Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

George Woodman | Gallery 1

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 | 7:00 - 10:00pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 21 | 12 noon
March 2 – May 26, 2007

For several decades, George Woodman has been expanding upon existing artistic parameters through a painting practice that defies easy categorization. Whether figurative images derived from Louvre sculptures or depictions of intertwined geometric shapes, Woodman’s intellectual curiosity has pushed him to explore the boundaries of painting by continually going beyond genres. The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present the retrospective exhibition George Woodman: Paintings 1960 – 2000, on view from March 2 – May 26, 2007. An Opening Reception takes place Friday, March 2, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., and the artist presents a special Gallery Talk followed by a Catalogue Signing on Saturday, March 31, at 12:00 noon. The public is warmly invited to attend.

This overview of forty years of painting showcases both Woodman’s changing approaches and his formal continuities. The artist has created a widely divergent body of work that includes abstraction, figuration and geometric patterns, all anchored by the modernist tradition. Color, uninhibited and exuberant, features prominently throughout Woodman’s work, with colleague and friend Robert Berlind noting: “Color is approached as a chromatic keyboard upon which precisely calibrated harmonies are built. Also evident is the artist’s keen commitment to his art as it spans several decades, styles and mediums, all of which are on view for the first time together in this retrospective.

About the Artist
George Woodman’s roles in the art world have included educator, painter, mentor and photographer. For close to forty years, he taught painting and the philosophy of art at the University of Colorado. In addition to having been a Bemis Center Artist-in-Residence in, Woodman has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The artist’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). His work is also featured in the 1997 book Museum Pieces: The Photography of George Woodman with a forward by Max Kozloff. For nearly four decades, he has divided his time between the U.S. and Italy with his wife, ceramist Betty Woodman.

Visual Legacy by Michael J. Krainak, courtesy of City Weekly, March 12, 2007

Sponsors: Clark Creative Group, Duncan Family Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Omaha Steaks, Upstream Brewing Co.

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