The Akron Art Museum is pleased to present three exhibitions this fall related to the art of landscapes. Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, an exhibition of over 50 impressionist paintings, is joined by complementary exhibitions Michelle Droll: Landslide Between a Rock and a Place and SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood. All three exhibitions open to the public on October 29, 2011.
Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism
October 29, 2011 – February 5, 2012
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism offers a broad survey of landscape painting as practiced by leading French artists from Gustave Courbet to Claude Monet and their most significant American followers including Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent. This exquisite exhibition of more than fifty paintings will include many of the finest examples of French and American impressionist landscapes from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum as well as American impressionist paintings from the Akron Art Museum.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase highlights from the Akron Art Museum’s collection of American impressionist paintings alongside French and American masterpieces from the Brooklyn Museum,” said Curator of Exhibitions Ellen Rudolph. “Featuring works from the 1850s through the 1920s, this exhibition allows us to present not only examples of high impressionism but also the wide range of stylistic developments in landscape painting that preceded and followed the impressionist movement. We will also explore some of the key cultural and historical trends centered on industrialization that influenced the development of impressionism.”
The breadth of works included in Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism tells the story of the development of French impressionism and its impact on American painting during a period when industrialization and technological advances were radically altering the face of the landscape, a phenomenon that artists responded to in highly personal ways. Artists forged strong relationships on both sides of the Atlantic through individual friendships, artist colonies and new artist groups, which afforded the artists a sense of community and belonging in a rapidly changing world.
The Akron Art Museum is the final venue for Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism. This dazzling exhibition has been on tour since 2007 and will return to the Brooklyn Museum after its presentation in Akron.
This exhibition has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Its presentation in Akron is made possible by a major gift from The Lehner Family Foundation.
Michelle Droll: Landslide
Between a Rock and a Place
October 29, 2011 – February 19, 2012
Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
Presenting landscape in a situation of self-survival, Michelle Droll’s Landslide Between a Rock and a Place will be on view October 29, 2011 – February 19, 2012, in the museum’s Judith Bear Isroff Gallery.
Kent area artist Michelle Droll uses paint scraps from her studio, Styrofoam and other recycled man-made materials to construct objects that represent landscape as both a physical and imaginary place. Droll will transform the Isroff gallery with a vibrant sculptural installation that brings landscape painting to life while at the same time referencing present-day environmental concerns.
Captivated by the idea of “building” a landscape painting out of the junk that’s found in the contemporary landscape, Droll questions, “What do we actually see when looking at landscape?” Droll states, “There are natural elements, but also the manmade environment. This is what inspired me to make my landscapes come alive by making them free-standing, three dimensional works. I love giving value to scraps that others would discard. When I combine all these scraps, I can transform them into something meaningful.”
This exhibition was organized by the Akron Art Museum and is supported by the museum’s Evelyne Shaffer Endowment for Exhibitions.
SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood
October 29, 2011 – March 4, 2012
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Featuring the works of Cleveland artists Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood, SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood will be on view October 29, 2011 – March 4, 2012, at the Akron Art Museum in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery.
Each artist utilizes the effects of atmospheric light in addition to outside light sources to create ephemeral moments in the landscape that give viewers the sense of discovering hidden worlds. Their inventive use of photography and light alters our perception of the landscape to reveal unseen aspects. Checefsky uses a flat-bed scanner as a field camera in his garden. Rather than placing an object on the scanner’s glass surface, he aims the scanner outward to capture images of flowers and foliage. His lush images appear to be traditional botanical studies or pastoral scenes except for the occasional scanning glitch, which blurs or distorts a part of the image.
Also an experimental filmmaker, Checefsky moves the scanner around the object he is recording so that the images have an animated quality to them. According to the artist, “They are not the frozen moment that photographs typically capture. Using a scanner feels truer to the way we see things; [the image] looks less photographic.”
Barry Underwood’s surreal photographs are a cross-pollination of static and performing art. By staging temporary light installations in the landscape, he seems to capture a secret happening—an unnatural moment in the natural world that he has chanced upon and recorded. His stunning images combining the effects of atmospheric light and his own light “interventions” spark questions about illusion, imagination and the artist’s process.
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