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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announces summer 2017 exhibitions
William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54.


ROCKLAND, ME.- The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland is celebrating its one-year anniversary in its stunning new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, with an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions and events.

Early Summer Exhibitions & Events
• William Wegman: Reel to Real, June 10 - October 22, 2017
• John Walker: From Seal Point, June 24 - October 29, 2017

Late Summer Exhibition & Events
• Linden Frederick: Night Stories, August 19 - November 5, 2017
• CMCA Summer Gala, Friday, August 18, 6:30-9pm
• Artist's reception, Friday, August 25, 5-8pm

Exhibitions opening in early summer 2017 showcase the work of artists William Wegman and John Walker.

On Friday evening, August 18, the CMCA Summer Gala will coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and fifteen of America’s most acclaimed fiction writers. An artist's reception, open to the public, will follow on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm.

SUMMER 2017 EXHIBITIONS
William Wegman: Reel to Real
June 10 – October 22

On view from June 10 through October 22, 2017, is the exhibition William Wegman: Reel to Real featuring videos and drawings from 1970-1978. An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created hundreds of short performance-oriented videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in earnest in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. Working concurrently with other early West Coast video artists as Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, Wegman perfected a deadpan humor and absurdist logic in his videos that came to define much of the West Coast conceptual art of this period.

It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray, who became an active participant in the early videos and an iconic presence in the artist’s career. “My background is in painting,” says Wegman, “but in school in the sixties, like many artists of that time, I believed that painting was dead. I began to work in collaboration with other artists in the creation of performance and installation works. Soon after, I started making video and photographic works and in the process became fascinated with the media itself. Before long I was setting things up just for the camera. In 1970, I got a dog and he turned out to be very interested in video and photography as well.”

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

John Walker: From Seal Point
June 24 – October 29

Featured in CMCA’s soaring Main Gallery throughout the 2017 season is the exhibition John Walker: From Seal Point, on view from June 24 through October 29, 2017. For more than two decades, artist John Walker has been painting the view from his property at Seal Point, Maine, and his tough, lush, muscular paintings from this place have been described as “existential images.” Seal Point is for Walker what Mont Saint Victoire was for Cezanne, a subject to be revisited time and again until, as the artist says, “one knows more about it than anyone else. That is what Seal Point is to me.”

For the first time, Walker’s most recent paintings of Seal Point are being exhibited together near their place of origin. The exhibition includes recent paintings and small works on paper created over the past five years and updates the exhibition, Looking Out to Sea, presented at Alexandre Gallery in New York City in 2015.

An esteemed figure in contemporary painting, Walker has been called “one of the standout abstract painters of the last fifty years” by The Boston Globe. And art critic John Yau writes, “He makes paintings that you can move around in, argue with, think about, and chew on.” From 1999 to 2014, Walker led the Graduate Program in Painting at Boston University, helping to make it known for excellence in painting at the graduate level. Prior to that he taught at Cooper Union and Yale University.

John Walker was born in 1939 in Birmingham, England, and studied at the Birmingham School of Art and at La Grande Chaumière in Paris. He has exhibited widely internationally, including representing England at the 1972 Venice Bienniale. He has lived full-time in South Bristol, Maine, since retiring from Boston University in 2014.

Linden Frederick: Night Stories
August 19 – November 5

Opening in conjunction with the CMCA Summer Gala on the evening of Friday, August 18, is the exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories, featuring fifteen new paintings by the artist created in collaboration with fifteen outstanding American writers.

The exhibition, Night Stories, and the accompanying book, have been eight years in the making. When artist Linden Frederick (Belfast, ME) realized a growing number of his collectors are novelists and screenwriters, he wondered what would happen if the writer-illustrator relationship were reversed: the painting first, then the writing. The result is Night Stories. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative.

Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010. Night Stories will be on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017.






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