James Kalm visits the exhibition Phong Bui: Work According To The Rail, Part I, curated By Ricardo Kugelmas, at Show Room, New York, on view through November 25, 2012.
Kalm notes that "Bui is well known as an art writer, publisher of the controversial Brooklyn Rail, educator, and art world personality. He is equally respected among the artist's community as a masterful installation designer and collagist. Due to a flood in his studio earlier this Spring, Bui lost about twenty percent of his work from the last twenty-five years. This show features pictures inspired by his work with the Brooklyn Rail, and his childhood adoration of Saint Exupéry's Night Flight and Little Prince. Tragically, when Hurricane Sandy hit the next day, Bui's low laying studio, near the East River in Greenpoint Brooklyn, was totally flooded, costing him all but a few salvageable works."