February 7, 2007, Philadelphia, PA – An exhibition of recent paintings by Thomas Chimes will be on view at Locks Gallery from March 2 to April 14, 2007. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, March 2, 2007 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. A full-color illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will be available. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.
The exhibition coincides with Thomas Chimes: Adventures in ‘Pataphysics, a major retrospective of the artist’s work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Locks Gallery exhibition brings together approximately fifty works by Chimes, none more than six inches square. Many of the works are grouped in combinations of up to ten small works. Installed in sequence, the artist compares them to visual poems. Much of the cartoon-like imagery of the paintings is inspired by the drawings of Alfred Jarry, who has been a life-long source of inspiration for the artist. These ethereal and mysterious works also contain references to entropy, alchemy, and astronomy.
Chimes, who is eighty-five years old, is still at work on this series of paintings, which Michael Taylor, curator of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s retrospective, considers to be “the summation of his themes and obsessions.”
Exhibitions and Events:
Thomas Chimes: The Entropy Paintings
March 2–April 14, 2007
Friday, March 2, 5:30–7:30pm
Thomas Chimes: Adventures in ‘Pataphysics
Philadelphia Museum of Art
February 27–May 6, 2007
Public Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium:
“Painting and ‘Pataphysics from Max Ernst to Thomas Chimes”
Michael Taylor, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art
Friday, March 9 at 6pm
“Thomas Chimes in Historical Context”
Donald Kuspit, SUNY Stony Brook
Wednesday, April 4 at 11am
Panel Discussion at New York University
Wednesday, March 7 at 6pm
Jurow Hall at the Silver Center
100 Washington Square East, New York
Thomas Chimes, Artist
Phillip Mitsis, New York University
Barry Schwabsky, Writer and Critic
Michael Taylor, Philadelphia Museum of Art
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