Date: August 1998
Contact: Alice Fitzgerald
Paintings and sculpture by New York-based artist Tobi Kahn will be on display in the Colby College Museum of Art from August 12 to October 11. The exhibit, "Metamorphoses," will visit Colby as part of a national tour.
Organized by the Council For Creative Projects and curated by art historian Peter Selz, the exhibition features works done by Kahn from 1982 to the present. Kahn has been a featured artist in more than 20 solo shows and more than 80 museum and gallery group shows. He is known for breaking images--of landscapes, people, architecture--into their elemental parts, which gives his works a sense of timelessness and universality.
Kahn has said he hopes viewers will have individual, emotional reactions to his art, and that he's most interested in "the work that the more time you give it, the more you see in it. . . . If you give me five minutes, I have a chance of getting you for the rest of my life."
Of Kahn's landscapes, ARTNews said: "Landscape is the reference point of these abstractions, but it is a primordial landscape that Kahn evokes, a landscape stripped of detail, divorced from time and place, soaked in our collective memory. The paintings possess an eeriness that is at once compelling and unsettling."
"Metamorphoses," which includes several examples of what Kahn calls "sculptural shrines," is on a national tour of museums in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Connecticut, Texas and California as well as Waterville.
The museum's hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Running concurrently with the Kahn exhibition are "A Walk through the Paper Forest: The Latino Prints and Drawings from El Museo del Barrio" (August 24 to October 16) and "John Marin in Maine," an exhibit of paintings and watercolors by John Marin (through September 27). The museum also displays art from its collection in galleries including The Paul J. Schupf Gallery for the Art of Alex Katz. Call 207-872-3228 for more information.