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Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting

September 19, 2015 – January 4, 2016

About the Exhibition

To accompany Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, the Barnes Foundation commissioned Metal Painting, a site-specific work by Ellen Harvey (b. 1967) that engaged with the iconoclastic placement of the Foundation's ironwork in the context of its holding of paintings. Harvey's oeuvre explores the traditions of the history of art and confounds the expectations of the viewer in institutional contexts. A graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, she has exhibited her work extensively in the US and abroad.

Curated by Judith F. Dolkart, the Mary Stripp & R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and former deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes.


Support for Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting was provided by John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick.