Artist Talk: Dore Ashton + Bill Tucker
Dore Ashton (b. 1929 - d. 2017) was an eminent writer and critic of contemporary art. She is the author of numerous books on art and culture, including A Fable of Modern Art, which she considers to be her best work, and The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning. She has written many monographs on individual artists including Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, and Isamu Noguchi. She is Professor of Art History at the Cooper Union, New York, and Visiting Professor of Art History at Yale University. Ashton met William Tucker early in his career, when she visited his studio in London, and has written about his work over the course of his career and their long friendship.
William Tucker (b. 1935) is a distinguished sculptor who works in a wide variety of materials, from steel and recycled wood, to cast pieces in bronze, plaster and concrete. Asked to describe his work, Ashton commented that Tucker has found “original ways to extend the great modern tradition in sculpture.” Born in Cairo in 1935, Tucker moved to London as a young child. He attended the University of Oxford from 1955 to 1958 and continued postgraduate study at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where Anthony Caro was teaching.
His work came to public prominence in 1965 when it was exhibited in The New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. The following year he exhibited alongside Caro in the important 1966 exhibition, Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum in New York. Tucker was Gregory Fellow at the Fine Arts Department of the University of Leeds for two years from 1968 to 1970, and represented Britain at the 1972 Venice Biennale. In 1978 Tucker moved to New York, where he taught at Columbia University and the New York Studio School. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1986, and in 2010, the International Sculpture Center’s award for Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture. Tucker’s work has been exhibited in The Fields Sculpture Park.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
The Virtual Drawing Group invites Art Omi's extended community to draw along at home! Virtual Drawing Group participants share their work and connect with the group via a weekly Zoom session on Thursday at 5 pm EST. All styles and media welcome. Registration is capped, and so participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
You can also engage with by completing the weekly prompts and tagging your work on Instagram or Facebook! Use #artomi and #educationomi to share your work.
Weekly Prompts & Zoom info:
- April 23: Figure and Nature Combined
- April 30: Figures from Quarantine
- May 7: News Figures
- May 14: Mixed Media
- May 21: Unconventional Tools
- May 28: Focus on Portraits
- June 4: Blind or Semi-Blind Contour
- June 11: Figures from Memory
- June 18: Open Share
- July 2: Three Tone Series
- July 23: Movement
- August 13: Emotive Figures
- August 27: Using Text
- September 10: Monochromatic Color Scheme
- Sept 24: Abstraction
How can we take control of the stories that we tell ourselves and others? This class will focus on creating character and storytelling through figurative sculpture. There will be an emphasis on developing a personal artistic style through character design and the utilization of motifs and symbols. Inspired by artists of the past and present, students will use a variety of tools, materials, and techniques as they consider figurative poses, the power of gesture, and understand how to develop their own visual language. Representational or abstract, there are no boundaries as to what you can create in this multimedia workshop! Students will be assigned to their very own studio space in our residency Barn. No prior experience necessary.
Join us on Saturday mornings for safe exploration of the Sculpture & Architecture Park and art-making for kids ages 5-12. Weekly workshops host a maximum of twelve children, with a minimum of two teachers. This program will be held almost entirely outdoors with art-making occurring under the open-air Education Pavilions.