American painter Terry Winters has expanded the concerns of abstract art, beginning with botanically inspired images and going on to explore biological processes and mathematical systems. Richly associative and visionary in scope, his art addresses the “interaction between information and imagination.” Printmaking has been central to Winters’s process-based practice since 1982, and he has created experimental, innovative works in the full range of print techniques, generating abundant reciprocal relationships to his paintings and drawings. Organized in collaboration with the Colby Museum, this exhibition at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München/Pinakothek der Moderne surveyed Winters prints 1999–2014 and was accompanied by a publication including every print Winters made since 1999, when the first volume of his print catalogue raisonné appeared. The exhibition traveled to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, and was on view from June 18–August 30, 2015.More »
No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States. Drawing together key works from public and private collections in America, Europe, and Asia, this exhibition of Zao’s works illustrates the encounter between Asian aesthetics and international art movements that came to define postwar abstract painting. His artistic practice and innovative methods reveal the dynamic cross-cultural circulation of ideas and images, and the role Zao played in the creation of a modernist aesthetic that was a truly pluralistic phenomenon.
No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is co-organized by Asia Society Museum, New York, and Colby College Museum of Art. The exhibition is cocurated by Dr. Melissa Walt, Research Associate, Colby College; Dr. Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, Colby College; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society.More »
This exhibition will explore Marsden Hartley’s complex, sometimes contradictory, and visually arresting relationship with his native state—from the lush Post-Impressionist inland landscapes with which he launched his career, to the later roughly rendered paintings of Maine’s rugged coastal terrain, its hardy inhabitants, and the magisterial Mount Katahdin.
Marsden Hartley’s Maine is co-organized with the Colby College Museum of Art, where the exhibition will be featured from July 8 through November 12, 2017.More »
One of the most acclaimed artists working today, Alex Katz (b. 1927) surprised the American art world during the 1950s with his refreshingly innovative approaches to painting portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. The first museum survey of these pathbreaking works, Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s showcases more than 70 key loans from public and private collections.More »
Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s is the largest museum exhibition to showcase Alex Katz’s (b. 1927) innovative portraits, landscapes and still lifes from this pioneering period. Organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, in close collaboration with Katz, this presentation explores the first decade of the artist’s career, a period characterized by fierce experimentation from which his signature brightly colored figurative paintings emerged.More »