New exhibits Open
Posted: 7/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
The brooding landscapes and mystical still lifes of one of America's preeminent photographers will line the walls of Spiva's Main Gallery when the exhibit Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master opens Saturday, July 19.
Accompanying the Caponigro exhibit in the Main Gallery will be a Regional Gallery exhibit, Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects. It will feature prints, sculptures and collages that are a mix of conceptualism and surrealism. That exhibit runs through Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Caponigro exhibit will run through Sunday, Sept. 7.
Caponigro is among America's prominent 20th century black and white photographers. He is best known for his landscapes and for the mystical qualities of his work. Mystery infuses his images, whether of New England's dark woodlands, the brooding megaliths and Celtic stone crosses of Britain and Ireland, or Southwestern desert landscapes transfigured by the sun.
The Spiva exhibit will consist of 44 of Caponigro's key works, including Galaxy Apple, Running White Deer, and pieces from his megalith series. They come from the collection of J. Armin Rust, a Kansas City-area attorney who built a professional relationship with the photographer.
Rust will discuss his relationship with Caponigro and aspects of the photographer's work during a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Admission will be a $10 voluntary contribution.
Caponigro's first one-man exhibition took place at the George Eastman House in 1958. In the 1960s, he taught photography at Boston University, while served as a consultant with the Polaroid Corp. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and in 2001 was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.
His work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim, Whitney, Norton Simon Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibit, Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects, isn't exactly surrealist art. The works appear more as images plucked from a surreal world.
Au’s paintings, prints and sculpture address the shortcomings of contemporary society by mixing science and nature with industrial advancement. Purdum’s works are a combination of collage and drawing in which natural and man-made objects are arranged into “cabinets” that appear as collaged texture, linear wood grains, dripping planar furnishings, or mass-produced decor.
Au, a Cincinnati-based artist, is associate professor of printmaking at Miami University Middletown (Ohio). His work has been exhibited in Estonia, Bulgaria, Canada, Turkey, Iceland and Denmark, as well in exhibits at Loyola University, San Diego Art Institute, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and the Tinlark Gallery in Los Angeles, among other galleries.
The work of Purdum, also a native of Ohio, has been exhibited in Alpan Gallery at Huntington, N.Y., Katzen Center of American University at Washington, D.C., Youngstown (N.Y.) State University, and beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary Art at Birmingham, Ala. Her work has been published in “Drawings Essentials, a Guide to Drawing from Observation,” by Deborah Rockman.
Andrew Au and Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects is sponsored by Leggett & Platt Inc. and Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master is sponsored by Cardinal/Detecto Scale. Both exhibits are presented with financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.