Close Relations and A Few Black Sheep: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection

  • Jun 2, 2012 – Sep 23, 2012
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Emil Lukas, "Time Line Under Pear Tree", 1994-96 (detail), concrete,
shells, stones, leaves, wood, seeds, pigment, earth, insects and oil
paint in cast plaster, 40 sections, 42' when laid end to end (variable),
each section 12 1/2" in diameter. Museum purchase with funds from the
Benefactors Fund, 2000.

Focusing on the Weatherspoon’s ever growing collection of three-dimensional works, this exhibition is presented in several sections, each of which brings together artists whose work shares an affinity, if not a fairly direct kinship.  

“The Space of Architecture” features work by Jackie Ferrara, Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, and Jane South, among others.  Some pieces are structures that simulate architectural forms while others more directly quote from that vocabulary. The works in “Going Organic” share an inspiration from, or approximation of, the natural world and include newly acquired sculptures by Ursula Von Rydinsgvard and Roxy Paine. “No More Heavy Metal” presents the work of post-minimalist sculptors, such as Richard Nonas, Tara Donovan, and Charles Long, who reject the cool and pre-fabricated nature of much minimal art in favor of a greater engagement with form and materials.

The “few black sheep”—works by Scott Richter and Kent Young, for example—spotlight the fact that distinctions between genres and mediums have been stretched, dismantled, and elided in much contemporary art.

Related programs:

Educators Workshop • Thu Jun 28 @ 9am

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Aug 14 @ 12pm

This exhibition is a partner program included in the 2012 17Days Festival from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.  For a list of other cultural programs during the festival, visit the official 17Days website.



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