The Spence Collection
How art can change your life.

Self-Portrait (Shipwreck)

Created 1989 Acquired 19901

Appropriated painting w/text (psychoactive drugs)

Artwork Story

Exhibited Laguna Art Museum 1998-9 "Life Lessons: How Art Can Change Your Life"

Judith Spence

You can read something about this and the other Boskovich works in the lecture (see Stories, What I Learned...) in the section on "Narcissism", keeping in mind that I don't mean "narcisissm" in the unhealthy, self-involved, grandiose sense. I'm referring to the healthy side of "narcissism" which is about knowing who and how you are. The text added to this "found" painting makes you laugh, but like all jokes, it's also very serious. "Found" seems like a witticism about how random the search for self-awareness can be. When what we come upon is disaster, we can't just settle it down. This also connects with Meg Cranston's Inconsolable.


"Exh:Laguna Art Museum, 1998-9, 'Life Lessons; ...'"

About the Artist

John Boskovich



Also By This Artist

Artist's Current Listing
Created 1987 Acquired 19881

Portrait of the Artist and His Mother
Created 1986 Acquired 1987

Self Portrait (cup)
Created 1992-3? Acquired 19920000/3

Self-Portrait [(Ana Mendieta)]
Created 1989 Acquired 19896

Self-Portrait [(King Theodore)]
Created 198700 Acquired 198980

Thou Still Unravish'd Bride of Quietness
Created 1987 Acquired 19879

Will The Lake Remember He Who Is Reflected On It?
Created 1989 Acquired 19956