Systems of Viewing

Systems of Viewing at the Western Gallery

Tuesday, July 2nd through Saturday, October 5th

  

 
 
Open to All at No Cost
Note: the exhibition will be closed from August 18 through September 25. It will re-open September 26 through October 5.

Exhibition history

“Modern art, involved as it is with abstract languages of form and with systems of viewing that are withdrawn from literal projections of reality, has been particularly dependent on the medium of drawing.” This observation by the art historian Rosalind Krauss lays the ground for her thorough 1976 essay on Western Gallery's American Works on Paper collection. Here she found quintessential works representing major movements of postwar American art, which allowed her to explore these systems of viewing and trace their changes. This exhibition follows and summarizes Krauss’ analyses. 

The collection American Works on Paper (1945-1975) was assembled in 1976 by the art collector Virginia Wright, with expert advice from the legendary art dealer Richard Bellamy. A group of seven museums, the Washington Art Consortium, was formed to maintain and exhibit the works but the collection was gifted to the Western Washington University in 2017, when the Consortium disbanded. The collection offers a survey of postwar American art through 97 works by 48 artists. A visionary art patron, Ms. Wright has also given Western many of the sculptures on campus and supported the acquisition of others.

Artists

Josef Albers, Richard Artschwager, Jo Baer, Willem de Kooning, Walter De Maria, Jim Dine, Dan Flavin, Philip Guston, Michael Heizer, Hans Hofmann, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, John Graham, Al Held, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Claes Oldenburg, Alfred Leslie, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Philip Pearlstein, Jackson Pollock, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell, Bruce Nauman, Barnett Newman, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Jules Olitski, Dan Christensen, Helen Frankenthaler,  Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Mark Rothko, Robert Ryman, George Segal, Richard Serra, David Smith, Frank Stella, Myron Stout, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol.

Gallery Hours

Summer hours July 1 - August 17: Monday through Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.

Outdoor sculpture open for viewing at all times.

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For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found on Western's Disability Resources website.

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