Boston-based painter Maya Brodsky exhibits a powerful array of realist oil paintings that revere the past and offer tender glimpses into everyday life. Brodsky’s works, the largest being 14x11 inches, offer a striking contrast to the monumental scale seen in much of contemporary painting. Intimacy is achieved not only in the physical size of each work, but in the quiet moments she so beautifully renders—depictions of slumbering couples amidst tousled, wrinkled bedding as bright shards of light invade darkened rooms and cascade over sleeping faces. Brodsky approaches her chosen setting and subjects with a nostalgic eye. The moody interiors occupied by elderly relatives remind us of the inevitability of aging. Vacant rooms untouched by the passage of time and arranged with a lifetime of accumulated belongings echo the spirit of absent inhabitants. Through precisionist brushstrokes, the artist packs an astonishing amount of detailed imagery in small surface areas—from weathered patterned wallpaper to the folds of assorted colored blankets and to the friends and relatives she has chosen as subjects.
Looking Back Six Years - Part Two: Selected New Acquisitions
Throughout 2014, UMMA has celebrated the early developments and recent growth of the permanent collection. Looking Back Six Years - Part Two features painting, sculpture and original prints acquired since 2008, and highlights new emerging areas of the collection. Small-scale paintings are an evolving subset represented in works by Josh Dihle, Scott Conary, Emily Trenholm and Scott Daniel Ellison. Another recent area of focus includes wall-oriented sculptures, reflected in works by Jim Darling, Abe Ajay and Maine artist Bernard Langlais. Also of note is an assortment of contemporary artists whose work reflects an obsessive approach to artmaking. Viewers will likely be amazed by the meticulous detail and craftsmanship demonstrated in the works of Richard Haden, Lori Nix, Cayce Zavaglia (pictured above) and Frances Trombly. Also featured are significant recent acquisitions including Marc Chagall’s Le Magician de Paris II and Käthe Kollwitz’s Los Bruch (Out Break) from the Peasant’s War series.
Young Curators – Eight Scoops
Participants in UMMA’s innovative youth program Young Curators have curated a fresh treat for summer. Their enthusiastic selection brings together eight notable artists from the collection: Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Paul René Gauguin, David Hockney, René Magritte, Karl Schrag and Wayne Thiebaud. Initially chosen for their formal qualities, bold colors and expressive lines, these pieces deserve a second look. Whether it is the imaginative world of Chagall or the unexpected juxtapositions of Magritte, each work is a cause for contemplation. In the words of one young curator, “The subjects are recognizable but the approach is abstract.” An exploration of varied Modernist styles, Eight Scoops provides the viewer with a delicious taste of 20th century art.