FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Approaching Infinity: The Richard Green
Collection of Meticulous Abstraction
On view at the Crocker Art Museum January 26 through May 5, 2013
Sacramento, Calif. – December 17, 2012 – By focusing on artists who have taken a meticulous approach to abstraction, Approaching Infinity explores notions of complexity, iteration, and time-based creation with objects rarely displayed in Sacramento. Featuring 44 works on canvas and paper from local collector Richard Green, the exhibition composes a history and introduction to emergent abstraction in the 21st century. The exhibition will be on view January 26 through May 5, 2013.
Abstract modes of painting, drawing, and sculpting were a constant throughout the 20th century, culminating by 1960. Approaching Infinity explores the next chapter of painting and drawing from 1969 to the present by highlighting artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Mark Tobey, John Cage, Stephen Antonakos, Bruce Conner, Ross Bleckner, and LA II. Such artists introduced a unique vision of the world through the use of dense patterns and recurring imagery and detail. The survey also includes works by the artists they, in turn, have inspired, among them Astrid Bowlby, Jacob el Hanani, Aric Obrosey, James Siena, Barbara Takenaga, and Daniel Zeller.
"What unites Richard Green's collection is his desire for dialogue between knowing and feeling the enormity of all existence," says Diana L. Daniels, curator of contemporary art at the Crocker Art Museum. "He has pointedly turned to artists who imagine and demonstrate for us the beauty of line, form, and shape, in their art as a means to expand and validate developments in a half-century of thought on our place in nature."
Approaching Infinity: The Richard Green Collection of Meticulous Abstraction will be accompanied by a catalogue with full-color reproductions written by Daniels, the exhibition's curator.
The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays. Every third Sunday of the month is "Pay What You Wish Sunday" sponsored by Western Health Advantage.