Drawn to the Figure: Sigmund Abeles

Opens July 2

Posted: June 27, 2011
Source: Farrell Howe
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Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
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Sigmund Abeles, Asleep in Italy, 1977, lithograph. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Graf.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will kick off July with a wonderful exhibition featuring the work of Sigmund Abeles. Drawn to the Figure: Sigmund Abeles will open Saturday, July 2, 2011.

Sigmund Abeles, a nationally recognized master of figurative art who works fluidly and proficiently in the mediums of drawing, printmaking, bronze sculpture, pastel, and oil painting, came to Kalamazoo in the 1970s to work as a visiting artist at the invitation of Kirk Newman, then director of the KIA's art school. This exhibition celebrates his return to Kalamazoo as a visiting artist to teach in the Kirk Newman Art School from July 11 to 15. Although his work speaks for itself in a direct and powerful way, the exhibition is accompanied by Abeles's own words regarding his development as an artist, his artistic inspirations, and his thoughts on being an artist.

Drawn to the Figure will have 15 drawings and prints, some on loan from Abeles and some from the KIA's Permanent Collection. The exhibition also will include a self-portrait of Abeles from the personal collection of KIA Director James Bridenstine.

Sigmund Abeles was born 1934 in New York City and raised in South Carolina. He is an artist whose work deals with the expressive and psychological aspects of the human figure (and animals); an art focused on the entire life cycle. Drawing informs all his work. He works in pastels, oils, the graphic media, and sculpture. Currently, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, after 27 years of teaching, he is working full-time in his NYC and upstate New York studio. Recipient of numerous grants and awards, a National Academician; Abeles work is in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Philadelphia Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

For additional information and exhibition hours, visit the website, or call (269) 349-7775.

Images are available upon media request.