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Ray Spillenger | Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter

Join Black Mountain College Museum + Art for their first exhibition in 2016 on Friday, January 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Go here for the invite.

BackMountainCollegeRaySpillengerCompositionCurated by Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums, this exhibition features mainly early work created just after Spillenger’s summer at Black Mountain College with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers, among others. After leaving Black Mountain College, Spillenger moved to New York City, where he became a member of “the Club,” Cedar Tavern regular, and friend to Abstract Expressionist luminaries including Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Philip Guston. Despite significant contributions to the formation of the New York School, Spillenger did not find commercial and critical success: he was pushed to the margins of the art market during his lifetime, then into the shadows of art history. Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter invites a re-examination of 20th-century American art history through a corpus of work made privately and rarely shown to the public. A full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Gallery talk by the Curator at 6:45. See you there. Cheers!