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Finding John Riegert at Pittsburgh’s SPACE

by Emily Colucci on September 1, 2016
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PITTSBURGH–Who is John Riegert? And why are there 243 portraits of him in a current exhibition at SPACE, one of Pittsburgh’s main downtown galleries?

Organized by Brett Yasko, the exhibition, John Riegert, centers around 252 Pittsburgh artists’ interpretations of Riegert, a local artist and writer who acts as a singular subject to showcase the range of Pittsburgh’s creative community. Even with a staggering amount portraits scattered around SPACE, the exhibition somehow becomes less about Riegert as an individual. Instead, the show is more about presenting a democratic snapshot of Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts scene–one that exists outside the main American art world poles of New York and Los Angeles.

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