TUCSON, ARIZONA.- The Tucson Museum of Art presents Paint on Metal: Modern and Contemporary Explorations and Discoveries through May 1, 2005. This exhibition brings together modern and contemporary artists working with traditional painting and sculptural techniques, each with a common bond-the use of metal as the canvas or the form upon which color is applied in a symbiotic melding of surface and substrate.
Laurie J. Rufe, Executive Director, wrote: "On January 28, the Tucson Museum of Art opens Paint on Metal: Modern and Contemporary Explorations and Discoveries, a seminal exhibition developed by Julie Sasse, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the TMA. From pioneering artists like Joan Miró and Alexander Calder to a new legion of explorers like Patti Parsons and Don Nice, this exhibition offers insight into the various artistic investigations that merge the physical qualities of metal ground with painted surface. There are generative works that allow us to look at shifts in art history, examples that confront us with the realities of our world, and works that collapse paint onto metal, blurring what is painted and what is sculptural.
Paint on Metal fills our upper galleries with works by sixty-seven artists from America and Europe: Robert Arneson, Tony Berlant, John Chamberlain, Janet Fish, Nancy Graves, Harmony Hammond, David Kessler, Imi Knoebel, Olivier Mosset, Manual Neri, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Ryman, David Smith, Frank Stella, and Tom Wesselmann among them. My sincere thanks to the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Black River Press, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and our individual patrons for making this exhibition and its related programming possible.
The Tucson Seven Rides Again opens to the public on February 18, offering an invigorating look at the work of six of the seven original artists coined as the Tucson Seven: Harley Brown, Duane Bryers, Don Crowley, Tom Hill, Bob Kuhn, and Howard Terpning. Through early to recent works, this artistic journey provides a personal and professional look at each of these artists whose careers are distinguished, distinct, and intermingled. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Friends of Western Art, Harvey and Rica Spivak, (John K. and Aline Goodman), and our individual patrons."