Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

Georgia Museum of Art to focus on scale

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will turn its focus to large-scale works in the exhibition “XL,” on view Sept. 13 to Nov. 16 in the Virginia and Alfred Kennedy and Philip Henry Alston Jr. Galleries.

Sarah Kate Gillespie, the new curator of American art, has selected works that date from the 1950s to the 21st century, a period marked by a concern with scale.

This exhibition features large contemporary paintings, prints and sculpture from both the museum’s permanent collection and long-term loans. Artists include Sandro Chia, Gregory Gillespie, Terry Winters and Jack Youngerman. Saul Baizerman’s sculpture “Day,” the companion to “Night,” which is on display at the Getty Center, in Los Angeles, will be on view, as will a work by Beverly Pepper, whose sculpture “Ascension” graces the quad in front of the museum.

The large-scale art is intended to provide an immersive experience for patrons to have an in-person encounter with a work of art, as large scale is less comprehensible when reproduced in a book or on a smartphone screen.

Associated events include 90 Carlton: Autumn, the museum’s quarterly reception, Oct. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event is $5 or free for members.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency-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 or call 706-542-4662.