Rocks, Paper, Memory:
Wendy Artin’s Watercolor Paintings of Ancient Sculptures
June 5–July 26, 2015
An American artist who lives in Rome, Wendy Artin has been working for over a decade on a series of watercolor paintings of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and related subjects. This exhibition will feature a selection of her paintings, not only images of ancient sculptures and landscapes but also contemporary life studies. The paintings will be set in dialogue with objects drawn from the Kelsey's collections, including works of Greek art inspired by Egyptian precedents and examples of the same figure types seen in Artin's work (such as Aphrodite rising from the sea).
Wendy Artin is one of a long line of artists who draw inspiration from antiquity. Indeed, this tradition has very ancient precedents, such as the Roman practice of making marble “copies” of famous Greek bronze statues. Artin’s visually stunning paintings offer fresh and arresting ways of looking at ancient sculptures and buildings.
Image: Wendy Artin, Phrygian Cap (Parthenon north frieze slab XXXVII), 2010, watercolor on cotton Khadi paper, 103 x 130 cm