To Know the Rules and to Break the Rules: Notes on Richard Merkin's Style
Richard Merkin (RISD MFA 1963, Painting) taught painting and drawing at RISD for 42 years (1963–2005). He was known not only for his artwork—bright-colored images of jazz musicians and sports heroes—but also for his distinctive personal style. These are the notes I typed for a gallery conversation reflecting on Merkin’s character and comparing his improvisation in dress to jazz.
RISD professor of painting Dennis Congdon’s notes for a lecture at the RISD Museum.
Dennis Congdon, (RISD BFA 1975, Painting)
RISD Professor of Painting