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‘Aspects Of Influence’
Painter Lincoln Perry Mines the Collection at the University of Virginia Art Museum

February 25, 2005 --

WHAT:         Exhibition: “Aspects of Influence: Lincoln Perry Mines the Collection.”

WHEN:         Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, May 22

WHERE:      U.Va. Art Museum

                  155 Rugby Road

WHO:         Lincoln Perry, artist and distinguished visitor in studio art in the McIntire Department of Art

WHAT:        Gallery Talk

WHEN:       Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m.

WHERE:      U.Va. Art Museum

                  155 Rugby Road

In “Aspects of Influence: Lincoln Perry Mines the Collection,” figurative painter Lincoln Perry selected pictorial artist Bruno Civitico’s “Death of Eudamidas” as the focus of the exhibit to demonstrate the influences artists have on one another.

Perry, distinguished visitor in studio art at the McIntire Department of Art, shared a studio with Civitico for seven years. According to Perry, the creator of “The Student’s Progress,” an 11-panel mural in the lobby of U.Va.’s Old Cabell Hall, Civitico’s paintings show nurturing by the works of artists from ancient times to the present. The exhibit is an expression of Perry’s own gratitude for the commitment, guidance and support provided by Civitico, along with the other painters on display.

Paintings on display are from the museum’s and local collections which demonstrate the influences of artists on one another. The works range from pieces from ancient times to selections from the modern figurative art world by colleagues, friends and students of Civitico.

In “Death of Eudamidas,” which is the exhibit’s centerpiece, Civitico pays homage to the 17th century artist Nicolas Poussin’s “Eudamidas,” which hangs in the Staten Kunstmuseum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Eudamidas story is one of a poor man who bequeathed responsibility for his mother and daughter to his best friends. The tale is depicted in Poussin’s painting, with the dying man dictating his wishes as a doctor counts his last heartbeats. Poussin, a Stoic, thought all people should continue the legacies handed to them from their past, whether it involved caring for a family or for a cultural tradition. In Civitico’s ‘Euramidas’ a man is holding a paper that dedicates the painting to the contemporary American realist painter Gabriel Laderman. With this gesture, Civitico links the narrative tradition in subject matter from the past to the contemporary art world. His work becomes a statement of friendship, gratitude and the continuity of artistic practice.

“Referring to a Poussin painting and dedicated to Laderman,” says Perry, who is incorporating aspects of the exhibit in a class he is teaching on pictorial construction. “Civitico’s ‘Eudamidas’ might demonstrate how an intelligent painter takes what he needs from peers and predecessors.”

The museum is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For details about the exhibit or information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592, or visit the museum Web site: www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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