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September Issue 2010

College of Charleston Features Works by David Stern

The College of Charleston's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, located in The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts in Charleston, SC, is presenting the exhibit, David Stern: The American Years (1995-2008), on view through Oct. 8, 2010.

The exhibition is a comprehensive examination of painter, David Stern's work since his immigration to the United States in 1994. The show comprises of roughly 40 paintings and drawings by Stern, who was born (1956) and educated in Germany and who has lived in New York City since 1995. He attended art school in both Dortmund (1975-79) and Düsseldorf (1980-82) and has exhibited widely in the US and Germany.

Stern's work can now be found in public and private collections around the world. As Karen Wilkin (curator of this national traveling exhibition and primary author of the accompanying catalogue) has pointed out, "David Stern's history as an artist encapsulates, in many ways, the wholly modern notion of the 'artist without borders' whose work reflects the multivalent experience of an increasingly globalized world." His forceful and energetic canvases, covered in inches-thick layers of paint, convey the dizzying, exciting, and sometimes sinister experience of the modern metropolis. Stern has referred to himself as an "action painter," echoing the artistic legacies of New York School painters Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, yet his captivating human forms - by turns tragic, grotesque, and vulnerable - reach further back to histories of portraiture."

David Stern: The American Years (1995 ­ 2008) at the Halsey Institute sponsored in part by Elisabeth and Spencer Lynch, Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Morgan Keegan, The Yaschik/ Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Institute at 843/953-5680 or at (www.halsey.cofc.edu).

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