International 2010 Archives
Alexis Rockman, A Fable for Tomorrow
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington (USA).
Alexis Rockman (b. 1962) has been depicting the natural world with virtuosity and wit for more than two decades. He was one of the first contemporary artists to build his career around exploring environmental issues, from evolutionary biology and genetic engineering to deforestation and climate change. His work expresses deep concerns about the world’s fragile ecosystems and the tension between nature and culture. These concerns are communicated through vivid, even apocalyptic, imagery. Rockman has garnered attention for embracing these issues, as well as for the epic quality of his projects, including several monumentally scaled canvases.
Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow is the first major survey of the artist's work and features 47 paintings and works on paper that trace his career from early works in the mid-
Exhibition November 19, 2010 -
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Alexis Rockman, Pond's Edge, 1986
Toughout his career, Rockman has developped subjects and themes in series. Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow marks the first time that key paintings from different projects are exhibited together, beginning with the lyrical Pond's Edge (1986), drawn from the artist's earliest series exploring the field of natural history, to The Reef (2009), part of his most recent body of work titled Half Life, which combines color-
The exhibition includes three large-
The exhibition is organized by Joanna Marsh, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art.