Monday, July 15, 2019

Joel Grey's Other Love, Art, Is Not That Far From the Stage

Show Us Your Walls
By Robin Pogrebin
Joel Grey in his loft in front of a Richard Tuttle “rag,” “Lake” (1967). On floor: “The Kiss,” from the new book of Mr. Grey’s photographs, “The Flower Whisperer.”
NEW YORK---Yes, Joel Grey is mainly an actor and director, perhaps forever best known for his indelible portrayal of the M.C. in the musical “Cabaret” and, most recently for directing the acclaimed Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof.” But Mr. Grey has also steadily — and more quietly — built something of a side career as a photographer over the last 16 years, with his work featured in books, gallery shows and even in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Grey, 87, also likes to be around artists and has befriended several — namely David Hockney, Jim Dine and R.B. Kitaj — who have encouraged his artwork and sold him some of their own. [More]
“Ezra Pound II” (1974), R.B. Kitaj.CreditWinnie Au for The New York Times
Mr. Grey’s art-filled loft in the West Village.CreditWinnie Au for The New York Times