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Madison, WI
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800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
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Sanford Biggers

In the Studio


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Sanford Biggers
June 28 to September 22, 2019
Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries

Sanford Biggers
Sanford Biggers uses a wide range of media—including painting, sculpture, video, film, multicomponent installations, and performance—to encourage meaningful dialogue around narratives in American history. Works at the Chazen exhibition include sculpture from the BAM series, video installation, and textile collage featuring antique quilts.

For his BAM series Biggers draws from his varied collection of wooden African sculptures. He coats each figure with a layer of wax to obscure its individual identity before “sculpting” it at a firing range with gunshots. The figures are then cast anew in bronze and he renames each after a victim of brutality, imparting idiosyncrasy into the newly revitalized figures.

Biggers’s textile pieces encode his own symbolism into found antique quilts. The past and present commingle in a collaboration between Biggers and the often-unknown quilters.

Sanford Biggers was organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director. The exhibition and catalog are generously supported by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Dr. Daniel S. Berger, Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull, and Christy and Bill Gautreaux.

In the Studio
June 1 to August 11
Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries

Curated by the Chazen’s director Amy Gilman, this exhibition focuses attention on the artist’s studio, and the unique environments in which artists do their work. The objects on view are selected from across the museum’s collection, and draw connections and inevitable comparisons between artists of different times, cultures, and media. The purpose is not to “equalize” all artistic work, but instead to invite viewers to examine small details that reveal personalities, see how common studio practice (such as drawing from live models) has evolved (or not) over time, and expose for close examination the preliminary work that leads to the finished objects we most closely associate with art in a museum. Along the way are enduring friendships and rivalries, humor, angst, and a great deal of hard work. This is a collections-based exhibition, and as such, it, of course, reflects the Chazen Museum of Art’s growth, its strengths, and also contains some wonderful surprises.

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