Silvermine Arts Center

1037 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT

Curated by Silvermine by Jeffrey Mueller

February 26 – April 9, 2017

Slate Prints & Wood Sculptures

William Kent’s large-scale slate prints on fabric and rice paper fall into the various categories of political satire and commentary, erotica, prints with gravestone images, and others with border designs of sentimental greeting cards. Vibrant, original and out-of-the-box, they were first noticed by the art world in 1966 when Kent’s work appeared alongside work by Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, and Robert Motherwell at the Whitney Museum’s Annual Show. A critic for the Herald-Tribune called them “large, highly amusing and inventive prints that look like Pop posters but really go deeper in their social significance and satiric overtones.” In the late seventies, Kent stopped carving his slate blackboards for printmaking, and returned to working on monumental wood sculptures as masterful and astonishing as any of his prints. After the 1960’s, the artist lived a solitary life working at his barn studio in Durham, Connecticut. He died in 2012, at age 93.

“The prints are the strength of this exhibit, “says Silvermine Gallery Director Jeffrey Mueller. “They have gravity and humor, and his materials are interesting–almost inappropriate fabrics paired with poignant subject matter. His choice of imagery and phrasing is timeless and has the power to resonate even today.” A selection of Kent’s work, curated by Mueller and James Reed, manager of Silvermine’s Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection.

Contact the Foundation

P.O. Box 212

Durham, CT 06422

P: 860-349-8047

E: [email protected]

Studio Location

269 Howd Road

Durham, CT 06422

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