Transparent: Opening Reception

About this Event

Transparent: Peter Alexander. Subhankar Banerjee. Uta Barth. Thomas Joshua Cooper. Gloria Graham. Morris Louis. Robert Moskowitz. Fred Sandback. Kate Shepherd. Iain Stewart. James Turrell.

Opening Reception: Saturday 28 April 2012 from 5 - 7 pm
Please read more about this exhibition in our Art section.

image of uta barth's ground #78, 1997Lannan Foundation Gallery
28 April – 15 July 2012
Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm (weekends only)
309 Read Street, Santa Fe, NM
Tel. 505-954-5149

Transparent presents painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper spanning over fifty years from the Lannan Collection. Each artwork embodies an aspect of the word transparent, from transmitting light so that what lies beyond is seen clearly, or being fine or sheer enough to be seen through, to work that is free from pretense or deceit, or that seems to allow the passage of X-ray or ultraviolet light.

The various forms transparency takes are exemplified throughout the exhibition as in Morris Louis’s Veil series painting from 1954, in which thin layers of paint are applied to create a veil-like surface. In Peter Alexander’s 1968 untitled resin sculpture, light passes through the wedged tower, creating a similarly hued smoky shadow beyond. In Subhankar Banerjee’s Sky: Often I Look Up and Wish for Rain, 2009, one barely sees through clouds while in the photographs of Thomas Joshua Cooper and Iain Stewart it is fog that provides the filter. Conversely, the geometry of a form becomes clear in the sculptural relief work of Fred Sandback and the empty box paintings of Kate Shepherd. Robert Moskowitz’s grand 1972 painting Yellow Circle evokes a see-through layering of space similar to collage while James Turrell’s aquatints from his Deep Sky series radiate X-ray-like light from an undetectable source. The textures of Salt/Granite/Nickel by Gloria Graham are conveyed through layers of paper while the sparse photographs of Uta Barth capture light through domestic scenes of windows and draperies.

The work assembled for the exhibition Transparent is an homage to the practice of operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed, implying openness, communication, and accountability.

lease read more about this exhibition in our Art section.

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Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander (1939-2020) was an American artist of the Light and Space movement, known for his resin sculptures, LAX paintings, and his L.A. Riots series. Born in Los Angeles in 1939, Alexander...

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Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee was born in Berhampore, India in 1967. He spent his childhood there and received his bachelor’s degree in engineering. In 1990 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate...

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Uta Barth

Uta Barth is a photographer whose reductive and quiet images capture moments of observation of ordinary scenes. Like a glance frozen in time, Barth’s photographs hold the viewer’s gaze on what would...

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Thomas Joshua Cooper

“There are no birds, bugs or animals on the Polar Ice Shelf. Nothing you can see. Just the wind and the sound of ice cracking.”—Thomas Joshua Cooper Thomas Joshua Cooper has spent the last 20-plus...

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Gloria Graham

Gloria Graham is a New Mexico-based artist whose work is inspired by science, patterns of nature, time and social justice issues. Her many series include the drawings Molecules on Paper; the Gandhi...

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Morris Louis

Morris Louis was born in Baltimore in 1912 and graduated from the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts in 1932. But it was not until his Veil paintings were exhibited in 1959 that he received the acclaim...

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Robert Moskowitz

“In anything I do, I don’t want the viewer involved with how it was done. The curiosity about how it was made can come later. I just want the work to be another thing in the room which is discovered...

Robert Moskowitz full bio

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Fred Sandback

Delicate lines are seen in the work of Fred Sandback (1943–2003), whose minimalist sculptures outline planes and volumes in space by simply dissecting rooms with colored yarn. With discreetly affixed...

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Kate Shepherd

Kate Shepherd was born in New York City in 1961. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1982, intermittently studied color and composition at Atelier Lucio Loubet, in Paris and attending The...

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Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart is a Scottish photographer whose color landscape and seascape images adhere to a minimalist aesthetic. Ken Johnston of The New York Times wrote of Stewart’s work “... Minimalist...

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James Turrell

James Turrell is an American artist mainly concerned with spatial and natural effects. He was born in Los Angeles in 1943, and only later in graduate school did he pursue art, receiving an MFA from...

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