Tuesday, December 22, 2009

UGA to exhibit New York paintings by professor emeritus James Herbert

The University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art presents an exhibition of paintings by James Herbert on view Friday, Jan. 8 through Wednesday Feb. 3 in Gallery 101 of the art school.The opening reception on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. is free and the public is invited to attend.

A world-renowned filmmaker and painter, Herbert has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minn. and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has won two Guggenheim Awards (one in painting and one in filmmaking), a Tiffany Foundation Award, A Gottlieb Foundation Award and three National Endowment for the Arts senior painting grants. Herbert taught painting and filmmaking as a distinguished research professor at the art school until he retired in 2006.

In mid-2006, Herbert moved to Brooklyn, New York to continue painting.The UGA exhibition is a selection from the 120 large-scale acrylic canvases completed by Herbert since that time.

“I’ve been painting for the last 3½ years in a studio in an industrial area of Brooklyn called Bushwick—among the wholesale importers, metalwork shops, razor wire and dust from five cement plants. A lot of artists have studios here and there are emerging galleries getting attention and lots of bands and young people,” Herbert said recently. “But it is the edgy, cluttered urban intensity that revises my feelings for painting—and the spectacular light, sometimes more like Italy than the gray city I expected. My new work does not illustrate or embrace these things but reflects them I think, at least in attitude or reaction.”

“We are delighted that our long-time distinguished faculty member, Jim Herbert, will premiere new paintings created in his New York studio,” said Georgia Strange, director of the art school. “Our dynamic community of artists in the school of art welcomes Herbert’s vital, energetic work.”

Gallery 101 is located on the first floor of the art school, which is located at 270 River Road on the UGA campus. For more information, see http://art.uga.edu.


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