NY: Southampton

WHERE: NEW YORK: Southampton, Parrish Art Museum

WHEN: Through August 14, 2011.

TITLE: Dorothea Rockburne: In My Mind’s Eye

“Narcissus” oil on gessoed linen, 92 ½ x 123 x 6 ⅜ inches, by Dorothea Rockburne (1932 Canadian born), Private Collection, New York, © 2011 Dorothea Rockburne/Artists Rights

BRIEF ABOUT: Rockburne was born and raised in Montreal and she first studied at the city’s École des Beaux-Arts with Paris-trained painters Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle. Beginning in 1950, she attended the legendary Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina, where classes with Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and, perhaps most significantly, the mathematician Max Dehn, had a seminal influence on her work. With fellow students Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and John Chamberlain, she thrived in the unique cross-disciplinary curriculum at Black Mountain and brought this sense of exchange and collaboration when she moved to New York, working in dance and performance in renowned early pieces with Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and Carolee Schneemann, among many others. Rockburne’s work, with the use of materials such as cardboard, sheet metal, and crude oil, began to gain wide attention in New York in the 1960s; in 1971 she had her first solo exhibition at the famed Bykert Gallery. From this early minimalist vocabulary, Rockburne has expanded the discourse to include investigations of, among other themes, the Golden Section, the solar system, and the writings of Pascal—all seamlessly joined in an ongoing synthesis of rigorous intellect and ardent pursuit.

MORE DETAILS: Call 631.283.2118 or email: info@parrishart.org or see: www.parrishart.org.

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