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Weight of Air

Alexis Rockman: The Weight of Air

Alexis Rockman is well known for his intricately crafted and often surreal depictions of the relationship between nature and human culture. In the past two years, he has been creating an extraordinary new body of works on paper that reveals a depth of experimental process resulting in a unique mix of beauty, feelings of wonder and encroaching catastrophe. “Alexis Rockman: The Weight of Air” represents Rockman’s debut of a looser, flowing style, more concentrated on artfulness than representational prowess. This will be Rockman’s first solo museum show of works on paper and the first museum display of the artist’s latest works. It will present approximately 50 new pieces, each of which addresses dramatic changes in the worldwide climate, as well as representative pieces from his early career that will contextualize his current paintings. A full color catalogue will complement the show with essays by Rush, curator of the exhibition, as well as Helen Molesworth, curator of contemporary art at the Harvard University Art Museums.

The Henry and Lois Foster Gallery
May 8 - July 27, 2008

Image credit: Orange Waterspout, 18” x 24”, 2007, Collection of Steve and Tyra Abrams, Courtesy of  Leo Koenig, Inc., New York, NY.