Dixon exhibition collage Sheila gallagher plastic lila UNDER CONSTRUCTION 2018
Romare Bearden. Evening of the Gray Cat, 1982; Collage on board; Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, Gift of Bank of America. 2002.68.3. © 2019 Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, New York. and Sheila Gallagher. Ghost Orchid Plastic Nebula, 2018; Melted plastic on armature; Collection of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, Museum purchase with funds provided by Wells Fargo. 2018.48

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Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum

Jan 19, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020

Presented by: The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions

Organized by: The Mint Museum

Under Construction investigates the dynamic medium of collage. Although this artistic technique, in which materials are cut, torn, and layered to create new meanings and narratives, gained acclaim in the early twentieth century through the groundbreaking work of such artists as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Kurt Schwitters, and Jean Arp, it experienced a renaissance (particularly in America) after World War II. African American artist Romare Bearden is widely credited with rejuvenating and reinvigorating the technique. His work serves as the point of departure for this fascinating exhibition.

Featuring more than thirty international artists, Under Construction explores the growth of the collage technique and aesthetic in the work of Bearden and his colleagues from the 1950s to the present. It includes numerous works by Bearden, as well as examples by such notable artists as Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Sam Gilliam, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist. The impact of the collage aesthetic in the fields of painting, printmaking, photography, and assemblage work is considered as well.

Sponsored by: Preston Dorsett | Nancy and Steve Morrow | Gwen and Penn Owen | Chris and Dan Richards | Trish and Carl Ring | Barbara and Lewis Williamson | Ann M. Mullis