BOSTON-BORN ARTIST R.H. QUAYTMAN FEATURED IN NEW PAINTING EXHIBITION AT THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON
NEW SERIES OF WORK INSPIRED BY ICA HISTORY OF PRESENTING "CONTEMPORARY"
Boston, Mass.—The 15th exhibition in the Institute of Contemporary Art's Momentum series features the Boston-born painter R.H. Quaytman in her first solo museum show and the first exhibition in the ICA’s new building to focus on painting. Drawing on her unique history with the ICA and Boston—her father, painter Harvey Quaytman, and stepfather, sculptor David von Schlegell, had their works exhibited at the ICA—Quaytman has mined ICA archives and her own family photographs to create her latest series of paintings. Momentum 15: R.H. Quaytman is on view at the ICA from Nov. 18, 2009 to March 28, 2010.
“R.H. Quaytman’s dazzling and rigorous painting is highly influential for an emerging generation of artists that is developing a new vocabulary for painting,” says ICA Director Jill Medvedow. “We are very proud to be exhibiting Quaytman’s work in our Momentum series, which identifies and presents art and artists who exemplify new directions in contemporary art.”
Incorporating optical abstractions, photographs, diamond dust layers, and trompe l’oeil elements, Quaytman's works invite the viewer in for a closer look. The artist develops paintings in series she calls “chapters,” each new chapter based on her personal research of the place where the work will be exhibited. Focused on the ICA’s history and mission to present what is “contemporary,” her new series is titled Exhibition Guide: Chapter 15 (all works 2009).
R. H. Quaytman was born in Boston in 1961 and currently lives and works in New York City. Recent group exhibitions include: Constructivismes, Galerie Almine Rech, Brussels (2009); Painting Now and Forever, Matthew Marks and Greene Naftali Galleries, New York (2008); The Man Whose Shoes Squeaked, Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles (2008); Denial is a River, Sculpture Center, New York (2006); Lódz Biennial, Lódz,Poland (2004); and Crossing the Line, Queens Museum of Art, New York (2001). Recent solo exhibitions were mounted by Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, and Vilma Gold Gallery, London (2008). Solo exhibitions are forthcoming in fall 2010 at the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Momentum 15 is Quaytman’s first solo museum exhibition.
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