Brian Michael Reed was invited to explore the collection of the Huntington Museum of Art and make a selection of objects that paralleled themes expressed in his work. His picks from the HMA collection include many luminaries in the field of modern art, including Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Chuck Close, Cy Twombly, Kiki Smith, Jim Dine, Richard Tuttle, and Keith Haring. Reed’s colorful works hold their own in the gallery, and are impressive in terms of both quality and scale. The largest of the works, “Lotus Memories,” which is based on reflective time spent viewing lotus ponds in China, spans a distance of over fifty feet in length. Reed will return to the museum in 2018 for a second part of the project, when he will install his work alongside the museum’s extensive collection of paintings from Haiti. [...]
Brian is a pictorial anthropologist; through his art, we share in the stories of a young West Virginia artist whose eyes have distilled meaningful experiences from around the globe into the art on exhibit at HMA. The stories in each collection of works contain a cross-cultural self-portrait, chronicling his quest to explore history, myth and the symbols that cultures create to understand the world and express themselves.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website