Contemporary art exhibit opens at Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 17, 2014 

Radical Repetition, Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher

"Radical Repetition: from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation," shows through Aug. 17 at Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St. in Bellingham.

JORDAN D. SCHNITZER — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

"Radical Repetition: from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation," shows through Aug. 17 at Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St. in Bellingham.

Among the 140 works displayed by 34 artists is the 2009 work by Hung Liu, "The Last Dynasty: Countess."

"Radical Repetition" examines recurring imagery in art since the 1960, and includes pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Lavadour and Chuck Close.

This exhibition highlights both representational and abstract art, underscoring the innovative potential of repeating imagery for a wide range of artists and approaches to art making. People often associate the word "repetition" with boredom. But in the hands of master artists, repetition leads to unexpected pleasures - compelling and sometimes complex imagery, personal and social insights, and even humor.

Repeating forms exist in the natural world and have inspired artists from all cultures and periods. Recurring imagery provides continuity and balance to a composition, which in turn may lead viewers to experience harmony and a meditative mood.

Although the exhibition concentrates on prints, it also includes some extraordinary works in painting and sculpture that expand this theme.

Various special events take place through the run of the exhibit.

Details: 360-778.8930, whatcommuseum.org.

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