Exhibition Archive

July 13, 2008 - October 5, 2008

Under the Radar: Leslie Lerner

Under the Radar is a new series of solo artist exhibitions that showcase mid-to-late-career artists who have yet to receive sufficient attention from museums or galleries. The series debuts with painter Leslie Lerner -- the choice of KMA Executive Director Neil Watson. Lerner, who came to artistic maturity in the counter-culture of 1960s San Francisco, paints in a manner combining the color and fantasy of a Watteau painting with a contemporary, haunting sensibility. Part science fiction, part psychedelic apparition, Lerner’s paintings are ultimately meditations on his California experience.

My Life in France, The Lost Boy, A Snail A Snare Leslie Lerner



July 13, 2008 - October 5, 2008

Julie Downing

This summer the Learning Center features Julie Downing’s rich, jewel-like watercolor illustrations from the children’s books How Do You Know?, The Magpies’ Nest, and Where is My Mommy? Downing is an internationally published author and illustrator of over 30 children’s books, as well as the recipient of a Parents Choice Award and the New York Public Library Best Books Award. Visitors to the Learning Center will also learn about Impressionist art.

Meet Julie Downing Sunday, September 28 at 1pm. She will read, draw, answer questions, and sign books. If you are interested in having Julie Downing visit your school click on the second link below.

Let's go try to find the pond (detail), Julie Downing. Watercolor. from "How Do You Know?" Clarion Books, 2006




July 13, 2008 - March 15, 2009
Philip Grausman

Displayed concurrently on the south lawn and in the KMA Sculpture Garden, Philip Grausman’s two immense female heads have a commanding presence. The sculptures, Susanna and Eileen, are “portraits” stripped to their essence. The artist concentrates on volume and form, eliminating inconsequential details. The works are both startling in their pure white monumentality and mysterious in the women’s stoic expressions.

Photo by Margaret Fox

March 30, 2008 - June 29, 2008

Here's the Thing: The Single Object Still Life

This exhibition includes over 60 works – paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints – created between the late 19th century and the present; the majority of the art dates from the second half of the 20th century. The single objects featured in these works are familiar everyday items: packaged goods, household appliances, utensils, prepared food, furniture, clothing, hardware, building materials, and tools. From the trompe l’oeil precision of John Haberle’s Twenty Dollar Bill to the intimate line of Gunter Grass’s Eye Glasses to the structural monumentality of Donald Sultan’s Domino, June 8, 1990, each work reveals the unique philosophical leanings of its creator. Of paramount concern is what each artist chooses to do with the subject matter. Arman breaks his objects into pieces. Domenico Gnoli looks for abstraction in the details of clothing. Vija Celmins paints brooding images of objects designed to warm or light the space they occupy. Often, the subject is selected simply because it is close at hand. But objects such as Richard Diebenkorn’s scissors or David Park’s sink have a deeper significance because they belong to the artist’s private world.

Some of the other artists featured in the exhibition include Robert Arneson, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, Claudio Bravo, Christo, Jim Dine, Janet Fish, Tom Friedman, Red Grooms, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, Robert Lazzarini, Roy Lichtenstein, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Don Nice, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Otterness, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol.

Big KissJames Del Grosso, 2007. Oil on canvas, 32x32.



March 30, 2008 - June 29, 2008

Jenny Lynn: The Object is Art

This installation features the striking black-and-white photographs and sculptural work of artist Jenny Lynn. A freestanding floor-to-ceiling Photo Totem, composed of the photographer’s iconic imagery, as well as multiple panels of individual, everyday objects, are arranged in various configurations. The artist orchestrates images and shapes to create a dynamic environment in which associations and connections among object, image, and meaning can be explored.

Jenny Lynn Installation, Jenny Lynn.


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