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December Issue 2010

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Features Two New Exhibitions

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, will present two new exhibits including: Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, in the Main Gallery and
J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars, in the Rotunda Galleries, both on view from Dec. 17, 2010 through Mar. 27, 2011.

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, offers an overview of modern and contemporary art and features significant 20th and 21st century artists such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Robert Motherwell. ?J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars, organized by the Gibbes, showcases the artist's arrestingly beautiful, large-scale aerial photographs that document environmental degradation caused by industrial processes.

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, features works of major artistic accomplishment from the permanent collection of the Ulrich Museum. The Ulrich built a collection of rare distinction with more than 7,000 modern and contemporary works of art, and Art of Our Time includes over forty objects culled from this collection that showcases the art of our time.

This exhibition explores the sweep of artmaking over the past 100 years from Robert Henri's 1917 painting Gregorita with the Santa Clara Bowl to Zhang Huan's photo-documentation of his 2000 performance Family Tree, from the expressive strokes of Robert Motherwell's 1976 Les Caves No. 2 to the digital animation of Jeremy Blake's 2001 video Mod Lang. In addition to paintings, photographs, and video, the collection includes sculptures, prints, and drawings that provide rich examples of such key artistic movements as early American modernism, abstract expressionism, pop, and minimalism.?Photography is a particular collection strength of the Ulrich Museum, and stunning prints by Diane Arbus, Eugne Atget, Edward Weston, Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith, and Nan Goldin will be on view. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Emprise Bank and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsors include the Joan S. Beren Foundation, Edward and Helen Healy, Harry Pollak and Richard D. Smith, and Sondra M. Langel. Support has also been provided by Jon and Kelly Callen, Mike and Dee Michaelis, Jayne S. Milburn, Christine F. Paulsen-Polk, and the Wichita State University Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.

The Gibbes exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the member auxiliary group Gibbes, etc., and Charleston magazine.

J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars features the large-scale aerial photographs of Charleston native, J. Henry Fair. Drawn to sites where the land and waterways have been drastically changed by the effects of mining or manufacturing of coal, petroleum, fertilizer, and paper pulp, Fair captures brilliantly colored, abstract images that are at once aesthetically pleasing and intellectually unsettling. The vibrant colors, rich textures, and intriguing patterns that Fair presents are often reminiscent of the canvases of non-objective, modernist painters. Yet in reality, Fair's images are more journalistic in nature, where content is not sacrificed for the sake of aesthetics.

Though Fair photographs sites all over the world, this exhibition highlights images that Fair has taken of industrial sites in the southeastern United States over the last five years, including recent images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Born and raised in Charleston, Fair adopted the camera as his medium at an early age. In 1980, he moved to New York and began a photography career becoming well-known for his portraits of musicians, singers, and other performers. His passion for conservation and the environment led Fair to co-found and direct the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, NY, in 1999. WCC is an environmental organization that houses, protects and propagates wolves, and educates the public about the world's many endangered wolf species.?Fair has spent the past decade focusing on his Industrial Scars project.?His first book, The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis will be released in 2011.

This exhibition is sponsored by U.S. Trust and Charleston magazine.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.? Located in Charleston's historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region's superb quality of life.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).


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