Two key exhibitions, Nearer to Daily life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection and With Pleasure: Sample and Decoration in American Artwork 1972–1985, are now on check out at the Heart for Curatorial Scientific studies, Bard Higher education (CCS Bard) in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Just a short drive from New York Metropolis, these exhibitions at CCS Bard reexamine less than-explored artwork actions and media, and supply a glimpse into the gathering record of CCS Bard Co-founder Marieluise Hessel, whose assortment is in energetic use at the middle of CCS Bard’s graduate method — and from which a lot of of the functions in Closer to Daily life and With Enjoyment are drawn.

Comprising much more than 75 operates on paper from the Hessel Selection to monitor about four many years of collecting, Closer to Daily life explores drawing as a resource for reflection on troubles of important private and social import. The exhibition attributes a lot of artists whose work in the medium is underexamined inside their larger oeuvre, from William Copley drawings that seize mid-century pop society to the latest acquisitions of functions by Ulrike Müller. Additional artists involve Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Nicole Eisenman, Rashid Johnson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Gerhard Richter, Lorna Simpson, Rosemarie Trockel, Danh Vo, and David Wojnarowicz, among the many others.

With Pleasure, the very first massive-scale North American study of the females-led Sample and Decoration (P&D) motion of the 1970s and ’80s, showcases key performs from the Hessel Selection together with important financial loans from museums, personal collections, and foundations to trace the movement’s attain in postwar American artwork. Countering the male-dominated minimalist aesthetics of the day, P&D celebrated color, excess, and the ornamental. The exhibition examines the artists at the movement’s main, this sort of as Valerie Jaudon, Robert Kushner, Kim MacConnel, and Barbara Zucker, as well as individuals whose contributions to P&D have been beneath-identified, like Merion Estes, Dee Shapiro, Kendall Shaw, and Takako Yamaguchi and all those who are not ordinarily regarded as in the context of P&D, these types of as Emma Amos, Billy Al Bengston, Al Loving, and Betty Woodman. 

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