ABSTRACTION AND THE DREAMING: ABORIGINAL PAINTINGS FROM AUSTRALIA'S WESTERN DESERT (1971-PRESENT)
"Abstraction and the Dreaming" includes more than fifty artworks spanning the emergence of painting at an Aboriginal settlement called Papunya in the early 1970s to the present day. (Image to the left: "Untitled", 2008
by Makinti Napanangka
acrylic on Belgian linen
on loan from the Julie Harvey Collection of Aboriginal Art (c) Estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.)
TRANSCENDENCE: ABSTRACTION & SYMBOLISM IN THE AMERICAN WEST
This upcoming exhibition surveys artists from the NEHMA collection who have employed abstraction and symbolism over the last century to convey their experiences and interpretations of the American West. The exhibition will be on display beginning September 1st in the museum's Caine gallery.
(image to the left: "The Ninnekah", 1951
by Lee Mullican
oil on linen
Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Gift)
One of the highlights of the permanent collection is the installation Klompen, by the Seattle-based artist Trimpin. Klompen is a sound sculpture that includes 96 Dutch wooden clogs that connect to a computer by wires suspended from the ceiling. Placing a quarter in the token box electronically triggers mallets in the toes of the shoes. Trimpin is a contemporary artist who uses sound as a medium for sculpture and works between the genres of art, music and science. His influences include German cuckoo clocks, early electronic media and experimental composers. Bring plenty of quarters; Klompen plays 24 different compositions!
2007, mixed media; steel, plaster, and acrylic paint
Passacaglia was completed by the L.A. artist Ann Preston in 2007. The sculpture's name derives from a musical form related to dance. Like its name, the sculpture is composed of geometric forms- a dance of triangles that combine to become diamonds, transforming yet again into larger geometric units which expand into a counter rythm of contoured panels.