Alchemy and Inquiry: Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Terry Winters
April 03 - June 19, 2011
Alchemy & Inquiry underscores the sense of transformation and discovery that unites the work of Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, and Terry Winters, and situates their dynamic energy within the experience of nature. The intuitive joy and optimism that one feels walking through the garden is echoed throughout the three rooms of Glyndor Gallery. The paintings, drawings and prints on view invite extended and repeated looking; collected together in a single exhibition, they promise a sublime experience.
For these artists, making art involves immersion in natural history, science and alchemy, with inspiration ranging from arcane botanical illustrations to birding field guides and complex weather charts. Each has developed an individual approach, internalizing diverse cultural sources while skillfully synthesizing visual, cultural, literary and scientific ideas. Researching, culling and layering lead to work that is original, inspired and influential.
The word “alchemy” in the exhibition title alludes to transformation on many levels: chemical, magical and spiritual. Creative powers are summoned to transform common elements physically and metaphorically into substances of great value. With practices and insights that prefigure many important discoveries in biology, chemistry and physics, alchemy likewise fascinated and continues to fascinate poets and painters, serving as an allegory for the physical manifestation of immaterial spirit. This tradition unites the work of Winters, Tomaselli and Taaffe.
We extend grateful appreciation to Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli and Terry Winters for embracing the garden and landscape and creating new work for Wave Hill. Thanks are also due respectively to Gagosian Gallery, James Cohan Gallery and Matthew Marks Gallery.
Alchemy & Inquiry is organized by independent curator Raymond Foye and Wave Hill Senior Curator Jennifer McGregor.
Support for Wave Hill’s Visual Arts Program is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.