Wednesday, November 10, 2010

William Shearburn Gallery: Friday, 19 November 2010

November 19, 2010 - January 15, 2011

Katherine Bradford, Bonnie Collura, Barnaby Furnas, Ellen Gallagher, Jeremy Kost, JJ Murphy, Jennifer Wynne Reev, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Bill Traylor

William Shearburn Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled, Ab/Fig, curated by Wendy Cooper. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, November 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and continue through January 15, 2011.

As a child,Wendy Cooper accompanied her mother, a medieval art historian through museums to search for hidden clues and to identify the personal styles of artists who for almost a millennium painted nothing but religious iconography. Cooper silently wondered, Why only religious iconography, for so many years? It was an oppressive context for a child of the sixties and seventies to understand. Medieval artists were financially, aesthetically and creatively bound by the mandates of their powerful patrons from the early Christian church - in order to even afford the expensive materials with which they worked.

This show is a nod to the absence of those particular constraints and a reflection on the steady shift in cultural context that artists are now free to mirror in their work. The common thread running through the exhibition are each artist's identifiable visual language of abstracting figural forms, using psychological, formal, dissociative, or historical elements to portray his or her unique style. The economics of making art disperses into survival of the fittest.

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