guidelines for developing a functional system. To avoid overwhelm, prioritize the jobs that require immediate attention and break down each job into smaller projects that are attainable. Revisit your plan on a basis to reassess and make adjustments as priorities change.

  • catalyst, oil and oil pastel on canvas, 40 x 30 in., 2016

  • deluge, oil, graphite on canvas, 28 x 22 in., 2016

  • forget me not, oil, graphite, oil pastel on canvas, 28 x 22 in., 2016

  • IT'S SO COLD in Alaska, revisited, oil and graphite on canvas, 40 x 48 in., 2015

  • rainy days and mondays, oil, graphite on canvas, 28 x 22 in., 2016

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.