TULSA, OK.- Philbrook Museum of Art
will present Peggy Preheim: Little Black Book, an exhibition that explores the wide range of Preheims very delicate and intensely private work. The exhibition will open on May 17, and remain on view through July 26.
The survey, curated by The Aldrich Museum director Harry Philbrick, will include seventy-five drawings, paintings, sculptural objects, and photographs created between the years 1984 and 2007.
Best known for her exquisitely rendered pencil drawings on paperand occasionally on various international bank notesPeggy Preheim also creates figurative sculpture and photographs. Her meticulous sculptural assemblages often feature white clay figures and found objects, including furniture, doll's clothes, and Victorian glass. Her atmospheric black and white photographs are based on her sculptural work. At the core of Preheim's art is her drawing; small-scale, tightly rendered work that explores highly nuanced imagery related to memory, sexuality, aging, and the complex inner relationship of childhood to adulthood.
Of the title Preheim says, "I think Little Black Book can serve as a provocative and enigmatic summing up of the work in the exhibition. This concept can refer to many things: for me, it refers to the closing of one chapter and the opening of another; the acquisition of language; the "book" which appears in some of my allegorical drawings points to the Book of Revelations."
The Peggy Preheim: Little Black Book show will open in conjunction with an additional exhibition, From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci: A Century of Italian Drawings. This exhibition features 70 works from Madrids world famous Museo del Prado. The primary focus of each exhibition is the medium of drawing. Visitors will gain a unique opportunity to witness the versatility and interpretive power of this medium in the hands of artists from very distinct historical and cultural moments.
Born in Yankton, South Dakota, Peggy Preheim now lives and works in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She studied at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1981 to 1983. Preheim's work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, amongst others. Her recent solo exhibitions have been seen at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; g-module, Paris; and Works on Paper, Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include New Directions in American Drawing, The Columbus Museum, Georgia; traveling to Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, and Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; Does Size Matter?, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis; Through the looking glass, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich; Configured, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; Happy Birthday to Me, g-module; and Past Presence: Childhood and Memory, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria. Preheim is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.