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A Telling Impulse

January 9, 1987
Judith Stein

A writer and curator, studied at Barnard College, and has a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016). Her curatorial projects include Red Grooms, A Retrospective, for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The Figurative Fifties, New York School Figurative Expressionism, co-curated with Paul Schimmel. Her exhibition, I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin, traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1995, and earned a best catalogue award from AICA/USA. Her articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Art in America, Art News, and The New York Times Book Review, as well as on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Among her honors is a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; a Pew Fellowship for literary non-fiction; and a Lannan Foundation writing residency in Marfa, Texas.

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"Susan Chrysler White plumbs her own body and self-image for a compelling personal narrative."

January 9 – March 1, 1987
Narrative is what anybody has to say in any way about anything that can happen has happened will happen in any way. – Gertrude Stein
For my part, I don’t fiddle with the code of language. I accept it as a second nature which I don’t put into question. The code that I do attack is the second one, the code of narrative. . . I cut away fragments, cause them to retrograde, and use them for a new discourse. — Alain Robbe-Grillet
The telling impulse revealed in these seven artists’ works is a concern for narrative. Some of the artists show us what “can happen has happened will happen,” while others present only fragments of human experience that .engender “a new discourse.”
Paolo Colombo mines his Italian visual heritage for classical references that are commingled with natural and human forms in a group of delicately drawn works on paper. Susan Chrysler White plumbs her own body and self-image for a compelling personal narrative. Such dramatic visual and symbolic equivalences as amphora/woman and arteries/branches unfold across her large black and white drawings. Suzanne Horvitz views her work as a way of “thinking outloud about being a woman.” Horvitz explores the nature of eroticism, which for her is akin to a state of discomfort, exemplified by spike heels and metal talons. To these visualizations of female sexual power, Horvitz has recently added an ambiguous figurative element, part muse, part vamp. In a series of realistically rendered vignettes, Anda Dubinskis investigates the transitional world between sleeping and waking. Night thoughts and nocturnal city views are the material from which her tales evolve. Alexa Kleinbard’s recent paintings derive from the oral tradition of Eskimo folk tales. These darkly colored works on bark paper, like the dim winter light of the far North, are about people, animals, and spirits. Hollis Sigler writes the titles directly on her drawings and paintings, giving the viewer a clue toward unraveling the implied content. She may use the sources of classical literature, as in Medea, or tap the drama of everyday life. In Marilyn Keating’s sculpture, her domestic content is fitted out in domestic form as she wittily presses ordinary household objects into the service of an increased awareness of the horrors of spouse abuse. Keating also works with a variety of humorous alter egos, such as Sister Dewey Decimal, whose traveling shrine and gift shop is the subject of a recent work .
Judith Stein
Associate Curator and
Coordinator, Morris Gallery
Susan Chrysler White
Born Chico, California, 1954
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1977
President’s Fellowship in Art, University of California, Berkeley, 1977
Tyler School of Art in Rome, 1986 -1987, Assistant Professor
Regents Fellowship in Art, University of California at Davis, 1979-1980
Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award, 1982

Individual Exhibitions
1983, 1984 Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1984 Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Selected Group Exhibitions
1976 Women in Art, Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, 1976
1981 Selections 16, The Drawing Center New York, New York
1982 Susan Chrysler White and Sam Norgrand,, The Kling Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1883 Four Emerging Expressionists, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1983 Five Years of Fleisher Challenge Exhibitions, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Pennsylvania
1984 Untitled 1983, Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1984 Painting and Sculpture Today-1984, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana.
1986 Contemporary Philadelphia Painting, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Pennsylvania
1986 Works on Paper, Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Suzanne Reese Horvitz
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1939
Philadelphia College of Art, B.F.A., 1966
Philadelphia College of Art, M.A., 1972
Columbia University, New York, Doctorate in College Teaching/Fine Arts, 1977
Award for Painting, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1985-1986
Project Grant for Xerox Art, National Endowment for the Arts, 1984
Project Grant for Bookworks, National Endowment for the Arts 1980-1982
Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, 1983-1985, Co-director
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1980-1982, Instructor of Painting and Graphics

Selected Individual Exhibitions
1978,1980,1981,1983 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1978 Philadelphia Art Alliance
1980 A.B.F Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
1981 Asinelli Gallery, Bologna, Italy
1984, 1987 Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1985 Harbiye Sanat Galerisi Istanbul, Turkey
1987 Beeld and Aambeeld Gallery, Enschede, The Netherlands

Selected Group Exhibitions
1978 20 Philadelphia Artists, Civic Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1980 Quip, P.S 1, New York , New York, and Artspace, Los Angeles, California
1980 Speaking Volumes, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York
1981 Artists’ Books, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1981 Libres D’Artista, Metronom, Barcelona, Spain
1982 Installation Bookworks, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
1983 EIectra, Invitational Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
1984 American Bookworks in Print, Invitational International Bookfair Liber ’84 Barcelona, Spain
1985 Bookworks/Narrative Art, Neuberger Museum State University of New York. Purchase, New York
1986 Language and Art, Rosemont College Gallery, Rosemont, Pennsylvania

