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Shelley Reed

Shelley Reed featured in Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals in Contemporary Art

October 13, 2017 - Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Touchstones, Totems, Talismans: Animals in Contemporary Art

October 13, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth. — Francis of Assisi

The inspiration for this exhibit dates back to the 2004 BMAC exhibit Andy Warhol: The Jon Gould Collection. The most commented-on works in that show were the large prints from Warhol’s 1983 “Endangered Species” portfolio. Observing visitors’ reactions to those powerful images, I sensed that their aesthetic experiences were enriched by the deep connections humans have with animals, both domestic and wild.

Depicting animals—as symbols, teachers, muses, companions—connects human cultures across time. Pictures of animals serve as proxies for happiness, distress, or fear. They speak of love, remembrance, and condolence. Whether literal or abstract, animal images call into play both our experiences with the creatures themselves and the often deep-seated characteristics, traits, and qualities we assign to them.

Featuring the work of Walton Ford, Bharti Kher, Colleen Kiely, Stephen Petegorsky, Shelley Reed, Jane Rosen, Michal Rovner, Rick Shaefer, and Andy Warhol, this exhibit offers a mere glimpse into the complexity of human-animal relationships in contemporary art. The selected works are diverse in intention and execution. Some are humorous; others are unsettling. All invite contemplation of the various ways in which animals inhabit our personal experiences, our cultural history, and our common world.

— Mara Williams, Chief Curator

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The Art Institute of Chicago Acquires Drawings by Shelley Reed

March 25, 2017

The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired a series of seven drawings by Boston-based artist Shelley Reed. The artist’s 1993 series, “Men (after Van Dyck),” joined the Museum’s collection of prints and drawings as a gift after its exhibition as part of the Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print exhibition of 2016.

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The Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina exhibits retrospective of American artist SHELLEY REED

July 17, 2014

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina is presenting a career retrospective of artist Shelley Reed. The result of her ongoing "conversations" with the Old Masters, "Animal Instinct" is an impressive selection of 26 large-scale black and white paintings including a wall-length mural.

May 16 - September 14

more info: http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/summer-2014/


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