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Art museum opens new exhibitions Aug. 20 and 27

08/18/2009

Frank Stella “The Whale Watch, “1993, color lithograph, etching, aquatint and screenprint on handmade paper, 72 “ x 73”. (“Ring of Truth”)
The Miami University Art Museum honors Miami’s 200th year by showcasing more than 200 objects from its permanent collection. Organized into five thematic topics, each exhibition offers a different conceptual framework and a mixture of time periods, places of origin, materials and techniques. “Ring of Truth” opens Thursday, Aug. 20, and “Compositions in Black and White” opens Thursday, Aug. 27.

“Ring of Truth” investigates how “truth” has been represented and understood in visual terms, raising questions about perception, fact and certainty. The exhibition features more than 25 photographs, prints and paintings, including work by John James Audubon, Audrey Flack, Cindy Sherman, Victor Vasarely, George W. White and Margaret Bourke White.

“Compositions in Black and White” juxtaposes a multitude of objects—from Pueblo pottery and contemporary prints to sculptural reliefs and a 19th century dress—that share a color palette of black and white. Not just a formal comparison of objects and ideas, this exhibition investigates the symbolic, metaphoric and practical use of color and dynamic composition to convey meaning.

More than 55 works exhibited include selections from Leon Golub, Philip Morsberger, Julian Stanczak, Thom Shaw and Kara Walker.

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Julian Stanczak, “Light of Darkness”, 1960, oil on canvas, 53 3/4” x 63 ¾ (“Compositions in Black and White”)

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