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"Virgil Marti Opens New Work"
2001-06-15 until 2001-09-02
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
A new site-specific work by the Philadelphia-based Virgil Marti will be on view at
the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, June 15 through September 2,2001. The exhibition is part
of the Morris Gallery program, the Museums ongoing series devoted to contemporary regional talent.
Marti, an artist of growing international acclaim, is known for his installations that explore cultural
dialogues between art and decoration, aesthetics and taste, with a wry sensibility and a sophisticated
Martis Morris Gallery installation will reference the Academys striking decorative program by
building architect Frank Furness, as well as its historic curatorial practice, through the use of dramatic
lighting, flocked wallpaper, and faux easel paintings. Organized by Chief Curator Sylvia Yount, this
exhibition marks the artists first solo museum effort. Marti will give an Art-at-Lunch talk about his
work in the Academys Hamilton Auditorium on Wednesday, June 20, at 12:15 p.m.
A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, Marti received his B.F.A. from Washington University (1984) and
his M.F.A from Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1990); he also attended the Skowhegan
School of Painting and Sculpture (1990). He has received many national honors, including a Pew
Fellowship in the Arts (1995); a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship (1997); and a Louis
Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1997). Martiís work has been featured in solo exhibitions at
White Columns, New York (1996); Thread Waxing Space, New York (1998); and Holly Solomon