“Abstraction x 3” at Gallery of Wisconsin Art – March 3 – April 28, 2018
Featuring both historic and contemporary perspectives on abstraction.
The GALLERY OF WISCONSIN ART will present three exhibitions – running concurrently – focusing on abstraction in painting and sculpture by Wisconsin artists – past and present. These special works are on exhibit March 3 – April 28, opening with a public reception on March 3, 4 – 7 pm.
The main gallery will showcase a fascinating, historical, and scholarly important exhibit. THREE GENERATIONS OF ABSTRACTION will highlight tour-de-force paintings of three of Wisconsin’s most important artists: Santos Zingale (1908 – 1999), Fred Berman (1926 – 2011), and Richard Lazzaro (1937 – present). Their art celebrates the imaginative freedom of abstraction developed during the 20th century; each creates innovative works applying aesthetic sensibilities evolving within their decade and beyond. Throughout their careers the three artists exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and are represented in numerous museums, private and corporate collections in the U. S. and abroad.
In conjunction with the painting exhibit is SCULPTURAL ABSTRACTION presenting the three-dimensional works of Bruce Breckenridge (retired UW Ceramics Professor), Artistotle Georgiades (current UW Sculpture professor) and Jerry Anderson. Their imaginative structures explore sculptural construction through free association in the pioneering spirit initiated by the non-traditional, radical artists of the 20th century.
The tall, complex, clay sculptures of Bruce Breckenridge use familiar objects, images, symbols and shapes organized into assembled, stacked forms that are colorfully painted with patterns, marks and images. Aristotle Georgiades utilizes common materials of discarded wood, architectural fragments and objects that he constructs into large, expressive sculptural metaphors. Objects created by Jerry Anderson take the form of furniture that are sculptural representations adorned with collaged or painted images and patterns denoting cultural and historical topics as “visual stories”.
A complimentary exhibit, CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT ARTISTS: THE FEMALE PERSPECTIVE, represents a diverse approach to today’s abstract work. Wisconsin’s most notable female abstract painters include: Claudette Lee-Roseland, Susan Bartfield, Gwen Granzow, Pamela Anderson, Kay Kitell, Melissa Dorn Richards, Virgi Driscoll, Deb Mortl and Susi Schuele.
About the Gallery of Wisconsin Art
The Gallery of Wisconsin Art (GOWA) opened June 2017 in West Bend, WI. The Gallery is the ONLY gallery in the state to promote artwork by early (1900-1950) Wisconsin historic artists, as well as contemporary and emerging WI artists – frequently juxtaposed in the same show. Exhibitions change bi-monthly in the 6500 sq. ft. contemporary space. A destination worth planning, grab a cup of java in the adjoining not-for-profit coffee shop. The Gallery is open Tue. – Sat., 10a – 5p, and by appointment. General public is invited, free admission, and abundant parking.