Reception and Program: Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.
A Conversation about the Art of Basil Alkazzi: From Secularism to the Mystical in Contemporary Art
Art historians/critics Donald Kuspit and Matthew Baigell will discuss Basil Alkazzi’s work within the broader context of a shift among artists away from the secular concerns of the 20th century towards a renewed interest in communicating their spiritual feelings and sense of the mystical.
Michael Royce, executive director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will give introductory remarks.
This program has been organized by Professor Harry I. Naar, director of the Rider University Art Gallery and Judith K. Brodsky, curator of the exhibition,
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The British Artist Basil Alkazzi is a prolific and, in his own words, a "compulsive" painter. His distinguished career as an artist spans 50 years and his work is held in the public collections of museums worldwide. These include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum, the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), The National Council (Kuwait), and Centrum Sztuki (Warsaw, Poland). Six monographs of his work have been published, the most recent being Resonant Echoes – The Art of Basil Alkazzi by Dennis Wepman.
Exhibit on display: Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, March 2
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m.