On Friday, October 5, the first night of Chinati Weekend 2018, the Los Angeles-based painter Michael Williams hosted an open studio at the Locker Plant in downtown Marfa. The multiple rooms of the Locker Plant were teeming with paintings and drawings in various stages of completion, offering visitors a strong sense of Williams’ working methods and the fecundity of his imagination. On view—on the walls, on the floor, on work tables in the back—was an array of finished works, works in progress, and a host of materials that the artist uses to make or inspire his paintings and drawings.
Williams’s recent solo exhibitions include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2017) and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Montreal, Canada (2015), and he has exhibited his work in numerous galleries internationally. Group shows include High Anxiety: New Acquisitions, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (2016); Artists and Poets, secession, Vienna (2015); The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2014); Comic Future, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX (2013), traveling to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2014).