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"Sam Durant: MATRIX 147"
2002-05-18 until 2002-09-01
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Hartford, CT, USA United States of America

Los Angeles-based artist Sam Durant will have his first solo museum exhibition in MATRIX 147 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, May 18 – September 1, 2002. Inspired by postwar American history, and the tension between our social ideals, identity, and mythology with the persistence of racism and inequality, Durant creates startling, caustic associations—and collisions—between fine art and popular culture.

Recent works have referred to the four deaths at the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont in 1969; a Robert Smithson earthwork created on the Kent State University Campus in 1970, a few months before four students, protesting the war in Cambodia, were killed by the National Guard; and the hybrid origins of Southern rock melded with a sly meditation on Isamu Noguchi’s stage set for the Martha Graham-Aaron Copland ballet Appalachian Spring. Durant works in a variety of media, encompassing pencil drawing, sculpture, architecture, video, and sound, and usually unites several of these elements for each thematic installation. He will create a new work (information to come) for MATRIX 147. About the Artist: Born in 1961 in Seattle, Washington, and a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and the California Institute of the Art, Valencia, Sam Durant lives and works in Los Angeles.

His works are in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Berkeley Art Museum. An influential member of a generation of West Coast artists that have come into prominence in the last ten years, Durant has exhibited work in more than 50 group shows in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Scotland, and Sweden. He has had solo exhibitions in galleries in the United States as well as in Europe and Japan.


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