Carbone Lecture to Explore Laderman’s Work



Feb. 11, 2009 – “Gabriel Laderman, an Unconventional Realist in an Age of Distraction,” will be the lecture given by David Carbone at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 19 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

The free lecture is being presented in conjunction with the “Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist” exhibition currently on display in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the River Campus. 

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. The “Gabriel Laderman: Unconventional Realist” exhibition will be on display at the Crisp Museum until March 15. This exhibition includes works from four decades. A catalogue accompanies this exhibition and will be available for purchase.

This lecture will show Gabriel Laderman’s development in post-abstract figuration. Laderman’s paintings will be seen in the context of previous generations and his contemporaries. Works by people whom he has influenced will also be shown. The lecture and exhibition contain adult themes and nudity, and may not be suitable for children.

“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.

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.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the Museum’s Web site at or call (573) 651-2260.