James Wehn is a PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University. He is also guest co-curator for “Who RU2 Day: Mass Media and the Fine Art Print,” an exhibition featuring Carl Pope’s The Bad Air Smelled of Roses, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 18 November 2018 – 24 March 2019.

Carl Pope Jr.’s Poetics of Blackness: The Bad Air Smelled of Roses

Carl Pope, Jr, selections from The Bad Air Smelled of Roses, (2004–), letter-press posters, various dimensions. Cleveland Museum of Art; Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Whitehill Art Purchase Endowment Fund and gift of David Lusenhop in honor of the artist 2018.33.A Lie is Only a Lie and People Will Believe Anything designed and printed for Carl Pope by Hatch Show Print.

Carl Pope Jr. describes The Bad Air Smelled of Roses as a continuous writing exercise, a graphic essay, mapping the “ubiquitous presence Read More