Art Gallery of Alberta

Jack Bush: A Garden of Colour

Jack Bush: A Garden of Colour
with Karen Wilkin


Wednesday, July 29, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre
$15/ $10 AGA Members
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Jack Bush’s radiant abstractions at once share the desiderata of Color Field painting and help define them. For Bush, like such peers as Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitski, colour was the carrier of emotion and meaning, but his work is distinguished by its peculiar (in the best sense of the word) animated quality. His idiosyncratic compositions were improvised from a variety of often unlikely stimuli – things that caught Bush’s eye and triggered invention. This dialogue with actuality was also informed by his knowledge of other art, but the most persistent source was Bush’s garden. This talk explores the complex stimuli that make Bush’s art so original and individual.

Karen Wilkin is a New York-based independent curator and critic specializing in 20th century modernism. Educated at Barnard College and Columbia University, she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship, to Rome. From 1971 through 1978, she was Chief Curator of the Edmonton Art Gallery, now the Art Gallery of Alberta. She is the author of monographs on Stuart Davis, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Isaac Witkin, Giorgio Morandi, and Hans Hofmann, and has organized exhibitions of the work of these artists internationally.

A contributor to the catalogue of the present Jack Bush retrospective, Wilkin has organized exhibitions of Bush’s works on paper and included him in her touring exhibition “Color as Field: American Painting 1950-1975,” in 2007-2008. She was editor and a contributor to the 1984 monograph “Jack Bush.” She is Contributing Editor for Art for the Hudson Review and a regular contributor to The New Criterion and the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Wilkin teaches in the MFA program of the New York Studio School.