Danish artist Per Kirkeby exhibits at UMass Dartmouth Gallery Feb 9-March 14

The University Art Gallery at the Star Store Campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will feature an exhibition of monotypes, etchings and book covers by the Danish artist, Per Kirkeby from February 9 - March 14.

February 1, 2002 


The University Art Gallery at the Star Store Campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will feature an exhibition of monotypes, etchings and book covers by the Danish artist, Per Kirkeby from February 9 - March 14. 

Gallery curator, Lasse Antonsen, will give a slide presentation on the artist's career titled, Per Kirkeby: The Painter and His Shadow on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m.. An opening reception will follow from 3-5 p.m. 

The gallery is located in downtown New Bedford, on 715 Purchase Street. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m.; it is closed Sunday. All events are free and open to the public.

Per Kirkeby began his career as an artist in the Although interested in art from an early age, he decided not to attend the art academy in Copenhagen and instead pursued a career as a geologist. By the time he had written his dissertation and had participated in several expeditions in Greenland, he had also established himself as an important experimental artist. Working primarily as a painter, he from the beginning had an equally significant production in printmaking and sculpture, and soon expanded into filmmaking and theater. Kirkeby is also a prolific writer, who has published more than sixty collections of poetry, essays and books on art and artists. 

The exhibition at the University Art Gallery consists of fourteen large scale monotypes from 1993, and a presentation of Feldbuch, a collection of etchings from1994. Also on display is a selection of original lithographic book covers, spanning the years from 1987-1994. 

In describing the exhibition, Antonsen said: All the work presented is characteristic of Per Kirkeby's investigation of nature imagery within the context of abstraction and mark-making. Now in his early 60's, Kirkeby is of the same generation as the German artists Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Georg Baselitz; artists who all share a profound commitment to painting and believe it still is a challenging and significant means for the investigation of important subject matter. 

The catalog published in connection with the exhibition features color reproductions of the monotypes and etchings, and a selection of poems form the artist's 1994 collection, Now the Painters Rise. 

The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Cologne. Funding was provided by the UMass Dartmouth Student Senate and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Contact: Lasse B. Antonsen. 508.999.8555.


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