Marilyn Keating
Born Camden, New Jersey, 1952
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.F.A. in sculpture, 1974
Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1985

Individual Exhibitions
1979, 1980 Eric Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1982, 1985 Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Selected Group Exhibitions
1979 Opens Friday, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1981 Dog Show, Eric Makler Gallery, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania
1983 Celebration of New Jersey Artists, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey
1984 Ten Southern New Jersey Artists, Steadman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey
1986 Contemporary Arts: An Expanding View, Monmouth Museum of Art, Lincroft, New Jersey
1986 New Visions of the Family, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Anda Dubinskis
Born Bethesda, Maryland, 1952
Cooper Union. New York, B.F.A., 1974
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, M.FA., 1977
Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1986
Moore College of Art, 1985-1986, Instructor
Individual Exhibitions
1982 Maine State Council on the Arts Award, Augusta, Maine
1985 Recent Work, More Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Selected Group Exhibitions
1981 Peaceable Kingdom, Baton Rouge Museum, Louisiana
1981 Works on Paper, Steadman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey
1984 Two Views, Boland Hall, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1985 Urbanscape Portraits of the City, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986 Caldebeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine
1986 The Real World, More Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1986 Contemporary Philadelphia Painting, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Pennsylvania
1986 A Celebration of Pennsylvania’s Artists PCA Fellowship Recipients, Governor’s Residence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Alexa Kleinbard
Born Abington, Pennsylvania, 1952
Philadelphia College of Art, Pennsylvania, B.F.A. in sculpture, 1974
Whitaker Art Award, 1970
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Purchase Award
Fellowship Endowment Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, 1979, 1982
Fellowship, Massachusetts Council of the Arts, 1985-1986

Individual Exhibitions
1978 Eyes Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1979, 1980 Eric Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1980 Miami Dade Junior College, Miami, Florida
1981 Third Street Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Selected Group Exhibitions
1975 Young Talent Show, Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1978 Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1978 Outside New York, New Museum, New York, New York
1980 Material Pleasures, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Institute of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
1981 Eve Armon Gallery, New York, New York
1981 Figuretively Sculpting, P.S.1, New York, New York
1982 Small Works, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
1983 Jeffrey Fuller Gallery Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1983 Jim Morgan Memorial Show, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri
1983 Southern Fictions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas
1984-1985 Laughing to Keep from Crying, Dark Humor in the South, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, and Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, Louisiana
1986 A Sense of Place, Contemporary Southern Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota
1986 Florida Creates, Jacksonville Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Florida
Hollis Sigler
Born Gary Indiana, 1948
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, B.F.A., 1970
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.F.A., 1973

Selected Individual Exhibitions
1977, 1979, 1980, 1981 Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, New York
1982-1983 Dart Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1986 Hollis Sigler, Paintings, Drawings and Prints 1976-1986, Akron Art Museum, Ohio

Selected Group Exhibitions
1980 Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
1981 Seven Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, llinois
1981, 1981 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1982 Stroke/Line/Figure, Gimpel Fils, London, England
1982 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
1982 The Anxious Edge, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1982 New Drawing in America: Part 1, The Drawing Center, New York, New York
1982 Currents: The New Mannerism, Jacksonville Art Museum, Florida
19M Matthews Hamilton Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1984 Selections/Art Since 1945, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
1984 American Women Artists, Sydney Janis Gallery, New York, New York
1984 Domestic Tales, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
1985 States of War, Seattle Art Museum, Washington ton
1985 The 39th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Paolo Colombo
Born Turin, Italy, 1949
University of Rome, Italy, “Laurea di dottore,” summa cum laude in foreign languages and literature, 1975
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, graduate studies, 1976
Columbia University, New York, graduate studies, 1977
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, M.A., 1983
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, 1985 to present, Exhibitions Director

Selected Individual Exhibitions
1974 Galleria Mario Tazzoli, Milan, Italy
1975 Galleria Mara Chiaretti, Rome, Italy
1977 Special Project at P.S.1, New York, New York
1978 Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
1978 Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin, Italy
1979 Karen and Jean Bernier Gallery, Athens, Greece
1980 Galleria Massimo Minini, Milan, Italy
1980 Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, New York
1980 Gallery Loyse Oppenheim, Nyon, Switzerland
1983, 1986 Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Group Exhibitions
1977 Memory, C Space, New York, New York
1978 Chia, Colombo, Santoro, C Space, New York, New York
1979 Europa 79, Art of the Eighties, Stuttgart, West Germany
1981 Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, New York Aspects de I’Art d’Aujourdhui, Musee d’Art et d’Historie, Geneva, Switzerland
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