Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist Opening in Crisp Museum

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 15, 2009 — “Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist” will open Jan. 23 and be on display until March 15 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Jan. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Gabriel Laderman was a pioneer in the development of New Realism during the 1960s and 1970s. Laderman rejected the prevailing abstract expressionist conventions in favor of a perceptual approach that combined diverse historical sources with a disciplined structural vocabulary. This exhibition will include works from four decades. A catalogue accompanies this exhibition and will be available for purchase.

A free lecture, “Gabriel Laderman, an Unconventional Realist in an Age of Distraction,” will be given by David Carbone at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at the River Campus.

Carbone is associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Albany, State University of New York. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. He also spent a summer in Maine at the Skowhegan School, and later, earned his master of fine arts degree at Brooklyn College. Carbone has published criticism and essays on painters in Antaeus, Arts Magazine, Art and Antiques, and Modern Painters. He can occasionally be heard on National Public Radio.

“Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist” was jointly organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum and the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire. The exhibition and catalogue were made possible by generous gifts from Allison and Donald Innes, Ruth Cross, Richard and Melissa Spurzem, an anonymous donor, and the Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The Crisp Museum is located at Southeast Missouri State University River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Visit the Museum’s Web site www.semo.edu/museum/ to find out more or call (573) 651-2260.