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Happy Birthday, Thomas Pynchon!
In honor of Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr.’s birthday today (Happy 76th!), we wanted to share a few of our favorite pages of Zak Smith’s Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow. If you are in New York, catch Zak’s exhibit, MAXIMUM EVERYTHING ALWAYS, at Fredericks & Freiser, May 2- June 8.
Zak Smith was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1976. In addition to the Gravity’s Rainbow illustrations, which were shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and are now in the collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Smith’s recent projects include the multipanel painting 100 Girls and 100 Octopuses and an ongoing series of portraits of friends and acquaintances in the sex industry entitled Girls in the Naked Girl Business as well as a number of stand-alone paintings and drawings, abstract and otherwise. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide and is held in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. He lives and works in Brooklyn.