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February Issue 2011

Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Works by Edward Rice

Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Edward Rice Paintings, curated by Paul Bright, on view in the Hanes Art Gallery, located in the Scales Fine Arts Center, on view through Feb. 6, 2011.

This exhibit features the precisely rendered paintings of architectural subjects for which the artist is known in the Southeastern US. The paint handling, scale and specificity of detail in these works give them a tremendous presence, but they are also about the limits of realism and painterly mimesis. Rice's work in this selection comprises painting that span a range of approaches, including the non-objective. All of them project a strong sense of the hieratic; symmetrical, formal and often regally aloof.

Rice, b.1953 is a past recipient of a South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts / Southern Arts Federation Regional Fellowship. His paintings have been included in exhibitions at Babcock Galleries, New York, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, Heath Gallery, Atlanta, among others. His work is included in the collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

"The architectural paintings of Edward Rice are carefully rendered evocations of place, born of close familiarity and intense study," says David Houston, Chief Curator, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA. "Informed by the continued absorption of outside influences, yet following his own self motivated path, Rice's work matured during the reemergence of a vigorous school of American realist painting. Although the development of the new realism made the critical climate more receptive to realist painting, Rice's anachronistic realism was largely untouched by the conceptual element of late modern art; it also lacked the irony, revivalism and media consciousness associated with Postmodernism."

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call Paul Bright at 336/758-5585 or e-mail at (brightpb@wfu.edu).

Editor's Note: We felt although the ending of this exhibit is very near, the show was still worthy to include.


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