Cincinnati Art Museum presents Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati
Highlights of 20th century art from April 30-October 30
CINCINNATI –The Cincinnati Art
Museum presents Not inNew York: Carl
Solway and Cincinnati April 30 through October 30. The
exhibition explores many of the most compelling contemporary
artworks in the museum’s permanent collection that connect to Carl
Solway’s transformative influence on the Cincinnati arts scene.
About 50 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, prints,
drawings and multi-media, will be on display, some for the first time. The
exhibition will feature works by John Cage, Ann Hamilton, Nam June Paik, Andy
Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Judy Pfaff, Pat Steir,
Helen Frankenthaler and many others. Solway’s unique role in the museum’s
history is evidenced in these works, drawn solely from the permanent collection
of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition is
independently curated by the Cincinnati Art Museum and part of an ongoing
series examining the 140 years of development of the museum’s encyclopedic
collections of over 66,000 objects.
Solway’s generosity and relationships with artists, artmaking
processes, museums and the community indelibly raised Cincinnati’s place in 20th
century contemporary art discourse. Born in Chicago and raised in Cincinnati, Solway
is a publisher, donor, gallerist and most importantly, an educator. He played a
vital role in building contemporary art discourse and awareness in the Midwest
and beyond, including many public and private collections.
Away from the art centers of New York and Los Angeles,
Cincinnati became an influential place for late 20th century artists
not because of the size or heft of the market, but because of Solway and others
who created it. Solway and his former wife, Gail Forberg, opened Flair Gallery in
1962. It was later renamed the Carl Solway Gallery in 1970. For a period of
time Solway simultaneously operated his namesake gallery and the Not in New
York Gallery on West Fourth Street in Cincinnati, as well as shared space in
New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Not in New York brought the emerging Midwest
art scene to the attention of the art world, and in return brought leading
international artists to Cincinnati.
“The Cincinnati Art Museum is thrilled to recognize Carl
Solway’s contribution to the Art Museum’s collection. He has made his mark in
Cincinnati homes and the Art Museum’s permanent collection and has made a name
for himself as a leader in contemporary art collecting in the Midwest,” says
Kristin Spangenberg, Cincinnati Art Museum’s curator of prints. Spangenberg is
co-curating this exhibition along with Matt Distel, exhibitions director at The
Carnegie, Covington, KY.
Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati is solely
supported by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the generous sponsorship of community
partner Procter & Gamble Co., founded in Cincinnati in 1837. The exhibition will be on view in Galleries 103–105.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
About the Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and
businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the
Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth,
educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati
Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of
Cincinnati, as well as our members.
admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is always free. The museum is open
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed Monday.
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NOT IN NEW YORK SPECIAL EVENT
Art After Dark: Swingin’ with Solway
April 29, 2016, 5–9 PM
Travel back to the 1950s-1960s with an evening of swing dancing
and music in celebration of our new exhibition Not in New York: Carl Solway and
Cincinnati. Additional details will be announced via our website, Facebook
(Cincinnati Art Museum) and Twitter (@CincyArtMuseum, #artafterdarkcincy) by
April 1. Free admission. Reservations not required. Parking is $4. Free for Art
Museum Members. Cash bar and appetizers available for purchase. Learn more http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/artafterdark