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Barry McGee: April 6, 2013 - September 2, 2013
Barry McGee began exhibiting his art in the late 1980s, not in a museum or gallery, but on his home streets of San Francisco. At that time the city was reeling from a lackluster economy and the scourge of the AIDS crisis, and citizens often took to the streets in protest and to raise awareness of societal woes. Inspired by this activism and the more politicized forms of protest graffiti and signage perpetrated by politically minded groups, as well as a tight-knit community of fellow taggers and the burgeoning hardcore music scene in San Francisco.
Jeffrey Gibson, Love Song: May 1, 2013 - July 14, 2013
Jeffrey Gibson's paintings and sculptures deftly combine geometric abstract painting with the traditional craft materials of his Native American heritage. His recent paintings are composed on stretched animal hides, a luminous surface for paint. Gibson's provocative use of hide and abstraction relates both to indigenous culture and challenges the trajectory of modern art. Mixed media sculptures combine traditional craft with Op Art painting: drum heads - linked and suspended as a column - are painted with geometric patterns; a recycled army blanket is painted with related motifs and strung to a flag pole. Gibson has located in his work a compelling paradigm: that the categories between abstract painting histories and Native American visual histories and materials are not so very far apart, and that Gibson's own heritage and training might productively bridge the two.
Sarah Bapst, Katarina Burin, Mark Cooper, and Luther Price: May 1, 2012 - July 14, 2013
This exhibition presents work by Sarah Bapst, Katarina Burin, Mark Cooper, and Luther Price - the finalists for the James and Audrey Foster Prize, a biennial award recognizing artists of exceptional promise from Greater Boston. Selected for the innovation, conceptual strength, and skillful execution of their work, the finalists all share a confident artistic approach: a sign of breakthroughs to come.
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The Institute of Contemporary Art will have on display several captivating exhibitions over the spring and summer months, including a rich collection of