Friday, October 20, 2017
 

The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings

October 13, 2017

502 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62706
782-7386

TIME: 9am-4:30pm

PRICE: $5 adults; free to members, youth, seniors, military, veterans

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The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings from the 70's, 80's, 90's

When paintings are larger than life size, as opposed to the domestic intimacy generally found in small-scale works, they can dominate a space; they can be awe-inspiring, epic, imposing, and heroic or even evoke a sense of grandeur. These paintings are especially well-suited to the blank backdrops of large gallery walls. Drawn primarily from the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection, this exhibition is a look back at the variety of creative and innovative ways some of Illinois' finest painters employed large-scale painting during the last quarter of the 20th century.

The Big Picture presents a selection of paintings that explore some of the top stylistic and conceptual approaches to large-scale painting during these three decades featuring both abstract and figurative works. There is an enormous, eight-foot, cartoon-inspired painting by John Spear; a huge, photo-realistic painting  of the artist's studio by Kenneth Holder; and three of the largest paintings done by Chicago Imagists Ed Pashcke, Roger Brown, and Gladys Nillson. Rounding out the roster of artists selected for the exhibition are: Judith Geichman, Jim Lutes, Jerry Foley, Theodore Halkin, Michiko Itatani, Ellen Lanyon, Rosalyn Schwartz, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Ray Yoshida, Harold Gregor,  and Chuck Walker.

Curated by Robert Sill, Interim Director of Art and History, Illinois State Museum

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$5: Adults ages 19-64 

Free: Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans

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