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Fresh!: Contemporary Takes on Nature and Allegory


Publisher:Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art



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The need to describe the world around us is an impulse as old as the earliest cave wall depictions of running horses and wounded bison. In this descriptive enterprise we have consistently found nature to be a valuable and inspiring companion, and over the centuries, as we moved beyond simple narrative to the complex, exhortative inventions of allegory, nature has reciprocally grown with us, giving us a crucial and familiar framework to help us to know our place in the universe. As a consequence of this evolution, the human imagination can claim innumerable--often epic--accounts built on the marriage of nature and allegory.

Fresh! Contemporary Takes on Nature and Allegory features the works of fifteen artists from the United States, Europe, and Asia, encompassing pieces that vary tremendously in medium, technique, and scale--not to mention subject matter. It does not pretend to cover all of the allegorical tendencies in contemporary art, but nevertheless does represent several significant strains in the use of this mode in examining our relationship to nature.

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