July 31, 2008 — "Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist" opens at the University of Virginia Art Museum on Aug. 15.
Born in Brooklyn in 1929, Gabriel Laderman is considered a founding father of post-modern figurative art. Four decades of Laderman's development as an artist working with still life, landscape and narrative are examined in this exhibition. One of the first painters to reject both the conventions of abstract expressionism and collage, Laderman emerged as a key figure in the development of new realism in the 1960s and 1970s. His essays in Artforum and ArtNews called for artists to develop a wide knowledge of pictorial traditions and incorporate them into their painting. Laderman's marriage of abstract structure and perceptual representation influenced such artists as William Bailey, Rackstraw Downes and Paula Rego.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will offer two events in September. An opening reception and curator's talk by Lincoln Perry and David Carbone will be held Friday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the museum. There is a small fee to non-members for this event. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Andrea Douglas, the museum's curator of collections and exhibits, will give a Lunchtime Talk at noon in the museum. This event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition is curated by David Carbone, Lincoln Perry and Langdon Quin and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Perry. It was co-organized and circulated by the U.Va. Art Museum and the Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire.
Both the exhibition and accompanying catalogue were made possible by generous gifts from the U.Va. Art Museum Volunteer Board, Allison and Donald Innes, Richard and Melissa Spurzem, Ruth Cross, Arts$ and an anonymous donor.