EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE:
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was an innovative and influential artist, known for his unconventional lifestyle, personality and embrace of nature and a simpler way of life. Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise will explore the botanical world that the Post-Impressionist artist encountered during his life and global travels in the late 19th century. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience a selection of captivating images by the artist, alongside lush horticultural displays of some of the tropical plants that inspired him. Through its inventive point of entry to Gauguin’s life and work, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise returns the artist’s visions of a utopian paradise to the natural context in which they were created.
Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise is the third installment of the ongoing, popular Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series at Selby Gardens, which explores the rich connections between nature and the arts.
Dramatic woodcuts and other seldom seen works that Gauguin created on his journeys to French Polynesia, Brittany, Arles and Martinique will be on view. The exhibition will examine the artist’s romantic quest for a land that time forgot, his identification as a self-styled “savage,” as well as his own disillusionment upon reaching each “exotic” destination. Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise will also reveal how the artist both blended fine art and craft and also merged Western artistic traditions with the folklore of South Pacific cultures.
Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise is curated by Carol Ockman, Ph.D., Curator at Large for Selby Gardens and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Smith College Museum of Art
Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise receives support from Lead Sponsors the Amicus Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast Community Foundation as Lead Sponsor of the Gauguin Exhibit on all correspondence/publications), along with Major Sponsors Gerri Aaron, Maryann and James Armour, Better-Gro, BMO Private Bank, Ed and Betsy Cohen/Arête Foundation, Ernest R. Kretzmer, Keith and Linda Monda, Northern Trust and Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen. Supporting Sponsors are Bank of America, the Linnie E. Dalbeck Memorial Foundation, Dart Foundation, Drs. Andrew and Judith Economos, Marcy and Michael Klein, Katherine and Frank Martucci and The Woman’s Exchange. Additional sponsor support comes from Teri A Hansen, Maria and Allen Heise, Jennifer and Robert Rominiecki and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Carol Ockman, Ph.D. – Dr. Ockman is curator at large for Selby Gardens and Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College. She has dual specialties in French art of the late 18th and 19th centuries and contemporary art and culture. READ MORE…
Jennifer O. Rominiecki – Ms. Rominiecki has 20 years of varied and senior-level management experience at major, audience-drive and complex New York City cultural institutions. READ MORE…
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Performances in partnership with Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Orchestra have been planned in conjunction with the exhibition. In addition, family-themed events will be held monthly, along with after-hours celebrations, lectures and classes in painting, photography and horticultural display. A full schedule of events will be available later this year at www.selby.org.