February 8 – March 23, 2018
The 2018 Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition features the work of internationally recognized artist Robert Kushner. Kushner (b. 1949) is an American painter known as a founder of the Pattern and Decoration art movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Kushner’s work combines organic representational elements with abstracted geometric forms in a way that is both decorative and modernist. Since the 1980s, he has used a full spectrum of color, gold, silver and patinated copper leaf to render the flowers and leaves which have become his signature motif. He says, “I never get tired of pursuing new ideas in the realm of ornamentation. Decoration, an abjectly pejorative dismissal for many, is a very big, somewhat defiant declaration for me.” Kushner draws from multiple influences, including Islamic and European textiles, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Ito Jakuchu, Qi Baishi and Wu Changshuo. His work has been included multiple times in the Whitney Biennial and the Venice Biennale. Public commissions include sites in New York City, Tokyo, California and Washington, DC, as well as an 80-foot marble mosaic in the new Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Kushner’s works are in prominent public collections including the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the National Gallery of Art; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Tate Gallery, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House; the Denver Art Museum; the Uffizi Gallery Museum, Florence, Italy; the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; Ludwig Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; and Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History. For further information, contact the gallery at 348-1891.