COVET: ART + OBJECTS
selected works presented at Art Miami and New York Ceramics Fair
December 4 - January 27, 2013
COVET ART + OBJECTS
An ongoing, long-term project involving contemporary artists who create new works in response to museum collections and historic material. The projects in COVET range from updates of subject or content; the recreation of an object using new technology; conceptual installations or "interventions" produced as collaborations with museums. Artists are currently engaged with curators and collections at multiple venues including Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; and Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.
SELECTED WORKS PRESENTED AT:
FERRIN GALLERY presents individual artworks created by various artists inspired by the COVET project
Christa Assad *
EXHIBITION PRESENTED AT FERRIN GALLERY:
COVET: Art + Objects | May 26 - September 2
Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA announces COVET, a series of exhibitions and programs presenting contemporary objects and fine art in all media including design, sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, prints, works on paper. COVET is based on contemporary artists creating new works in response to museum collections. COVET, the group exhibition of works in all media, will be presented at the gallery in Pittsfield, MA opening May 26 and running through September 2.
In addition to the exhibition taking place at Ferrin Gallery, COVET will be the theme for the 2012 ArtBerkshires summer program taking place in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, July 19 - August 5. Organized by ArtBerkshires, a collaboration between gallerists, Sienna Patti and Leslie Ferrin, the COVET program involves curated itineraries and behind the scenes tours of museums, studios and gallery shows related to the project. During the two weeks of programming, artists, curators and collectors are brought together at the galleries and through the tours, special talks and Dish + Dines.
COVET was originally inspired by conversations between Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator, Emily Zilber and designer/artists Molly Hatch and Chris Antemann about the direct relationship between contemporary artists and historic artworks in museum collections. Starting in summer of 2011, a formal dialog began between artists and the museum curators responsible for specific artworks or collections. The exhibition will present new artworks inspired by the curator/artist conversations about content, context, social history and patronage. In addition to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, artists have begun work referencing collections based at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA among others.
The projects in COVET range from simple updates of content by changing a cast of characters or details in a painting; the recreation of an object using new technology; and conceptual perspectives that focus on details drawn from the conversations with curators. For example, Molly Hatch began her dialog with curator Emily Zilber about the powerful John Singer Sargent family portrait of the Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882. The painting is prominently on view in the newly opened American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, positioned between the two large scale 19th century Japanese vases featured in the painting. Hatch will be producing new works that continue her interest in paintings from their collection that feature silhouetted ceramic forms.
CURATORS AND INSTITUTIONS TO DATE 05/01/2012
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen | Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts |The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Aprile Gallant | Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs | Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Lesley Herzberg | Collections Manager | Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Dean Lahikainen | Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art | Peabody Essex Museum | Salem, MA
Ethan Lasser | Chipstone Foundation | Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, WI
Cindi Strauss | Curatorr of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design | Museum of Fine Arts Houston | Houston, TX
Emily Zilber, | Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts | Museum of Fine Arts Boston | Boston, MA
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