Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center


06/22/13 - 10/20/13
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Artists often work with different kinds of media, even though they may be better known primarily for one mode of expression. Taking the museum’s installation of permanent collection sculpture in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden as a point of departure, this exhibition considers the creative drive to work in a variety of formats. Long before a bronze is cast, aluminum is welded, or steel is painted, artists may conceptualize their ideas in two dimensional formats, or work in smaller scales. A drawing might inform one’s sculptural practice as much as a monumental work might inspire an experiment in print. Donald Judd’s concrete giants were originally explored through woodcut prints. Dan Namingha, known for his abstract sculptures derived from Native American symbols, has long produced colorful, collage-inspired prints. Some artists, such as Henry Moore, fluidly move from mammoth to small scale working in bronze or on paper. The juxtaposition of sculpture alongside prints and drawings by Alberto Giacometti, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Arneson, and Willem de Kooning, among others, shows how working in multiple dimensions is a natural result of artistic curiosity and an exploratory inability to remain tethered to one distinct genre. By bringing art of varied physical formats in dialogue, this exhibition reveals the importance of play in creative practice and the never-ending pursuit of the new by modern and contemporary artists.

This exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum.