Abington Art Center to Publish first Catalogue by Winifred Luzt

Top Quote In conjunction with her upcoming exhibition, Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA will publish the first ever catalogue of the works for famed American sculptor Winifred Luzt. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 26, 2012 - JENKINTOWN, PA - Abington Art Center is producing and publishing the first catalog of the works of famed American sculptor Winifred Lutz. This 100-page publication will feature 75 images of Lutz's work. The catalogue is to be published in conjunction with an extensive outdoor instillation and gallery exhibition, which opens on September 8, 2012. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Sorting Through the Residue of Years, will consist of the artist's gallery objects plus a new site-specific instillation.

    The exhibition catalog will consist of documentary photos and essays selected and edited by the guest curator for the project Janet Koloposs, a New York based critic with more than 30 years experience. As s former editor of Art in America and American craft magazine, Kolpos has written several books on Japanese sculpture. Koplos' essay will outline the artist's process of 12 acts- each representing a different thematic "act" such as sorting, observing, distilling and joining.

    According to lpos, "Winifred Lutz is a celebrated sculptor in Philadelphia and is also a luminary in the world of handmade paper, yet there has never been a comprehensive catalog of her work. It's particularly fitting that the Abington Art Center, with which she has had a long relationship, is at last producing that catalog. It includes specific discussion of her paper sculptures, which will also be on view in the Abington galleries, along with a consideration of her installations, commissions, and other site-integrated work."

    Other essays will be contributed by Carol Franklin- founding principal of Andropogon Associates of Philadelphia and a Fellow of the American society of Landscape Architects; Mina Takahshi- editor of Hand Papermaking magazine; Elaine King- Professor at Carnegie Mellon University; and Richard Torchia- Artist and gallery Director at Arcadia University. Interview excerpts for a 2010 oral history conducted by Avis Berman with Lutz for the Archives of American Art, a Smithsonian Institution, will also be included.

    This catalogue is the only comprehensive publication of Winifred Lutz to date. While Lutz is both esteemed in her home city of Philadelphia and internationally known for her groundbreaking work, her exposure has been limited by the fragility and contingency of her work- making this comprehensive exhibition catalogue especially invaluable. Winifred Lutz occupies a singular position among artists working with nature in the last several decade: her practice is more akin to landscape architecture- desiring to uncover the feeling and understanding of a place and to make the viewer unaware of her presence of intervention.

    Price: $35 in paperback
    Available: September 8, 2012 on abingtonartcenter.org

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