LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — Starting this weekend, visitors of the University of Kentucky Art Museum will be seeing double as the museum opens "One + One," a permanent collection installation that brings together several artists who repeat signature motifs and or utilize techniques that establish distinct states of the same image with small changes to composition or densit. The exhibition, which runs Feb. 13 through May 29, is free and open to the public.
The artists' works in "One + One" question the notion of singularity and uniqueness in drawing, printmaking, sculpture and painting; questioning the motives and methods of repetition. Andy Warhol and Kentucky folk artist Edgar Tolson unapologetically produced their art for a market, affirming that art and commerce have long walked hand in hand. Doris Ulmann, Paul-Cesar Helleu and Sol Lewitt used different photographic and printmaking techniques or a variety of colored inks to alter the aesthetics of an image. Knox Martin produced closely related images in a series of lithographs, while Victor Hammer made two sketches of a leg with subtle variations in preparation for a painting.
For UK Art Museum lovers, the highlight of this installation will invariably be the pairing of two almost identical paintings by Julien Dupré, whose canvas, "In the Pasture" from 1883, has long been a favorite of visitors to the museum. An earlier painting by Dupré, "In Pasture" from 1882, has been borrowed from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, in order to create a wondrous compare and contrast scenario. The artist’s paintings of French agricultural life won even more praise from patrons in America than in his native France, and now the Bluegrass can see two of his masterful paintings of a young milkmaid attempting to pull a recalcitrant cow to a stake in the ground.
The UK Art Museum is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi Van Deursen at 859-257-8164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the UK Art Museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.