Arts Society & Culture

Exhibition featuring cityscapes on display at the Georgia Museum of Art this summer

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Ben Aronson's "Elevated Roadway" (2004) is part of the "Cityscapes" exhibition on display at the Georgia Museum of Art May 4 to June 30.

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host the exhibition “Cityscapes by Ben Aronson” from May 4 to June 30. The exhibition will showcase 17 paintings by American figurative painter Ben Aronson (b. 1958) that depict both architectural and pedestrian scenes.

Aronson captures fleeting moments and personal memories in his depictions of city life. His paintings feature interplay between light and dark colors, highlighting movement and energy in the compositions.

“Aronson’s energetic painterly style creates a balance between description and abstraction while also highlighting the observance of the underlying geometry of forms that make up the bustling city surroundings,” said Katherine Hefner, an intern in the department of American art and curator of the exhibition. Hefner said his painting style provides the viewer with a “characterization of the emotional temperament of the city.”

Aronson received his master of fine arts degree in painting from Boston University in 1982. He has received numerous awards throughout his career and has exhibited his works of art nationally and internationally. His expressive style was influenced by abstract artists in the Boston Expressionist School and Bay Area School such as Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Jack Levine, Franz Kline and his father, David Aronson.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).