Dia Center for the Arts will present a new project by the Irish artist James Coleman together with a retrospective overview of his work, opening to the public on April 14, 1994 at 548 West 22nd Street. The new slide-tape work will be shown throughout the year, while past works will be shown in three parts: April 14-June 19, 1994, September-December, 1994, and January-March, 1995. Hours are Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon-6 p.m.
Since the early seventies, James Coleman has been redefining traditions of representation and picture making usually associated with painting through his use of various media: photography, film, theater, and, particularly, slide-tape. Frustrating traditional modes of perception, Coleman's work forces the spectator to be conscious of the act of perception. While the earlier works define perception as grounded in real time and real space, the later works investigate the psychologically, socially, and historically conditioned character of perception.
Coleman's new project for Dia Center for the Arts completes a trilogy, begun with Background, 1991, and Lapsus Exposure, 1992. These works will be shown as a whole in the third part of the exhibition. The show will travel to Le Nouveau Musée in Villeurbanne in 1995 and in 1996 to the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Funding for this project has been provided by The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Inc., the Dia Art Council, the major annual support group of Dia Center for the Arts, and the Dia Art Circle. Support for the 1993-94 exhibitions program has also been provided through a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
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