NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today September 6, 2014 - August 15, 2015

Introduction

A thought-provoking exhibition of twenty-first century painting, sculpture, video and furnishings representing the newest abstract work from today’s best artists. NOW-ISM features international emerging stars like Sarah Cain, Diana Al-Hadid and Florian Meisenberg and established artists including Columbus’ own art star Ann Hamilton, Jim Hodges, Teresita Fernández, Jason Middlebrook, Carrie Moyer and Pia Fries. The show will include more than 100 works spanning all three floors of the space.

David Pagel writes, “In one weird, hyphenated word, NOW-ISM insists that the works in it are both of the moment—particular to the circumstances in which they were made and attuned to the digital phase of the Information Age as it hurtles us through the first decade and a half of the twenty-first century—and outside of time: unshackled by the constraints of context and the restrictions of history because, as works of art, they are fully present in the moment and available to be intimately engaged by innumerable viewers, over and over again, in perpetuity. The beauty of now is that it never grows old. Its biggest drawback is that it doesn’t last: Constantly slipping away, now never lets anyone rest with what happened yesterday. To attend to the works in this exhibition, you have to be on your toes, at the top of your game, attentive to details, alive to subtlety, and in touch with the peculiar poetry of visual experience.”

Excerpt “Now and Again” from the NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today catalogue. David Pagel is a curator, art critic and Chair of the Art Department at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

NOW-ISM is an exhibition that unfolds in stages with artist talks and events occurring throughout the season. On September 6, 2014, we will open with three floors of the building dedicated to painting, sculpture, and video. In February 2015 we will present an exhibition within an exhibition – a gallery dedicated to Tomory Dodge, with paintings, prints, and drawings.

Supported in part by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and city of Columbus.Sponsor_Logo_GCAC

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Press Release

Significant Exhibition of 21st Century Abstract Art to Open Pizzuti Collection’s New Season

September 6, 2014 Thru June 20, 2015

Columbus, Ohio (April 25, 2014) Pizzuti Collection announces two new partnerships and three exhibitions for the 2014 – 2015 season, building on the success of their inaugural year: NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today.

“The art and artists in these new exhibitions are remarkable for their ability to transcend age, race, country and medium,” said Pizzuti Collection Director and Curator Rebecca Ibel, “They challenge us, inspire us and enlighten us. I’m looking forward to the dialogue and exchange they will provoke.”

NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today (on view from September 6, 2014 – June 20, 2015) is a thought-provoking exhibition of twenty-first century painting, sculpture, video and furnishings representing the newest abstract work from today’s best artists. NOW-ISM features international emerging stars like Sarah Cain, Diana Al-Hadid and Florian Meisenberg and established artists including Columbus’ own art star Ann Hamilton, Jim Hodges, Teresita Fernández, Jason Middlebrook, Carrie Moyer and Pia Fries. The show will include more than 100 works spanning all three floors of the space.

Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art remarked, “The Pizzuti Collection is an extraordinary accomplishment and is the culmination of Ron and Ann’s long term commitment to contemporary art and discovering new artists. This singular collection, comprised of renowned masters and emerging talent, is a great gift to the local community and an exciting addition to the national and indeed international art landscape.”

Pizzuti Collection thanks the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the city of Columbus for their generous grant in support of the NOW-ISM exhibition.