Richard Aldrich and the 19th Century French Painting at CAM, St. Louis
For his first solo museum exhibition, on view through May 1, 2011, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents nearly twenty of the Richard Aldrich’s large-scale works, produced over the last several years, that span abstraction, figuration, “object-paintings” and text-based canvases.
The paintings in this exhibition take over half of the Contemporary’s Main Galleries to showcase the startling breadth of Aldrich’s aesthetic investigations. In his most comprehensive installation to date, the amrican artist arranges his large canvases to reveal intricate relationships and persistent correspondence between the works. To amplify this focus on hidden connections among the works in his show, Aldrich has curated a complementary selection of early modern paintings from the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Exploring the communicative possibilities of different histories and gestures, the artist uncovers idiosyncratic works of art and unexpected juxtapositions, inviting Contemporary visitors to consider how a narrative develops from the process of looking. Presented as an exhibition-withinexhibition, he explores stories that might go untold but are present nonetheless, considering the life of an art object outside traditional contexts.
Top – Narrative with Syd Barrett, Robert Smithson, John Cale, Patty Waters, Daan Van Golden, Richard Aldrich and Can, 2008
Abstract Painting in a Series (#1 ‘circle/o’, 07), 2007
Three Layers: Text, Space, Gesture, 2009
Images courtesy of the artist and Bortolami Gallery, New York
COMING FROM MANY PLACES
an interview with Richard Aldrich (Mousse #18)