Friday, November 16, 2012

The Hall Art Foundation - Reading, Vermont

Southern Vermont's Lexington Farm, built by Elisha W. Watkins in the early 1800’s and operated as a dairy farm until the 1980's, is now home to The Hall Art Foundation, having been sensitively converted into a gallery space that will showcase masterworks from a private collection. The Foundation's inaugural installation will feature solo presentations of work by Georg Baselitz, A. R. Penck, Neil Jenney and Edward Burtynsky.

Georg Baselitz is one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, with a career spanning more than fifty years. He is possibly best known for his paintings of inverted figures, animals, landscapes and still-lives that emerged in 1969. Engaging these classic figurative motifs, Baselitz creates and/or displays work upside down in order to re-focus the viewer on the abstract qualities of his compositions rather than their representational ones.

A. R. Penck, born  in Dresden in 1939, is a prominent and influential German artist. Since the beginning of his career, Penck has pursued an intense interest in the relationship between individuals and society, and the political and social structures that govern them. While living in East Berlin he formulated the basis of his mature style in an environment where any art created outside the socialist realist mold could be called subversive and developed a painting style where abstract imagery could render political and existential realities legible.  

Born in 1945, American painter Neil Jenney has been a defiantly unique voice in contemporary painting for over forty years. He came to prominence in the mid-1970s with the emergence of what curator Marcia Tucker described as “Bad Painting”. Created between 1968 and 1970, Jenney’s "Bad Paintings" were developed in reaction to the minimalist, conceptual, and hyperrealist styles prominent at the time and presented a new and unique style of realism based on ideas rather than mimetic accuracy.

Edward Burtynsky, one of Canada's most respected photographers, achieved international recognition for his large-format color photographs of global industrial landscapes. Burtynsky's most famous photographs are sweeping landscape views where modern industrial activity has reshaped the surface of the land. Recently the subject of a show at the Hood Museum of Art, Burtynsky's images of the quarries of Vermont were explored within the context of the geological and social history of this area.

The Hall Art Foundation is open to the public by appointment only.

Please contact with the date and time of your desired visit.

551 VT Route 106, Reading, Vermont 05062

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