Georgia Museum of Art
University of Georgia
A Unique American Vision: The Paintings of Gregory Gillespie
The Georgia Museum of Art will host an exhibition of works by the American painter Gregory Gillespie entitled A Unique American Vision: The Paintings of Gregory Gillespie, from April 10 until May 30, 1999, in the Philip Henry Alston Jr. Gallery. A Unique American Vision includes 45 paintings from the collections of the artist, other museums, the Forum Gallery in New York City (the artist's representative throughout his 30-year career), and private collections.
Organized by Donald D. Keyes, curator of paintings, A Unique American Vision will be the second exhibition of Gillespie's work hosted by the Georgia Museum of Art. The first exhibition, held in 1970, featured new works by Gillespie when he was a rising contemporary American painter, but A Unique American Vision will survey his career from the 1960s to the present.
"Gillespie's paintings are particularly remarkable for their old-fashioned quality, which nevertheless grabs the viewer in a thoroughly modern way," says Keyes. "His images seem so comprehensible, yet they contain nothing concrete to explain their meaning. His subjects take you through your psyche and then beyond."
Gillespie's career is noted for a lifetime of self-portraits, which critics have compared to those of Rembrandt, the 17th-century Dutch master; they are particularly celebrated for their iconographic individualism, visionary subject matter and extraordinary craftmanship. The exhibition is divided into six sections: introduction, self-portraits, portraits, shrines and still lifes, landscapes and current imagery/unique vision.
After being shown at the Georgia Museum of Art, the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego-La Jolla, CA; the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; and the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH. Gillespie's works are also included in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Image above: Still Life/Squash & Rut, 1975, oil, 50 x 41 inches
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