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Traveling Exhibitions

Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region

Monday, May 15, 2017

 Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, this exhibition presents the culmination of eight years ofconcentrated labor producing a massive painting project by one of Southwestern Virginia’s most respectedartists.
Eleven large scale, colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol and form. Inspiration is drawn from artistic and literary figures as divergent as Jean Cocteau, Jasper Johns, and Joel Chandler Harris, while historical references extend from Jamestown to Fort Sumter to the BP Gulf oil disaster.
The reclaimed character Brer Rabbit leads the viewer on an epic journey across three centuries of heroism and trickery both comic and tragic, ultimately creating historical and contemporary allegories and conundrums that lead to an investigation of the very nature of identity, culture and history - personal and public, regional and national, high and low.

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Exhibition Specifics:

11 oil on linen paintings, some with carved-wood components (largest assembled at 11’9” x 25’3”)
1 single channel video (artist interview)
  
Space Requirements:

Paintings: 93 running wall ft.
Gallery size: 176 linear wall ft., 2500 square ft.

Rental Fee:

$15,000 Rental Fee
 
Shipping Costs:

Exhibiting venue pays pro-rated, one-way shipping costs; courier lodging, per diem, and transportation will be calculated on a per-museum basis
 
Insurance:

To be carried by venue

Supporting Materials: 

  •  50 guides and video
  •  Electronic files of educational materials, labels, wall texts and gallery guide

Availability:

 8-week period through September 2020

Past Exhibitions:

  • William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia, August 5, 2016 - December 18, 2016
  • Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, October 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017

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Top image: Le Radeau des Refusés (Summer) (detail), 2008-2013, Oil on linen, 70" x 74", Courtesy of the Artist

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Le Radeau des Refusés (Summer) (detail), 2008-2013, Oil on linen, 70" x 74", Courtesy of the Artist

Deception (Spring) (detail), 2008-2013, Oil on linen, 70" x 74", Courtesy of the Artist

Member of This Club (Fall) (detail), 2008-2013, Oil on linen, 70" x 74", Courtesy of the Artist