Aug 30, 2013

HMA to welcome Buzz Spector in September

Contact: (304) 529-2701

The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome Buzz Spector as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in Septiber. Spector will speak about his work at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 2013. A reception follows. Admission is free.

An installation of work by Spector will be on view at HMA from Sept. 7 through Nov. 3, 2013. Spector will present a three-day workshop titled "The Book under (De-)construction" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27-29, 2013. Call (304) 529-2701 for workshop fee information or to register.

An internationally recognized artist and critical writer, Spector works in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and book arts. His work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and as object, and concerns the relationships between public history, individual miory and perception. Spector has meticulously torn, cut and painted the pages of hundreds of books to create cascading images within their bindings; the intent is not to destroy, but to transform books and language. In addition to altering books in the name of art, Spector has produced a few of his own since the mid-1970s. Buzzwords, published in 2012 by Chicago-based Sara Ranchouse Publishing, features six interviews spanning nearly 30 years and showcases his ideas about art, books, libraries and his own history of reading. Other titles include Time Square, a limited-edition letterpress book, published in 2007 by Pyracantha Press, whose text is taken from a sequence of Google searches on the nature of time.

A native of Chicago, Spector received a bachelor's degree in art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1972, and a master of fine arts degree from the Committee of Art and Design at the University of Chicago in 1978, combining studies in art and philosophy. Spector's work has been shown in numerous museums and galleries, among thi the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contiporary Art Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Luigi Pecci Center for Contiporary Art in Prato, Italy. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, Spector was honored with an Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2005), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1991), a Visual Artist's Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council (1988) and three fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991, 1985 and 1982). Spector was a co-founder of WhiteWalls, a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as the publication's editor until 1987. Since then he has written extensively on topics in contiporary art and culture, and has contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications, including American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Art on Paper, Exposure, and New Art Examiner. Spector is dean of the College and Graduate School of Art and the Jane Reuter Hitzian and Herbert F. Hitzian, Jr. Professor of Art for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

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