Anthony Hassett: Images from the Western Lands
2014, Chinese ink and acrylic glaze
Phil Space, 1410 Second St., 505-983-7945 Poet and art critic Anthony Hassett, among the last disciples of the Beats, has spent his life as a nonconformist, a dissident whose artwork honors artists, activists, and revolutionaries and reflects a pursuit of civil disobedience. “His life continues to embody Marcuse’s ‘Great Refusal,’ and has found him variously in jail cells with infamous political dissidents; in the salons of Nepalese poets and photographers; deported from Morocco; arrested in Athens; in detention by British military in caves beneath the Rock of Gibraltar,” writes artist Erin Currier, citing just a few of the many events that have formed Hassett’s experience. The exhibition People Are Terrific opens Friday, Dec. 2, with a 5 p.m. reception.