Nothing in art is more powerful than color. From Matisse to Mark Rothko and Frank Stella, and onward to the huge Color Field canvases and pulsing neon sculptures of today, color as a means of expression is the keynote for this wildly exuberant show. Potent even to the point of being considered dangerous, it is the most exciting element of art, the strongest tool in the toolbox. “Color, above all, is a means of liberation,” Matisse declared.
The full range of color’s magic is on display in this exuberant show of over 100 works from the nineteenth century to this moment’s hottest talents. The roll call is a hit parade of art history’s most exciting names: Kandinsky, Motherwell, Warhol, Wolf Kahn, James Nares, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, David Hockney, and many more. It all begins with a monumental painting by Titian, considered the original champion of color in art, in a dramatic installation.
The grounds of the Nassau County Museum will never be the same after the installation of Marko Remec’s monumental and thrilling new works, commissioned for the Museum and sited by the artist himself: Field Totem and Tall Totem. Along the sinuous drive, rising and falling with the gentle contours of a pair of hills, the elegant Field Totem stretches like a diamond tennis bracelet over the landscape. The entrance of the main building receives a fanfare in brilliant mirrors soaring twenty-six feet into the sky with Tall Totem.
Remec is an internationally renowned figure in contemporary art whose recent triumphs with similar site-specific works have included immensely popular works at Mass MOCA and the Long House Reserve. A former investment banker turned sculptor, Remec is a graduate of Williams College. This is the first phase of a major program of new works planned for the grounds of the Museum, long renowned as one of the region’s most important collections of outdoor sculpture.
Wild Kingdom: Hunt Slonem and a Hundred Years of Animal ArtThis show, curated by Franklin Hill Perrell, is an adventure. Hunt Slonem is a darling of the style world and the foremost living artist who depicts birds, parrots, rabbits, monkeys, creating dazzling environments. From Picasso’s bullfights to Babar, art history is a veritable menagerie of lions, dogs, cats, horses and birds of all kinds.
An age of excess not just artistically but in so many ways (fashion, society, business, music), the Eighties is now recognized as a time of wildly creative energy. In one multi-media extravaganza, we revisit the East Village scene where Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Eric Fischl, Cindy Sherman, April Gornik, our own beloved Kenny Scharf, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andres Serrano, Robert Longo and, naturally, Andy Warhol were superstars.