Post-war artists have strived to push beyond boundaries and norms, even within the traditional realm of graphic art. The exhibition presents a broad range of drawings and works on paper that vary from traditional to innovative approaches by local, national, and internationally known artists. It includes works by Sol LeWitt, Julian Opie, Gerry Snyder, Lucien Freud, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many more.
Post-war artists have strived to push beyond boundaries and norms, even within the traditional realm of graphic art. Beyond Graphic presents a broad range of drawings and works on paper that vary from traditional to innovative approaches by local, national, and internationally known artists.
Minimal and Conceptual pioneer Sol LeWitt is acknowledged with Wall Drawing #89 1b from 1998. Predicated on advanced design over execution, the work removes the central element of traditional drawing – the artist’s hand. This work by LeWitt is a five by five foot square of gloss red paint with a three-foot diameter circle painted in matte red. The emphasis on color interaction and spare geometric design recall the works of Josef Albers, rendered on a large scale, directly on the wall. Gerry Snyder, one of the artists in the show, will execute the drawing.
Julian Opie is another innovator, creating elegant line drawings with a hybrid process utilizing photography and hand-rendering with digital manipulation. His schematic figures have the familiarity and impersonality of public signs, yet are simultaneously based on the fundaments of live figure drawing, imbuing the works with individual personality.
Santa Fe-based artist Gerry Snyder employs Old Master techniques with surprisingly topical themes. Guns, Gay appears to depict a moment of divine revelation, symbolized with Baroque tenebrist illumination parting the skies in a world inhabited by playfully amorphous creatures.
Beyond Graphic also includes works by Lucien Freud, Tony Fitzpatrick, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jose Bedia, Donald Sultan, and Luke Dorman.
Reception November 15 h 5-7pm
Image: Vija Celmins untitled, 18 color silkscreens, 23 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches 2005 ed. of 108
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