What is contemporary art? A new exhibition on display in the Jonathan Abrams Art Gallery on the fifth floor of University of New Mexico hospital, is sure to spark lively debate on the subject. Entitled, “Contemporary Art: Good for the Heart,” and curated by Dr. Abrams from a collection co-owned with Fay Pfaelzer Abrams, the show runs until June 30.

A public reception will be held on Friday, June 18, 2010, from 4-6 PM in the gallery which is located on the fifth floor of the hospital’s ambulatory care center.

“A specific definition of contemporary art defies my grasp,” Abrams said. “A visit to the show provides the opportunity to view many types of art, all of which are ‘contemporary’ in nature.”

The exhibition includes work from such artists as as Larry Bell, Richard Hogan, Forest Moses, Miguel Gandert, Wayne Thiebaud, and Richard Serra. Contemporary art was first seen initially in the 60's in the works of many truly outstanding artists. Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, and many others were prolific and innovative contributors.

“New Mexico also plays a major role in this story,” said Abrams. “Agnes Martin, Susan Rothenberg, and Georgia O’Keeffe all lived and worked here; critically important women who advanced the art world in a sea of men!”

This exhibition displays works from the '60's until now. “For the most part, the line between the different older contemporary art and the "new art" is major,” said Abrams. “The new art that is now appearing in galleries and art magazines is mostly beyond my comprehension, it employs film, video, and much more?even robots!”

Gallery hours are 8-6, Monday through Friday. For more information, please call Chris Fenton at 272-09700, or by e-mail: cfenton@salud.unm. edu.

 


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