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ART Kurt Vonnegut and more, UK Art Museum
September 6, 2014
"Novelist Kurt Vonnegut made drawings throughout his life, and, like writers and musicians including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Norman Mailer, and Joni Mitchell, found that visual art offered him another outlet for creativity. This exhibition of silkscreen prints features portraits that are both comic and surreal, defined by bold lines and carefully placed areas of color. It was curated by art history graduate student Courtney Anich. The works were printed here in Lexington by Joe Petro III."Laurel Nakadate: Strangers & Relations "As children, we are told not to talk to strangers and, as photographers, that we should avoid putting our subject right in the middle of the composition. Laurel Nakadate does both, and her art is that much better for it. In photographs, videos, and films, she has used the people who’ve crossed her path—through happenstance or contacts made via the internet and social media—to create images that are surprising, confrontational, and unsettling." Take My Word For It "This exhibition brings together numerous text-based works, drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, which examine ways that artists use language to directly engage the viewer. Drawings, prints, and books by Clifford Amyx, Luis Camnitzer, Van Deren Coke, Wendy Ewald, Hans Haacke, Jenny Holtzer, Susan E. King, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Kay Rosen, Ed Ruscha, Tad Savinar, Pat Steir, Catherine Wagner, Kara Walker, and others, offer a range of language that is meant to be looked at, as well as read. Hand drawn or printed, and combining various fonts and degrees of legibility, the artworks address a range of subjects and conditions, from poetics to politics." All of the exhibits will be on display until December 23rd.