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September 06, 2015

The Paint Rag

Priced at five cents, published to raise money for the Gloucester Society of Artists, and dated August 5, 1925, this wonderful publication contained the following poem (pg. 3):

A Gloucester Limerick

There was an old lady in Gloucester
Who asked what a picture would cost her.
When they told her the news,
She let out some mews,
And said 'Oh, you naughty imposter.'

TiR remembers a similar incident happening to us in Chelsea.  

Or was it Soho?  

Or was it at Frieze?  Or was it Basel?  

Or Miami? Or Dubai?  Or Taipei?  Or New Delhi?  Or Hong Kong?  Or Dakar? Or Venice?  Or Kassel

We can't remember.

The Paint Rag we found last year behind the glass of a vitrine in this fine exhibition devoted to the great Theresa Bernstein and to a lesser extent to her husband William Meyerowitz.  

TiR jotted notes about the Rag in the margins of a magazine we were carrying, which we buried in our endless stacks of crap and forgot about, until recently excavating and reading the last of it.

The Bernstein exhibition has a robust virtual counterpart, here, encompassing personal documents from her life.  

TiR was overjoyed to find among them a scan of the entire Paint Rag, uploaded here (.pdf)

The Paint Rag states that it had a staff of four persons, including one B. B. McPhooff as Editor in Chief, and L. U. Mullenpop as Assistant Editor.   

Oddly, we are unable to find record of any other publications on which these skilled editors worked.  It's almost as if the staff's names are listed in large part so that an irreverent acrostic could be hidden in their initials  . . . B - L - A - H . . . B - U - N - K . . . Nah, couldn't be.

In addition, the publication's back page features the advertisement of a local Gloucester artistStuart Davis, offering "private instruction" in "Ultra-Modern Painting Method" which "is likely to increase the power of your work."

What might Davis's "ultra-modern" painting method have looked like in 1925? 

Some images of his very cool paintings from that year (the year of his first solo exhibition, at the Newark Museum) can be found herehere and here.