This week, WGBH News' Arts Editor Jared Bowen sits down with acclaimed artist Frank Stella at the Addison Gallery of American Art and explores the artwork in Riverway Park! Plus, a review of the "The Gift Horse" presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company.
Frank Stella Prints: From The Collections Of Jordan D. Schnitzer And His Family Foundation, on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art through July 30
Synopsis: For over 50 years, Frank Stella (Phillips Academy Class of 1954) has created a significant body of abstract art comprised of paintings, reliefs, sculptures, drawings and prints. "Frank Stella Prints" details the artist’s remarkable career as a printmaker. It presents over 100 prints that make apparent how his highly experimental endeavors have redefined the traditional print. The exhibition also offers a clear view of Stella’s stylistic evolution — a series of reinventions from the minimalist geometric abstraction of the early years to the baroque exuberance of the later gestural work. "Frank Stella Prints" is the artist’s first major print retrospective since 1982.
Jared Says: "A very poignant moment and a homecoming for Frank Stella."
"Everything You Can Imagine Is Real", presented by Studios Without Walls at Riverway Park through May 24
Synopsis: An exhibition of site-responsive sculpture at Riverway Park in Brookline, "Everything You Can Imagine Is Real" is presented by Studios Without Walls, a collaborative group of sculptors and conceptual artists who produce exhibitions of art in outdoor and public settings. Studios Without Walls has been producing exhibitions since 1997 – originally at Allandale Farm in conjunction with Brookline Artists Open Studios – and consistently adding additional exhibitions and venues. Participating Artists include Jeremy Angier & Anne Hirsch, Freedom Baird, Gail Jerauld Bos, Anne Eder, Janet Kawada, Milan Klic, Bette Ann Libby, Maria Ritz, Joe Wight, Martha Winston and Wendy Wolf. Visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours and participate in an “Art Treasure Hunt” as they explore the works at Riverway Park.
Jared Says: "Go, take your time, walk, enjoy, think, and be moved."
"The Gift Horse", presented by New Repertory Theatre through May 14
Synopsis: A humorous and introspective Boston premiere, "The Gift Horse" follows Ruth, a successful teacher and artist, whose quick and easy wit masks a painful childhood. With the support of her best friend Ernesto and therapist Brian she finally confronts her tumultuous past in a play infused with nationally acclaimed playwright Lydia R. Diamond’s distinctive voice.
Jared Says: "A chance to see one of the country's sharpest playwrights in her formative stages."