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De Wain Valentine: Human Scale
From the late 1960s through the late 1970s, the Colorado-born but California-based artist De Wain Valentine made large-scale sculptures in polyester resin. Their simple shapes (discs, slabs, diamonds) belie the complex processes by which they were created, as Valentine had significant technical input into the chemical composition of the new material. Most measure between six and eight feet tall, allowing for an interaction between viewer and object on equal terms. Their subtle changes of coloration and variations in translucence allow one both to see through the sculptures and to contemplate their reflective surfaces, suggesting the artist's connections with his contemporaries Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman and James Turrell, who made use of light more explicitly in their work. Valentine's sculptures have recently been highlighted at the J. Paul Getty Museum as part of "Pacific Standard Time" and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in the exhibition "Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface," but he has not received a major solo museum show in some time, and never one on the East Coast outside of New York.
Due to the nature of this exhibition, the number of visitors in each gallery at a time will be limited. We ask that you be on your best behavior and do not run, jump or touch the art. Please be mindful of the fragility of these works as you enjoy them.
Also on view: "From Start to Finish: The Story of De Wain Valentine's Gray Column." This documentary tells the story, from conception to display at the Getty Center, of Valentine's resin sculpture, "Gray Column." The 30-minute film includes interviews with artists, conservators, scientists, collectors and historians and recounts the obstacles Valentine and the Getty Conservation Institute overcame to finally showcase the work as part of the Pacific Standard Time Initiative. (Alonzo and Vallye Dudley Gallery, September 8, 2012–January 27, 2013)
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|Where||Georgia Museum of Art 90 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602|
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The Georgia Museum of Art is a non-profit art museum that is a part of the University of Georgia. The museum's permanent collection features many paintings, drawings and decorative items, specifically a collection of American paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, American, European and Asian prints and drawings on paper from the 16th through 20th century, Southern decorative arts, Asian art and Italian Renaissance paintings. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum exhibits traveling works of art. It also offers kids programs and tours that are tailored to meet the specific interests of each group, as well as a museum shop that sells books, posters, stationery, jewelry, home decor, music, clothing and games. The museum is available to rent for special events and private parties.