Original drawing signed "Paul Sharits" and inscribed to the noted music administrator and author Renée Levine [Packer]
SHARITS, Paul 1943-1993
Price: 3,000.00 USD
1 page, ca. 241 x 151 mm. Inscribed "two double marks, for renée" and dated "74" in pencil to blank lower margin. A rectangle comprised of many small diagonal lines in coloured inks on dark ivory graph paper. Very slightly worn and browned; occasional show-through to blank verso. Sharits "was a visual artist, best known for his work in experimental, or avant-garde filmmaking, particularly what became known as the structural film movement... [His] film work primarily focused on installations incorporating endless film loops, multiple projectors, and experimental soundtracks." He was a teacher at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Antioch College, and SUNY Buffalo. Wikipedia. "Born in France, raised in New York and Mexico City, Levine Packer worked with Lukas Foss and was co-director with Morton Feldman of the renowned contemporary music group in Buffalo, New York, and a director of the Contemporary Music Festival at the California Institute of the Arts. She was Director of the Inter-Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, the producer of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's multimedia opera The Cave, and a dean at the Maryland Institute College of Art." Website of Oxford University Press. Filmmakers Paul Sharits and Hollis Frampton participated in the Evenings for New Music in Buffalo series in 1973, which which Renée Levine Packer was involved: "About that time, no one was hiring filmmakers as teachers. SUNYB, however, by now had a tradition of hiring practicing composers and musicians engaged in avant-garde music, such as the Creative Associates and the more senior composers through the Slee Professor Endowment. Based on these models, I made the first hires for what became the Center for Media Studies in 1973: filmmakers Paul Sharits and Hollis Frampton." The Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo, p. 111.