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Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature

June 07 - September 07, 2015
Glyndor Gallery

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015

Opening: June 7, 2–4:30 PM


As part of Seven Deadly Sins, a collaborative series of exhibitions being presented by  the seven arts institutions that comprise the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance. Wave Hill is exploring the concept of wrath as it relates to times of environmental uncertainty, with paintings and sculpture by artists who have a long-term interest in depicting cataclysmic forces. Exhibiting artists include  Diane Burko, Brian Adam Douglas, Angela Dufresne, Julie Heffernan, Amer Kobasilja, Kent Monkman, Tameka Norris, Brian Novatny, David Opdyke, Anne Peabody, Jon Rappleye and Alexis Rockman.

In the wake of more frequent tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, droughts and forest fires, the idea of a greater emotion. Faced with these uncontrollable forces, gardens like Wave Hill become sanctuaries.

This exhibition features contemporary artists who are concerned with “the wrath of nature.” The show will emphasize, though not exclusively, painterly depictions of natural disaster, often in an expressive tone or in an allegorical frame. Whether the selected artists focus on emotional states or respond to recent events, they explore the precariousness of the contemporary world.

We are exhibiting artists who have a long-term interest in picturing cataclysmic forces: Diane Burko, Brian Adam Douglas, Angela Dufresne, Julie Heffernan, Amer Kobaslija, Kent Monkman, Tameka Norris, Brian Novatny, David Opdyke, Anne Peabody, Jon Rappleye and Alexis Rockman. This exhibition also features public programs including artist talks, film screenings, wellness workshops and regular tours. 

Wrath–Force of Nature is part of a multi-institution presentation of the Seven Deadly Sins organized by the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance, each member museum will present an exhibition and programs exploring one particular sin. Our collaborators include the Aldrich Museum (sloth), Bruce Museum (pride), Hudson River Museum (envy), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (lust), Katonah Museum (gluttony), and Neuberger Museum (greed).  

View the press release for the exhibition here.

Pictured above: Diane Burko, Arctic Cyclone, August 2012 after NASA, 2013. 60” x 84.” Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Pictured above: Alexis Rockman, Property Line, 2008. Oil on paper. 71” x 51.5.” Courtesy of the artist and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen.

Pictured above: Anne Peabody, Wildfire, 2015. Copper, wood, glass. Courtesy of the artist.

Pictured above: David Opdyke, Secondary Growth Line Extension, 2014. Salvaged utility pole, wood, glass, steel, Styrofoam, paint, epoxy, cast urethane. 105” x 250” x 90.” Courtesy of Magnan Metz Gallery.

Pictured above: Amer Kobaslija, Riverscape with Landfill II, 2014. Oil on Mylar. 31” x 25.5.” Courtesy of George Adams Gallery.

Pictured above: Angela Dufresne, Lake Champlain Car Ferry, 2013. Oil on canvas 42” by 62.” Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery.

Pictured above: Brian Adam Douglas, The Center Cannot Hold, 2011. 72” x 72.” Cut paper on birch panel with UVA varnish. Courtesy of Collection Kelly Colasanti.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; 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 Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.