Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting: Last Week!

Dan Christensen, Eve's Garden

Dan Christensen (1942-2007), "Eve's Garden," 2005, acrylic on canvas, 38 x 20 in.

Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting: Last Week!
(Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

Organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting opened the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln on October 23, 2009. The show closes on January 31, 2010, so if you haven’t had the chance to see it, this is your last week!

The exhibition surveys the Color Field painter’s career, bringing to light why Clement Greenberg called Christensen “one of the painters on whom the course of American art depends,” (1990).

If you can’t visit the museum, you can view the works online here.
To listen to a podcast of about five minutes, visit the museum’s website.
To order the catalogue, click here.

Some of our past Christensen blog posts:
Video: Elaine Grove on Dan Christensen’s plaid paintings

Art Forum Review on Dan Christensen

Art Forum Review on Dan Christensen

Jenn McMenemy
In Dan Christensen news, Art Forum‘s November 2009 issue has a great review on the Christensen show organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting was on view at Kemper from May 15-Aug. 30, 2009 and is now on view at Sheldon Museum of Art thru January 31, 2010.
Sheldon has a great podcast (about 5 minutes) with Sharon L. Kennedy, Sheldon’s Curator of Cultural and Civic Engagement, talking about Christensen’s early years in Nebraska and Kansas City. You can download it here or visit their site to listen.
And if you’re a Christensen plaid fan, there’s a show on view thru Nov. 14th at Spanierman Modern featuring 14 of his plaid paintings. My personal favorite is Dark Tulip, 1970. Dan Christensen: The Plaid Paintings

Dan Christensen at The Sheldon Museum of Art

Christensen enthusiasts: take note!
Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting which opened at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, in May will move to the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln on October 23, 2009 and remain on view until the end of January, 2010.
Dan Christensen - Five or Six P.M.
The show’s press release states: “This survey of his paintings documents [Christensen’s] never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space. Often placed within the Color Field movement, Christensen’s experimentation with tools and techniques make him resistant to any one label or category but do place him among this country’s most ambitious abstract and gestural painters. Art critic Clement Greenberg called his work ‘post-painterly abstraction’ and said, in 1990, ‘Dan Christensen is one of the painters on whom the course of American art depends.’” 

A catalogue, by the noted art historian Karen Wilkin, accompanies the exhibition.
Another exhibition of the artist’s work, Dan Christensen: The Plaid Paintings, will be on view at Spanierman Modern, New York from October 13 to November 14, 2009.

Christensen’s plaids, such as Night Delight at left, were described by Jim Monte, curator at the Whitney Museum in the 1970s, as offering “a very unique contribution to the history of pure abstraction…a freshly conceived approach to geometric configuration, a necessary antidote to that all-consuming dullness” of much of the Minimal painting of the 1960s and 1970s.

Additional information on this exhibition will be available soon.

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