Painter-writer Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe in Ulrich Project exhibit

3:10:52 PM CDT - Thursday, September 07, 2006

By Shannon Littlejohn

An artist known as widely for his books on art criticism as his own artwork, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe will show 15-20 works at an Ulrich Project series exhibit in September.

The British-born Gilbert-Rolfe lives and works out of Los Angeles.

"His work is all nonobjective abstract work, both on canvas and paper," said Kevin Mullins, exhibitions curator for the Ulrich Museum. "I've worked with him before; he's great, very intelligent."

The pieces included in the Ulrich exhibit will highlight the artist's exploration of the relationship between color and drawing, Mullins said.

"There's really no separation between painting and the act of drawing," said Mullins, "so the artist's hand is very evident."

Gilbert-Rolfe has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for his painting and critical writing, and Guggenheim fellowships for his painting, Mullins said.

The books, including such provocative titles as "Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime" and "Beyond Piety: Critical Essays on the Visual Arts 1986–1993," have become foundational references in the teaching of critical theory in visual arts.

The artist writes in "Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime": "It is particularly true in the late twentieth century, but always has been to a greater or lesser degree, that beauty is what serious people want to get beyond as quickly as possible when discussing works of art."

Gilbert-Rolfe also serves as chair of graduate studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., and is a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy in London.

For more information about the Ulrich exhibit, call (316) 978-3664 or e-mail ulrich@wichita.edu.

"Ulrich Project Series: Jeremy Gilbert Rolfe" will open at the Ulrich Museum of Art on Thursday, Sept. 21, with a slide talk by the artist at 4 p.m. in 210 McKnight, followed by a reception from 5-7 p.m. in the museum. The museum's galleries are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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