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Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy
Through Jun 14, 2020
Monda Galler

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui’s solo exhibition, Retainers of Anarchy (2017), is an amalgamation of martial arts characters and techniques woven together with threads of social and political realities of present-day Hong Kong. Presented as a non-linear counter narrative in the form of a twenty-five metre hand-drawn animation, Retainers of Anarchy offers an opportunity to reflect on notions of identity and nationhood using Hong Kong’s past and more recent surge of political unrest.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada.

Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Ringling Museum Endowment.

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax

Sponsor support was provided by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Herald Tribune Media Group.

Suffragists and Circus
Through June 12, 2020
Circus Museum

Discover the story of the women of circus who fought for their right to vote.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed
Dec 15, 2019 – Apr 26, 2020

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed offers an unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed is presented in partnership with the Estate of Syd Solomon and is accompanied by a 96-page publication with essays by former curator at The Ringling Michael Auping, George S. Bolge, Dr. Gail Levin, and Mike Solomon. The exhibition will include artworks from private collections and The Ringling’s permanent collection.

Support for this exhibition has been provided, in part, by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Ringling Museum Endowment.

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax

Sponsor support was provided by Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and Herald Tribune Media Group.

The Ringling Set to Open Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection
Nov. 10, 2019- Aug. 1, 2021
Searing Wing

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition of Abstract Expressionism, on view from Nov. 10, 2019, through Aug. 2, 2021. Drawing on the Museum’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, the exhibition titled Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection assembles more than 20 paintings and sculptures by European and American artists associated with Abstract Expressionism.

The exhibition will feature recent bequests to the museum from the collection of Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman: paintings by Joan Mitchell (American, 1925-1992) and Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991), as well as a monumental painting by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), a promised gift from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda.

As early as the 1940s, artists from this critical modern art movement sought to transform New York’s art scene with revolutionary approaches to the canvas: splattering, spilling, dabbing, washing and dripping paint. These innovative techniques rooted in deliberate yet spontaneous gestures of a brush or palette knife, along with emphasis on individuality and the subconscious as subject matter, affirmed and politicized the role art played in the evolution of postwar American society.

A local connection evolved as a number of artists working in abstraction traveled south to enjoy the warm climate and pursue various teaching and art residency opportunities. Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area became a second home to artists David Budd, John Chamberlain, Jimmy Ernst, Gabriel Kohn, Conrad Marca-Relli and Syd Solomon, all of whom were instrumental in establishing a vital art scene in the area while often opting to teach in the local community.

Ola Wlusek, the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, said: “Abstraction was a rebuttal to the representational and narrative art favored by directors, curators, critics and gallerists of the time. Today, the artists in the exhibition are celebrated for giving shape to a new art for a world emerging from war. The abstract expressionists’ considerable ingenuity and perseverance forged a path for generations of artists to follow.”

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