This Wednesday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will be opening three new exhibitions.
The first is Silence. This exhibition consist of works that expresses the term “silence” as a means for the avant-garde, reaching both to new aesthetic territory and the discovery of fresh new ways to give forms to the intangible. The works are expected to come from a range iconic twentieth century artists including Rene Magritte and Robert Raushenberg. A new series of works from Christian Marclay will also be featured, as they are inspired and displayed with the silkscreens paintings of Andy Warhol’s Electric Chair series. In adjacent to this exhibition, there will also be a film screening of Sounds of Silence, presented in the PFA Theater, where filmmakers in the era of sound employ that are either literal or symbolic silence and variants for artistic, spiritual, or narrative purposes.
Next is Rudolf de Crignis/MATRIX 245. This exhibition features works by this Swiss-born artist, who while visiting Manhattan in the late 1970s, had become inspired by Minimalism, especially from artists such as Agnes Martin and Ad Reinhardt. De Crignis is known for his abstract paintings and drawings that are about color, light, and space. This exhibition features fourteen paintings and graphite works on paper, dating from 1991 to 2006 (the year the artist died). In the works, the colors of blue (in various shades including cobalt and royal) and gray are the stars, each creating an experiment of how far a hue or tone would be able to go.
Finally, there is Facing Two Directions: A Japanese Painter Looks to China. This exhibition is a pair of screens painted in ink, on a background of silver and gold by 18th century Japanese artist Sakaki Hyakusen. These screens both express the artist’s mastery of Chinese painting technique, while celebrating the past of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and focusing toward the future through the influence that would later shine of future artists such as Nanga painter Yosa Buson, whose screen Landscape with Travelers, will also be on view.
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