WRITER: NICK DELO
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release: June 4, 1999
Painting and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection
will be on view at the UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A selection of painting and sculpture
from the University of Iowa Museum of Arts permanent collection will
be on view in the museums North and East galleries Saturday, June 19
through Sunday, Aug. 22.
The exhibition will include both new additions to
the museums collection and works that have long been familiar to the
Jackson Pollocks "Mural," one of the
artists most celebrated paintings, will be the highlight of the exhibition.
"Mural," painted in 1943, was given to the museum by collector Peggy
Guggenheim. It will be reinstalled at the museum after being shown in New
York and London as part of a highly touted retrospective of Pollocks
works. One of the largest paintings in the show, "Mural" attracted
critical and audience notice at the exhibition's opening at the Museum of
Modern Art in New York.
Writing in the New York Times, critic Michael Kimmelman
called "Mural" "Pollocks first great painting, . . .
an enormous panorama of soft pink, yellow and turquoise mixed with black,
almost a Caribbean palette, which makes the swarm of compressed whorling shapes
seem to shimmer." And Robert Hughes wrote in Time that "The painting
is a frieze of Dionysiac energy."
Dennis Oppenheims sculpture, "Image Dissonance
(Coffee Cup)" (1988-1994), a new addition to the museums growing
collection of important sculpture, will also be on view, among many other
Stephen Prokopoff, director UI Museum of Art, said:
"This exhibition will be an exploration of our permanent collection,
a way to present patrons with familiar as well as unfamiliar work, with old
friends as well as new."
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon
to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in
UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at