Thursday, September 6, 2012

COLLAGE AT 100 - Celebration of Collage at Cambridge School of Weston

My piece in the show.
The Thompson Gallery at The Cambridge School of Weston is pleased to present “Collage at 100,” a three-part exhibition series that celebrates the centennial of the appearance of collage in painting.
“Strange Glue: Traditional & Avant-Garde Collage,” the first show, will launch on Sept. 7, with an artist’s reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson Gallery within the Garthewaite Center for Science and Art, 45 Georgian Road, Weston, and run through Nov. 20.
The entire exhibit runs through June 16, 2013, and will highlight work from over 100 artists, including celebrated contemporary collage practitioner Michael Oatman in the final exhibition of the series.
“There have only been a handful of exhibits that have celebrated the collage’s centennial,” said Todd Bartel, Thompson Gallery director. “We received over 500 applications for this show, and I reviewed over 3,500 works of art.
“This exhibition is sure to be one of our most popular and densely concentrated shows. It is thrilling for our teaching gallery to take the pulse of contemporary collage after its inception 100 years ago.”
The first show assembles the work of more than 100 contemporary artists as it traces the transition from traditional to avant-garde approaches to papier collé.
The second part, “Strange Glue: Collage & Installation,” will showcase contemporary collage strategies that either border upon or require overt installation tactics. It will examine the work of 24 contemporary artists as it demonstrates the connections between the flatness of collage and the physicality of installation.
The second show will launch with an artist’s reception on Dec. 19, running through Feb. 22.
Michael Oatman’s “Another Fine Mess,” the final show in the exhibition, running from April 1 to June 16, 2013, assembles the work taken from his days as an emerging artist at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1980s through to his monumental “maximum collages,” a term he coined to refer to his installations, including work made specifically for “Another Fine Mess.”
In its first 100 years, collage has become ubiquitous within contemporary art and culture, and its myriad of applications have expanded its original definition to become the most inclusive of artistic processes.
The Thompson Gallery is a teaching gallery at The Cambridge School of Weston dedicated to exploring a single theme through three separate exhibitions, offering differing vantages of the selected topic, throughout the school year.
The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (school calendar applies) and by appointment. Go online ( to view exhibit art.

Read more: Celebration of collage at Cambridge School of Weston - Weston, MA - The Weston Town Crier

1 comment:

Jo Murray said...

That's an extraordinary piece Cecil. Congratulations.