GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore
November 29, 2013 – October 12, 2014
This exhibition underscores the significance of Grand Rapids’ annual ArtPrize event by presenting selected highlights from ArtPrize on a year-round basis. During ArtPrize 2013, GRAM’s curatorial team explored the entries on view and selected 15 works of art with strong resonances to other works in the museum’s collection. This year’s exhibition features works of art drawn from nine venues, and includes painting, drawing, watercolor, photography, sculpture, and textile art. GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore places these works of art throughout the Museum, in context beside closely related works in the Museum collection—encouraging guests to explore the connections between the works of art on view. “ArtPrize is a showcase of thousands of artists. It is designed to create a diversity of talent and experience from all who participate,” said Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize. “By curating some of the strongest works from ArtPrize 2013 into the Museum, the conversation and the influence of these artists can exist within our community and expand beyond the 19-day event.”
Encore is on view at GRAM from November 29, 2013, through the end of ArtPrize 2014 on October 12, 2014. Each work’s location is noted on the Museum map, signified in the galleries with the ArtPrize Encore logo, and accompanied by introductory text. GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore is the second annual Encore exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
List of Artists + Works of Art:
Rick Beerhorst, Folding the Sheet
Elizabeth Brandt, BodyMap
Sophia Collier, Plank of Water
Jason Gamrath, Botanical Exotica
Shea Hester-Haddad, Fluidity
Martha Hayden, Self Portrait
Thimgan Hayden, La Donna Incinta
David Huang, Luminous Relic
Sara Lowthian, Prescription Vanitas; Overconsumption and Life and Death
Armin Mersmann, Through the Iris
Osamu James Nakagawa, BANTA Series, Okinawa #1 and Saipan #2
Graham Nickson, View of Todi IV
Terrence Reese, Reflections – Paul Collins, Lois Mailou Jones, Gordon Parks
Bruce Riley, Sea Oleena
Alexis Rockman, Tropical Migrants
List of Venues:
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Women’s City Club
ALSO ON VIEW: The ArtPrize 2013 winning entry, Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore by Ann Loveless, is on view at the museum through the spring, as part of a separate six-month loan from Artprize. Three pieces drawn from ArtPrize 2012′s winning work, Elephants by Adonna Khare, are also included in this loan.
Rodin’s famous sculpture, “The Kiss”. On loan from the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss is now on view at GRAM! Visit the Museum to see this famous work in a new setting before it returns to the Gardens in early January 2014.
The sculpture was originally titled after its subjects, Paolo and Francesca, the ill-fated lovers from the fifth canto of Dante’s Inferno. When it was first exhibited, one enthusiastic critic referred to it as The Kiss, and that is how the sculpture has continued to be known to this day. The original bronze sculpture (almost three feet high) was replicated in bronze and marble, in both enlarged and reduced versions.
Born to a working-class family in Paris, Auguste Rodin struggled to obtain the international fame he would enjoy by the 1890s. Rugged, imperfect forms characterize his signature style of sculpting, radically different from the idealized figures seen in traditional sculpture. GRAM has contextualized The Kiss with sculptures and prints from the Museum collection by French artists from the 1880s to 1910s—including Rodin’s teacher, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse.
The Kiss, conceived 1880 (cast before 1914)
Bronze, 23.75 x 14.5 x 15.5 inches.
Frederik Meijer Gardens Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer
Photo © William J. Hebert.