Alexis Rockman at the Smithsonian

December 14, 2010

Alumnus Alexis Rockman (BFA 1985 Fine Arts) is featured on the front cover of December’s Art in America, along with a 10-page interview in the magazine. Tracing his career over the past 25 years, the interview begins with Rockman’s childhood and goes on to discuss the idea of painting the un-photographable. The article is concurrent with his major retrospective exhibition, “Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow,” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, DC.

November’s Smithsonian Magazine also featured a profile of Rockman’s work, which examines the potential of environmental degradation while showcasing 19th-century landscape painting influences. Writer Cathleen McGuigan focuses on, “three epic murals that help define the painter’s trajectory anchor the SAAM show of 47 artworks”: Evolution (1992), “a bright and riotous primeval landscape”; Manifest Destiny (2004), a futuristic depiction of Brooklyn; and South (2008), inspired by a trip to Antarctica. “A Fable for Tomorrow” is on view at SAAM through May 8, 2011.

Image: Alexis Rockman, East 82nd Street, 2007.

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