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A thought-provoking exhibition of twenty-first century painting, sculpture, video and furnishings representing the newest abstract work from today’s best artists. NOW-ISM features international emerging stars like Sarah Cain, Diana Al-Hadid and Florian Meisenberg and established artists including Columbus’ own art star Ann Hamilton, Jim Hodges, Teresita Fernández, Jason Middlebrook, Carrie Moyer and Pia Fries. The show will include more than 100 works spanning all three floors of the space.

David Pagel writes, “In one weird, hyphenated word, “NOW-ISM” insists that the works in it are both of the moment—particular to the circumstances in which they were made and attuned to the digital phase of the Information Age as it hurtles us through the first decade and a half of the twenty-first century—and outside of time: unshackled by the constraints of context and the restrictions of history because, as works of art, they are fully present in the moment and available to be intimately engaged by innumerable viewers, over and over again, in perpetuity. The beauty of now is that it never grows old. Its biggest drawback is that it doesn’t last: Constantly slipping away, now never lets anyone rest with what happened yesterday. To attend to the works in this exhibition, you have to be on your toes, at the top of your game, attentive to details, alive to subtlety, and in touch with the peculiar poetry of visual experience.”

Excerpt “Now and Again” from the NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today catalogue. David Pagel is a curator, art critic and Chair of the Art Department at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

NOW-ISM is an exhibition that unfolds in stages with artist talks and events occurring throughout the season. On September 6, 2014, we will open with three floors of the building dedicated to painting, sculpture, and video. In February 2015 we will present an exhibition within an exhibition – a gallery dedicated to Tomory Dodge, with paintings, prints, and drawings.

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