The exhibition Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch features work by the notoriously
theatrical Austrian-artist. Featuring eight major Shuttbilder (spill paintings) created between 1990 and 2007, as well as related objects and music, the exhibition will introduce viewers to this seasoned artists creative practice and how his work is rooted in both the sanctity of religious ritual and the drama of Abstract Expressionist painting. Nitschs blood- and pigment-stained canvases hover between the poles of material decadence and the mystery enacted in the sacrificial/redemptive drama of the Catholic Mass. This exhibition will provide an overview of Nitschs complex oeuvre as well as a platform for discussion about the possibilities for extreme art in contemporary life.
Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch will be presented in the Joseph Crescenti Family Gallery and the Project Gallery from February 4, 2011 through May 29, 2011. The opening celebration will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011. A catalog with essays by Simon Zalkind and Patrick F. Greaney will accompany the exhibition.