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UMass Art Gallery: Exhibition

October 1, 2019 - October 25, 2019

The Herter Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is honored to inaugurate it’s 50th year on campus with Disruptions & Continuities: Recent Work by George Wardlaw. The significance of this exhibition is many-fold. While also tracing back to work made in the last six years, it presents George Wardlaw’s final series, Disruptions, in which he merges imagery from his previous work with Picasso’s paintings of women to confront the latter on his depictions and treatment of women.

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Erotic Dream 2019, acrylic on canvas

Wardlaw, who passed away on July 26th while preparing for this exhibition, worked indefatigably till the end, characteristically testing the boundaries of his own practice. He spent his final years thoughtfully revisiting the extensive visual vocabulary that he had built through a long and prolific career. Mining his own oeuvre, he layered the imagery through a cyclical and repetitive process of painting, photographing, and projecting, to excite and explore the tension between edge, surface, and form.

September 25th – October 25th, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 25th 5 – 7 p.m. Chair’s Welcome and Special Talk by Professor Karen Kurczynski, Hanlyn Davis, and Ron Michaud.
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Thursday, October 3rd 5-8 p.m.
Homecoming Weekend Walkthrough: October 25th 7 p.m. Please join us for a special walkthrough with George Wardlaw’s Studio Manager, Lori Friedman, and Studio Assistant and Collaborator, Kelsi Giguere.

Hours: Mon – Fri : 11A.M. – 4 P.M. and Sun: 1- 4 P.M. (closed Saturdays and state holidays). The gallery will be open till 8 PM on October 3rd and October 25th.

This exhibition was made possible with generous support from the UMass Arts Council and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.


October 1, 2019
October 25, 2019


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