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Paper Trail II

Paper Trail II: Passing Through Clouds

“Paper Trail II: Passing Through Clouds” is the second in a series of exhibitions in which artists integrate their own work with pieces they select from the museum’s works on paper collection. The project offers the rare opportunity to showcase samples from more than 2,000 works on paper owned by the Rose Art Museum. Margaret Evangeline curated the first artist exhibition in 2007. Odili Donald Odita will be the featured artist/curator for "Paper Trail II.”

Odita is a Nigerian-born artist best known for his abstract paintings. Critic Gregory Volk has written that Odita has earned a reputation for his colorful acrylic abstract paintings, in which slightly irregular bands, elongated triangles, stretched-out trapezoids and other off-kilter geometric forms extend horizontally across the support. While Odita's works have roots in patterned geometric abstraction, their choppy contours suggest both turbulence and organic growth. They also pull in hints of big landscapes, big skies, textile decorations and ‘traditional’ clothing from Odita's native Nigeria.”

The Herbert and Mildred Lee Gallery
May 8 - July 27, 2008

Image Credit: Odili Donald Odita, "Give Me Shelter," 2007, Acrylic latex wall paint, colored pigment on wall, 708.66 inches (1800 cm) length x 711.02 inches (1806 cm) width x 236.61 inches (601 cm) height, Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; with support of The International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo credit: Giovanni Pancino.