Art Exhibit: Peri Schwartz

Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery

Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, 6th Floor
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071

The department of art & design and University Galleries are pleased to announce that paintings, drawings and print creations by internationally-recognized artist Peri Schwartz are on display from Jan. 16 through Feb. 26, 2018, in a show split between the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery and the Curris Center Gallery. Free to all, the exhibition features Peri Schwartz’s works focused on composition and the interplay of color, light and space.

For the last decade, Schwartz's primary subject has been the interior of her own studio. One might expect this narrow subject matter to be limiting. On the contrary, the exercise has allowed Schwartz to uncover a seemingly boundless reserve of compositions, colors and surfaces. The history of each image is often visible in the traces of grid lines or the ghosts of objects she has decided to reposition. The viewer has a sense of observing the painting's progression in this way, as if working through the compositional puzzle along with the artist.

Process is paramount, and her paintings are more investigations or studies of an object than polished final products, giving the impression that the artist could pick up her brushes again at any time to adjust one. In turning her attention to her immediate surroundings, she employs the patient discipline of intensive visual study. Her introspective vignettes demonstrate the simple elegance of a cluster of jars, painting tools arranged on a table, well-used art books stacked on an industrial stool or sunlight reflecting on glass.

Reared in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of New York’s Queens borough, Schwartz currently lives and works in the southeastern city of New Rochelle, New York.

Schwartz’s work is included in the following collections:

  • Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France
  • British Museum, London, United Kingdom
  • Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Staatliche Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut 

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(IMAGE:  “Bottles & Jars XXXV”)Bottles & Jars XXXV

Friday, 19 January, 2018

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