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Unity and Fragmentation: Selections from the Permanent Collection
March 29, 2013 - June 2, 2013
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Le Banquet, 1957, oil on canvas, by René Magritte, Belgian, 1898-1967. Bequest of William H. Alexander, in memory of his friend, Howard Hoyt Shiras, M.D. ©2013 C. Hercovici, London/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

This installation is primarily drawn from the Bowdoin collection and also includes important loans from the Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, and a private collection. The selection was prompted by the arrival of the major exhibition in the upstairs galleries, Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture. In his paintings since the 1960s, Per Kirkeby has shunned anecdotal subject matter. He instead investigated the ways in which formal attributes such as paint colors, textures, layers, and structural compositions imbue a painting with significance.

Similarly the works on view offer compelling comparisons of their formal qualities. Seen together, one painting de-stabilizes our presumptions about another.

After the Storm, Vinalhaven, 1938-1939, oil on Academy board, by Marsden Hartley, American, 1877–1943. Gift of Mrs. Charles Phillip Kuntz.