Published: May 1, 2001
PHILADELPHIA, PENN. – A new site-specific work by the Philadelphia-based Virgil Marti will be on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, June 15 through September 2. The exhibition is part of the Morris Gallery program, the museum’s ongoing series devoted to contemporary regional talent.
Marti, an artist of growing international acclaim, is known for his installations that explore cultural dialogues between art and decoration, aesthetics and taste, with a wry sensibility and sophisticated design sense.
Marti’s Morris Gallery installation will reference the academy’s striking decorative program by building architect Frank Furness, as well as its historic curatorial practice, through the use of dramatic lighting, flocked wallpaper, and faux easel paintings. Organized by Chief Curator Sylvia Yount, this exhibition marks the artist’s first solo museum effort. Marti will give a talk about his work in the Hamilton Auditorium on Wednesday, June 20 at 12:15 pm.
A native of St Louis, Mo., Marti received his BFA from Washington University (1984) and his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1990); he also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1990). He has received many national honors, including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1995); a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship (1997); and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1997).
Marti’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at White Columns, New York (1996); Thread Waxing Space, New York (1998); and Holly Solomon Gallery, New York (1999).
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