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I love the Burbs (2006) - Catalog No. 48
Popular media and the arts have traditionally portrayed the suburbs as a two-dimensional reality: either as the utopian land of fulfilled American Dreams (think Leave It to Beaver) or as an alienating black hole of materialism, monotony, and perversity (The Graduate, American Beauty). I love the Burbs presents an expanding discourse on the predominant way of life for most Americans. It includes painting, sculpture, photography, prints, video and installation art. 36pp.
Over + Over: Passion for Process (2005) - Catalog No. 47
Despite our current digital age, many artists are returning to traditional crafts such as needlepoint, hand-beading, crochet, quilting, and collage. The 13 artists represented in Over + Over: Passion for Process have each chosen painstaking, and in some cases extremely tedious working methods. Their intense focus is on a single theme, on a particular collection of unlikely or perhaps discarded material, and on carrying out a process that may have to be repeated thousands of times before a work is completed. The hours devoted to the creative act and the sheer volume of objects contained in a single artwork are astonishing. It is this magical sense of wonderment that appeals to visitors of Over + Over. And yet, despite the often mammoth scale and overwhelming numbers, this is art infused with human presence. Apparently there is still a need for the tactile, physical relationship to objects that the computer keyboard has, in large part, usurped.
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Ilan Averbuch (2005) Brochure No.
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SOL LEWITT: RECENT WORK (2004) - Catalog No. 46
Sol LeWitt (b.1928), whose abstract work relates to both Conceptual and Minimal art, created a “wall drawing” in situ for this exhibition – a vibrant latticework of primary colors. Other works included 12 recent colorful gouaches on large sheets of paper as well as drawings and maquettes for a series of dome structures that have yet to be realized. In her extensive catalogue essay, Emily Braun, Professor of Art History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the University of the City of New York, presents an entirely new interpretation of LeWitt’s wall drawings. There are many color illustrations of the art works. 42 pp.
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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: COLLECTORS CELEBRATE THE MUSEUM’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY (2004) - Catalog No. 45
Behind Closed Doors presented American art of the last 50 years in all mediums and styles. Selections from area collections include many museum-quality works. Curator Susan H. Edwards wrote that the exhibition “illustrated how artists have repeatedly challenged our assumptions about the parameters of art.” Fifty-five artists were represented; catalogue illustrations include work by Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Anthony Caro, Chuck Close, Nan Goldin, Alex Katz, Sol LeWitt, John Mangold, Robert Motherwell, Shirin Neshat, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. 20 pp.
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