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Traveling Exhibitions

Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region

Monday, May 15, 2017

8:00am - 5:00pm

Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, this exhibition presents the culmination of eight years of
concentrated labor producing a massive painting project by one of Southwestern Virginia’s most respected
artists.

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is drawn from artistic and literary figures as divergent as Jean Cocteau, Jasper Johns, and Joel Chandler Harris, while historical references extend from Jamestown to Fort Sumter to the BP Gulf oil disaster.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)
  • Electronic files of educational materials, labels, wall texts and gallery guide

Space Requirements:

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

Rental Fee:

  • $15,000

Shipping Costs:

  • Taubman Museum to make all arrangements
  • Exhibiting venue pays pro-rated, one-way shipping costs

Insurance:

  • To be carried by venue

Supporting Materials:

  • 50 guides and video

Availability:

  • 8-week period through September 2019

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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