How do we differentiate styles in painting? How does the artist’s chosen medium — modelling in clay and cast in bronze, sculpted in marble, carved in wood, or painted on canvas — impact representation? Do all landscapes look alike? Are all faces painted from life portraits?
These are some of the questions viewers are invited to think about looking at the works presented in this exhibition. Objects possibly familiar to our visitors are brought into a new context by comparison with new acquisitions including works by Lisa Bartolozzi, a figurative realist painter; Dennis Beach, a sculptor who creates unique forms in wood that through the addition of color enter into the realm of abstract painting; Thomas Cornell, who looks back to the traditions of western art in imagining idealized landscapes populated by timeless figures, and by the Northwest coast carver, Barry Scow.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
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A stimulating and handy guide through the art maze, The Art Question is essential reading for anyone interested in art, philosophy or those who simply like looking at and thinking about pictures.