Focus: Stanley Whitney- This Spring exhibit seeks to feature the color and shape concept art by Stanley Whitney. The artist is an abstract painter known for his use of grid and squares. Whitney is inspired by minimalism and cubism. There are links to Jazz music, other painters, literature and many other forms that are cued to the viewed through the title of the work.
Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings- This collection will also be on display in the spring and features Sultan’s landscape series. These painting are inspired by industrialization, train cars and factories, all fragile in the face of disaster. The artist uses mixed medium in these paintings making use of tar and tile as well as paint. Sultan seeks to inform the audience of the fragility of modern industrialization and modern culture.
These paintings are large scale and combine certain aesthetics of nature as well. Many of the disasters depicted come from nature such as forest fires, while other disasters are human induced like arson. This collection took a decade for Sultan to complete and The Modern is the first art museum to focus on this collection as the artist is mostly known for his still life of flowers, plants, fruit and other mundane objects.
Focus: Katherine Bernhardt- The late spring early summer exhibition of artist Katherine Bernhardt blur the lines between abstract and figuration. Her most recent works focuses on everyday items that are often not given a second thought throughout the average day. Her works are flat and almost cartoonish in the way they are presented on canvas as she uses a mix of acrylic and spray paint. Her motifs create patterns in her paintings. Bernhardt is inspired by textile from Africa, Morocco, and the Caribbean and these are clear in her use of color and subject.
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