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"Donald Sultan: In Still-Life Tradition"
2001-06-29 until 2001-09-09
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
An exhibition of works by artist Donald Sultan that focuses on what is
considered his most iconic work: the still life. Twenty paintings, each
measuring 8 square feet, survey Sultanís still life-themed masterpieces
from 1985 to the present. The black tar images of encrusted lemons,
dominos, blossoms and buttons signify a decade of painting when Sultan
stretched the concept of the medium far beyond the use of conventional
Rather than use a canvas, Sultan starts with vinyl tiles applied to a heavy
wooden-framed backing, then cuts and scrapes the forms into the vinyl,
filling in the cutout spaces with plaster or thick tar, sanding it down and
applying paint. In this way, he creates something monumental out of the
traditionally intimate still life.
Sultanís approach to his subject matter reaches back to some of the first
ideas about still life depiction in painting and provides a nearly perfect
statement about the possibilities of art from the 1980s onward. The
exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that includes text by David
Mamet, Carter Ratcliff and Steven Madoff, as well as color plates of all of
the paintings included in the show.
Tar, oil and plaster on linoleum over masonite
96 x 96 inches
Collection of Joseph Helman, NY