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Published on Mar 19, 2010
February 17, 2010 through May 23, 2010 -
BLACKOUT: A Centennial Commission by Paul Henry Ramirez is a major site-specific installation that allows viewers to experience painting as an environment that one can enter. Using the Museums Charles Engelhard Court as his canvas, renowned artist Paul Henry Ramirez employs his signature curvaceous biomorphic forms amidst a profusion of pop-inspired colors in dialogue with the Courts distinctive Beaux-Arts architecture. Dynamic rounded black forms and fine lines that spill and shift against the adjacent walls further animate the space, as do three geometrically inspired paintings that suggest bodies pushing against each other and through space. By including these and other elements that celebrate the human form and thrive on contemporary popular culture, Ramirez creates an immersive environment that pushes the boundaries of how we define and experience painting.