Beyond Black Mountain: Irwin Kremen

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Beyond Black Mountain: Irwin Kremen

Sarah Schroth, Editor

The renowned artist Irwin Kremenís collages, paintings, and sculptures are composed from such diverse materials as scraps of weathered paper, wasp nests, saw blades, and steel. Irwin Kremen: Beyond Black Mountain (1966 to 2006) is the exhibition catalog accompanying a retrospective covering forty years of the artistís career. The work will be on display at Duke Universityís Nasher Museum of Art from March 22, 2007 through June 17, 2007. A longtime North Carolina resident and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Duke University, Kremen studied literature and writing with M. C. Richards at the legendary Black Mountain College in the mid-1940s. There he met John Cage, David Tutor, and Merce Cunningham, all of whom became close friends, artistic inspirations, and ardent supporters.

Kremen did not show his work publicly until a 1978 exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art featuring mostly small non-representational collages. In 1979 his works were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institutionís National Collection of Fine Arts, where they were received enthusiastically; the Washington Star heralded him as ďan American master of collageĒ on the level of ďRobert Motherwell, Anne Ryan, and Romare Bearden.Ē Since then, Kremenís work has been shown in nearly thirty shows in the United States and abroad; favorably reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, Artforum International, the Chicago Tribune, and Art News; and acquired by museums and private collectors across the country.

The catalog includes full color illustrations of more than 100 of Kremenís collages as well as twelve sculptures and three monumental pieces made over the past decade in collaboration with the Duke art professor William Noland.

Sarah Schroth is the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

72. pages (March 2007) 80 color plates, 25 b&w photos

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