Tom Burckhardt: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Oct 13, 2011 – Jan 8, 2012
  • Gallery 6

Tom Burckhardt investigates the artistic process, particularly the dilemma of the contemporary painter, in his innovative and humorous works. His exhibition at the Weatherspoon includes Elements of a Painting, a large-scale wall installation that destabilizes the grand tradition of painting through the use of old book pages as a surface. In the work, Burckhardt asks us to “read” and dissect a library of shapes associated with the painted image. Similarly, he uses vintage, clothbound book covers to create a large series of acrylic and colored pencil works (the titles of the works are derived from the titles of the books). Though these works may initially appear as geometric abstractions, Burckhardt’s ambiguous forms and the suggestion of either a horizon line or division between two planes (created by the seam between the two parts of the book cover) beckon towards a narrative interpretation.
Tom Burckhardt (b. 1964, New York) received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Among his solo exhibitions are those at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2006); the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ (2005); and DiverseWorks, Houston, TX (2005). He has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2011), a Guggenheim Foundation Grant (2009), and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1997 and 2005).  Burckhardt is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.

As the Fall 2011 Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Burckhardt will present a lecture and gallery talk on his work and participate in MFA graduate student critiques.
The exhibition is organized by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions. Special thanks to Assistant Professor of Art, Barbara Campbell Thomas, and the 2010/11 Falk Visiting Artist Committee.

Related programs:

Artist Gallery Talk • Wed Oct 12 @ 4pm (open to UNCG students + faculty)

Artist Lecture • Thu Oct 13 @ 5:30pm (open to the public)

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.