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Bradbury Gallery hosts Judith K.
Brodsky and Larry Edwards of 'True Grit' exhibition
September 17, 2010
Bradbury Gallery invites the public
to meet two artists in whose work appears in the exhibition "True Grit"
Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The artists,
Judith K. Brodsky
and Larry Edwards, will discuss their work currently on exhibit at the
"True Grit" features the work of five American artists with
exceptionally long and productive careers who continue to make
thought-provoking work. Also included in the exhibition are Peter
Campus, Warrington Colescott and Lee Friedlander.
Brodsky's work is in the permanent collections of over 100 museums and
corporations such as the Library of Congress; the Victoria and Albert
Museum, London; the Stadtsmuseum, Berlin; the Grunwald Center for the
Graphic Arts, University of California at Los Angeles; the Rhode Island
School of Design Museum; the New Jersey State Museum; and the Fogg
Museum at Harvard. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of
Art, Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University,
where she majored in art history.
In her prints and drawings, Brodsky works with an early 21st century
iconography, reflecting the intellectual, political, and social issues
of our time as filtered through her own individuality. Her images of the
environment, women, and family become metaphors for her feelings about
life, decay, death, and possible salvation.
Very active in policy-making positions in the art world, Brodsky
presently serves on the boards of ArtPride/New Jersey, Jersey City
Museum, International Print Center New York, and the New York Foundation
for the Arts, as well as chairing the board of Philagrafika, a global
contemporary fine art print festival that took place in Philadelphia in
2010 at over 70 venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Print
Center, Moore College Art Galleries, Tyler School of Art galleries, and
University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Brodsky is also co-coordinator of the Feminist Art Project, a national
program to celebrate the contributions of Feminist artists to
contemporary art practice and co-principal investigator and co-director
of WAAND (Women Artists Archives National Directory). With a grant from
the Getty, Brodsky and her co-investigator, Dr. Ferris Olin, conducted
an online survey to locate the papers of American women artists active
since World War II. The end result of the project is the establishment
of a website directory for scholars and students to use. This survey and
website directory was planned is in conjunction with the formation of an
Archive of Women Artists at Rutgers University, another initiative of
Brodsky's and Olin's.
She is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Visual Arts
at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the Founding
Director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, renamed
the Brodsky Center in her honor in September 2006. The Brodsky Center
will have its 25th Anniversary exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art,
New York, in 2012.
Edwards received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of
Mississippi at Oxford and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of
Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. His work has been exhibited in
numerous locations throughout the United States such as the Alternative
Museum, Allan Frumpkin Gallery, and the Sherry French Gallery in New
York City, as well as the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina; the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art;
Madams Organ Art Cooperative in Washington, D.C.; the Arkansas Art Arts
Center in Little Rock and the Museum of Fine Arts in Oak Ridge,
Tennessee. He has received several grants including a fellowship from
the Penny McCall Foundation, Art Matters Inc. in New York and a
Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship.
Commenting on some of the work in "True Grit," Edwards said, "The "hellmouth"
was a favorite idea in medieval paintings and writings. I relate the
the "dark ages" to our own world. There is an element of
dark humor in much of my work." He continues, "What I observe is
uncomfortable. There are uncomfortable things in life in spite of what
we try to cover up. Hypocrisy, ignorance, complacency. If my work is a
reflection of what I see in life then it has to be uncomfortable. What
salvages it is humor, which I admit, may be sardonic and edgy, and the
materials-- the lush textures and colors are a way of easing the pain
for the viewer."
Edwards has lived and taught art at schools and universities in five
states. Since his retirement, he spends nearly every day working in his
studio, making wonderfully strange and sagacious work with the energy
and enthusiasm of a teenager.
"True Grit" was curated by
Les Christensen, director of the Bradbury
Gallery and John Salvest, professor of Art at Arkansas State University
and was previously on view at the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kansas,
from January 29 through April 18, 2010.
Bradbury Gallery hours are 12 noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition and the gallery talk are free and
open to the public. For additional information, contact the Bradbury
Gallery at (870) 972-2567.
Judith K. Brodsky
"Stella by Starlight, 1999-2003"
From "The Memoir of an Assimilated Family" series
25 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist.
"Hellmouth No. 1, Imps and Sinners," 2006
Gouache, pastel, and ink on paper
30 x 22 inches
Courtesy of the artist.
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