Peter Williams Installation View Center Painting
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM BEYOND ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Beyond Abstract Expressionism at the Delaware Art Museum was one of the best exhibits I had seen in a long time. One does not think of Delaware, or even Wilmington, Delaware as a mover and shaker in the industry, but I was quite blown away. When I asked the girl at the front desk for a media pass, she shrugged and admitted she didn't know. Then she paused and said no. Rather than make things complicated I entered the museum and paid the twelve dollar entry fee.
Turning to the works, they had famous artists mixed with emerging makers. This I believe helped the exhibit. Not to say the new artists didn't have what it takes but they helped make the exhibit cohesive. It was fluid and hats off to the curator that hand-selected each piece.
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Judging this museum by their website would also be a mistake. Their website is a bit dated. The museum itself is gorgeous. I got a sense from their website that the museum would be dated with dated works. I was wrong. Instead I saw cutting edge works from room to room. The Delaware Art Museum is on fire.
Power house artists such as George Segal and his Swan Motel clearly makes a lasting impression on the exhibit. His conceptual art is what dreams are made of. Sharing many similarities with that of gallery owner and cool school artist Edward Kienholz, Segal has that same unique quality that makes him unstoppable. His work, "Holocaust Memorial," still gives me the chills to this day.
Before there was Basquiat, there was American-Cuban artist, Luis Cruz Azaceta. His works have a fine street art feel that is worth appreciating. He describes his allegoric work as "Apocalyptic Pop," a befitting name for renderings that explode on canvas.
SWAN MOTEL George Segal 1999
Delawarean artist Peter Williams has pushed the boundaries of making art in his current home. He admits that there is not that much happening in the art world of Delaware. He is an amputee, because of a car accident in college, who is drawn to the human figure and draws from this experience. His colors are quite vibrant and they have a way of pulling the viewer into his "narrative space." I will admit I was not familiar with his work but after this exhibit I will be his biggest advocate.
BY ARTCOWO PRESS TEAM 2019
SOURCE: MUSEUM EXHIBIT, Peter Williams bio; website
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