Arnot Art Museum
Re-presenting Representation IV
The Arnot Art Museum opened its biennial exhibition, Re-presenting Representation IV on October 15, 1999. Artists, collectors, and dealers from across the country converged on Elmira for the opening and a "Church Supper" catered by Pierce's 1894 Restaurant at Grace Church. This series of international exhibitions of trends in contemporary realist art has been featured by CNN in 250 countries. The exhibition will be on view through February 20, 2000. Since the first exhibition in the series in 1993,the Museum has featured over 140 artists. (left: Neil Welliver, Study for Across St. John's, 1990, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY; right: Wes Hempel, Fatherhood, 1997, oil on canvas, 72 x 42 inches, Denver Art Museum, Funds from Mark and Polly Addison and Suzanne Farver, 1998.297)
Curated by the Museum's Director and Curator John D. O'Hern, the exhibition features works by artists from Russia, Germany, France, England, Canada, and the United States. There is a full-color catalogue available. O'Hern says in the catalog: "More galleries are featuring more representational artists and more museums are assembling group exhibitions than when we started six years ago. Things are looking up in the world of representational art."
The Museum revised its mission in 1992 to have a "primary focus" on representational art. Since that time it has staged the biennial exhibitions and has built its collection of contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculpture. It's efforts have earned the museum a reputation as a leading force in contemporary realist art. (right: Rosemary Porter, Tulip, 1998, Polaroid Transfer/Iris Print, 10 x 13 5/8 inches (image), Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Barbara Singer Fine Art, Cambridge, MA)
This year's exhibition again illustrates the variety of work being produced today from Cynthia Knott's nearly Minimalist landscape to Jeanette Pasin Sloan's hyperrealistic still life. There are pears made of latex by Cynthia Chubbuck, use of high technology in the Iris/gicleé printing process by Rosemary Porter and Rob Evans, and the extraordinary wood carving and bronze casting of Grainger McKoy's birds. (left: Grainger McKoy, Green-winged Teal, 1981, basswood, glass, paint, 19 inches high, Collection of Tom and Marilyn Waggoner, Texas; right: Cynthia Knott, Threshold III,1998, oil, encaustic & metallic on canvas, 38 x 50 inches, Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY)
The Sponsor of the exhibition is Corning Incorporated Foundation. Its Patron is the Douglas G. Anderson - Leigh R. Evans Foundation. Its Benefactors are The Community Foundation of the Elmira-Corning Area, Inc.; Elmira Savings Bank FSB; F.M. Howell & Co., and The Woodcock Foundation. Additional support has been received from Mr. and Mrs. Reinhard P. Krause. (left: Steve Graber, Point Michelet, 1997, drawing on mylar engraving paper, 28 3/4 x 363/4 inches, Collection of Ken Spitzbard)
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