June 15, 1997 - August 23, 1997
CCS Bard Galleries

“Landscape: The Pastoral to the Urban” examined changing notions of the landscape as an artistic theme and how this theme directly and indirectly continues to motivate artists and inspire experimentation. In the exhibition, landscape was viewed both in historical and cultural contexts and as a realm of existence often beyond the reach of cultural institutions. The landscape can be seen as an artifice or an artificially constructed thing, as an extension of the artist, that tells more about him or her than it does about the landscape the work alludes to. The works in the exhibition spanned a broad creative range from sharp depiction to expressive and romantic renderings and from parody to the meditative. “Landscape: the Pastoral to the Urban” included a wide variety of media dating from the 1960s to today, by Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Peter Cain, Vija Celmins, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Hannah Collins, Robert Cottingham, Jeanne Dunning, Richard Estes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Gunther Forg, April Gornik, Gary Hill, Mark Innerst, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, Richard Long, Robert Longo, Paul Myoda, Joan Nelson, Louise Nevelson, Jack Pierson, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Neil Welliver, and Chris Welsby. The exhibition was organized by the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum and was made possible through support from the Martin & Toni Sosnoff Foundation.


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