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4-30-2020

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Sit in front of the black-and-white television 50 years ago and you would see the summary of a momentous year--1969. From walking on the moon to Vietnam protests to the escalation of the civil and gay rights movements, many of the issues we continue to debate today have roots in the tumultuous 60's. That same year, New York City-based artist John Torreano's seminal work T.V. Bulge, 1969, was selected for the 1969 Whitney Annual. In 2019, this painting, along with a second painting made that same year, arrived at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Building on extensive interviews with Torreano himself, curator/collector Weston Naef, archival research, and curatorial files, this research follows Torreano's early response to the culture of self-discovery through the creation of abstract work with the individual viewer experience in mind. By examining the evolution of this individualistic artistic expression over a 50 year career through the eyes of this single artist, one finds these central ideas formed in the late 60's not only remained consistent through the artist's extension into new mediums and methods, but were foundational with traces of his early work in nearly all subsequent work. This talk highlights principal findings from this research and describes lessons learned from the curatorial experience, which culminated in a show at the Barrick Museum: Stars on the Ground: Works by John Torreano.

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

Considering 50 Years of Art through an Artist's Eyes: Interviews with a Septuagenarian Artist

Sit in front of the black-and-white television 50 years ago and you would see the summary of a momentous year--1969. From walking on the moon to Vietnam protests to the escalation of the civil and gay rights movements, many of the issues we continue to debate today have roots in the tumultuous 60's. That same year, New York City-based artist John Torreano's seminal work T.V. Bulge, 1969, was selected for the 1969 Whitney Annual. In 2019, this painting, along with a second painting made that same year, arrived at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Building on extensive interviews with Torreano himself, curator/collector Weston Naef, archival research, and curatorial files, this research follows Torreano's early response to the culture of self-discovery through the creation of abstract work with the individual viewer experience in mind. By examining the evolution of this individualistic artistic expression over a 50 year career through the eyes of this single artist, one finds these central ideas formed in the late 60's not only remained consistent through the artist's extension into new mediums and methods, but were foundational with traces of his early work in nearly all subsequent work. This talk highlights principal findings from this research and describes lessons learned from the curatorial experience, which culminated in a show at the Barrick Museum: Stars on the Ground: Works by John Torreano.