ArtBerkshires: COVET | Summer 2012
curated itineraries, events and exhibitions in the Berkshires
July 19 - August 17, 2012
COVET: Art + Objects | Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA | May 26 September 2
COVETed | Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA | July 20 August 9
ArtBerkshires | COVET | Summer 2012 | a series of curated events, lectures and exhibitions throughout the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts based on contemporary visual artists inspired by museum collections organized by Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti for ArtBerkshires to connect contemporary visual artists, curators, writers and collectors.
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ArtBerkshires announces COVET, a series of exhibitions and programs based on contemporary artists creating new works in response to museum collections and features works in all media including design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, prints, works on paper . COVET: Art + Objects and COVETed are related group exhibitions of works in all media presented at Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, May 26 - September 2 and Sienna Gallery in Lenox, July 19 August 9.
In addition to the gallery exhibitions, COVET is the theme for the 2012 ArtBerkshires summer program taking place in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, July 19 - August 17. Organized by ArtBerkshires, the two week COVET program includes gallery exhibitions, curated itineraries and behind-the-scenes tours of museums, studios and galleries related to the project to bring together artists, curators and collectors.
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. Artists have created work referencing artwork and collections based at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Frick Collection, New York, NY the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA among others.
According to gallery director, Leslie Ferrin, "one of the strongest trends in contemporary art today is the reinterpretation of history as presented through modern ideas. Through the COVET project, we are pleased to offer our exhibition and public programs as an opportunity to inspire the creation of new artwork while simultaneously forging new relationships between museum curators and contemporary artists."
The projects in COVET range widely depending on the artists' style of interpretation and include updates of content by changing a cast of characters or details in a painting; the recreation of objects using new technology; and conceptual perspectives that focus on details drawn from the objects or informed by their conversations with curators. COVET began with the dialog between Molly Hatch and 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 porcelain vases in the painting. The concept of the relationship between two and three dimensional works launched Hatch's current series that use prints and drawings drawn from various museum collections as source material for installations of multiple ceramic plates and silhouette paintings that join sculptures with works on paper. Directly referencing the 18th century imagery, Hatch explores and updates social relationships, fashion, architecture and garden design.
CURATORS AND INSTUTIONS TO DATE 07/01/2012
FERRIN GALLERY, established 1979, is nationally known as a contemporary gallery specializing in figural sculpture and studio ceramics. The gallery works closely with private collectors, institutions and the media as a source for works by both established and emerging artists. Located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, it is equidistant from New York City and Boston.
SIENNA GALLERY, established 1998, represents innovative artists using traditional and non-traditional materials who push and pull the boundaries of studio jewelry and adornment. In conjunction with the gallery, SGPress publishes monographs, catologues and books. The gallery is located in Lenox, Massachusetts, in the countryside of the Berkshire Hills. The Berkshires, known for their natural beauty and home to MASS MoCA and numerous other cultural institutions, have been an inspirational home to artists for generations.
ArtBerkshires, established 2010 is a project of Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti to create programming and provide information about contemporary visual arts in the Berkshires. Through curated itineraries, events and exhibitions, taking place at galleries, museums and venues, connections are made between artists, curators, collectors and writers. COVET is the theme for 2012, prior years focused on Modern Style and Studio Craft 2010, Decadence and Decay, 2011.
ArtBerkshires COVET programming is sponsored by Berkshire Visitors Bureau