Robert Davidson : Abstract Impulse

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Robert Davidson : Abstract Impulse

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Softcover. Size: 11 × 9 inches, 104 pages
Catalogue to accompany an exhibition curated by Barbara Brotherton and on view at: the Seattle Art Museum from November 16, 2013 to February 16, 2014; the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian from April 12, 2014 to September 28, 2014.

This catalogue features paintings, sculptures, and prints created since 2005, as well as key images from earlier in his career, that show Davidson’s impulse toward an elemental language of form.

These essays investigate the complex fusion of sources Davidson draws upon, placing the work in the larger context of contemporary art, and examines the ways in which the work mediates the dualities of tradition and innovation, the spheres of the community and the gallery, and the personal and the collective.

Davidson has taken new directions within the highly disciplined structure of the old Northwest Coast models—in wood sculpture, ceremonial arts, jewelry, and prints. Less known are his recent forays into abstraction, explored in boldly minimalist easel paintings, graphic work, and sculpture. Pared to essential lines, elemental shapes, and bold colors, these startlingly modern works insinuate themselves into a lifetime’s body of work which has usually been labeled as "traditional."

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