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"WILLIAM BAZIOTES: THE POETIC SPIRIT"
2000-11-19 until 2001-01-07
Butler Institute of American Art
The exhibition will present a survey by one of the New York School’s most
enigmatic painters, William Baziotes (1912-1963). Perhaps no artist
associated with Abstract Expressionism had closer ties to Surrealism than
Baziotes whose painting career can be divided into two distinct periods—the
earlier, freer “automatic” approach and the more polished work of the 1950s
and 60s. William Baziotes’ genius as a painter is, in the final analysis, seen in
his attempt to illuminate with extraordinary craftsmanship the “phantoms”
which were pulled from his rich imagination.
The exhibition, organized by the
Butler Institute in association with Joseph Helman, includes twenty six works
and is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with entries by the artist’s
widow, Ethel Baziotes, Robert Reed Cole, Barbara Cavaliere, and by Butler
Director Dr. Louis Zona. Invitations to a November reception to highlight the
exhibition and to honor Ethel Baziotes will be mailed to Butler Members.