Guest Lecture: Pepe Karmel

Guest Lecture: Pepe Karmel

LOCATION: WELLS FARGO AUDITORIUM

FEBRUARY 25 AT 6 P.M.

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THE LOUISE BERNSTEIN DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES - ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES: ABSTRACT ART IN THE BECHTLER COLLECTION FEATURING PEPE KARMEL

Examining artists from the Bechtler Collection such as Max Bill, Eduardo Chillida, Richard Paul Lohse, Pierre Soulages and Victor Vasarely, Pepe Karmel, Ph.D. will show how they are key players in the evolution of abstract art after World War II. Setting aside the conventional New York-centered narrative, Karmel will sketch the conversation among abstract artists in Paris, Zurich, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro and will discuss how the international art world of the 1950s and '60s anticipated the global art world of the present.

ABOUT PEPE KARMEL

Pepe Karmel teaches in the Department of Art History, New York University. His book, Picasso and the Invention of Cubism, was published by Yale University Press in 2003. He organized the 1989 exhibition, Robert Morris: Felt Works, at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and was co-curator, with Kirk Varnedoe, of the 1998 retrospective, Jackson Pollock, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2004, he organized The Age of Picasso: Gifts to American Museums, which was seen in Rome and in Santander, Spain. He was the curator of New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Collection, in 2008, and the co-curator, with Joachim Pissarro, of Conceptual Abstraction, seen at the Hunter College / Times Square Gallery in 2012. He has contributed to numerous other exhibition catalogs, and has written widely on modern and contemporary art for publications including Art in America and The New York Times. He is currently working on Abstract Art: Bodies, Landscapes, and Architectures, to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2018.  

TIME, TICKETS AND DETAILS

Alternative Histories: Abstract Art in the Bechtler Collection featuring Pepe Karmel will be held Saturday, February 25 at 6 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St., just behind the Bechtler). Tickets are $10 each. Buy tickets online, by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk.

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