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Nature Distilled

January 04 through March 09, 2014

Alex Katz, Black Brook 1990, 1990, 2002.8Throughout history, the natural world has provided both the inspiration and the subject matter for artists. The contemporary artists included in Nature Distilled follow this lead, turning to elements found in nature for their imagery. However, rather than trying to depict what they see around them in a realistic manner, these artists distill the naturalistic elements within our environment to basic forms and structures. Artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, John Himmelfarb, Alex Katz, and Donald Sultan, among others, create fascinating new patterns by simplifying and replicating nature’s complex forms.


Alex Katz (American, born 1927), Black Brook 1990, 1990,color aquatint on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2002.8.