Encaustic works 2003

Fourth International Biennial Exhibition Juried by


Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

October 30th - December 6th


Poughkeepsie, New York

Exhibition Sponsored by R&F Handmade Paints


    In viewing the more than 1,400 slides submitted, it was perhaps the clarity of personal vision and faithfulness to curiosity and experimentation that distinguished the artists and works I chose. While I am drawn to considered technique, and I hope this selection reflects the diversity and richness demonstrated by the overall field of entrants, I suffer, as do most art historians, from a lack of hands on experience with the physical materials of art production. The jurying process was for me a crash course in the myriad ways encaustic can be employed and I am pleased that this experience has left me with a greatly expanded understanding of the flexibility of the medium. In addition, the pieces selected reflect the plurality of ideas in current visual thought and confront a variety of concerns, from socio-political issues, including gender, identity and narrative, to formal questions, such as surface, light and gesture. It is a testament to the organizers of this biennial exhibition that the spectrum of entrants was so broad and deep.

                    - Tracey Bashkoff - Associate Curator, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum


Installation shots