Aug 10 2021 to Dec 11 2021
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Glisten, Sam Gilliam

The artists included in Coloring reveal how color can offer a range of physical and conceptual links—to the human body, nature, science, and popular culture. 

Drawn from the Museum’s collection and including several loans from regional collectors, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints whose dominant characteristic is color. For some, the exhibition title Coloring might bring to mind the childhood process of filling in—or not—the predetermined areas of an activities book. For our purposes, the word recognizes the serious play of adults, whose uses of various colors have more complex implications and consequences. Artists include Joseph Albers, Ed Clark, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Sam Gilliam, Hans Hofmann, Ralph Humphrey, Scott Ingram, Alfred Jensen, Judith Rushin, Judith Scott, and many others. 

The exhibition is curated by Stuart Horodner with color consultants Bethany Collins, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Judy Ledgerwood. These artists have each exhibited at the Museum in recent years and have unique perspectives on color and its retinal and associative power. 

Image: Sam Gilliam, Glisten (detail), 1972, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the UK Art Museum, gift of Hugh C. Evans. 
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