In 2004, London artist Donald Urquhart got a lot of attention for An Alphabet of Bad Luck, Doom and Horror, which filled an entire wall at Maureen Paley gallery with a childlike cataloging of universal woe, some of which had befallen the artist as he was preparing for the show. [Well, not K is for Ku Klux Klan or H is for Hitler, at least he had that going for him.]
In his current show at Paley's space, Urquhart has made an alphabet painting of just one person's misery, Joan Crawford [B is for Baby Jane.] Well, two if you count her daughter Christina [W is for Wire Hangers.] On the bright side, O is for Oscar Night.
Donald Urquhart's show at Maureen Paley runs through Sept. 30 [maureenpaley.com]
An Alphabet of Bad Luck, Doom and Horror, 2004 [saatchi-gallery.co.uk]