KANSAS CITY, MO.-
Reminiscent of Edward Hoppers works of isolation, Eric Forstmann paints images of the empty streets of Amenia, a small town in New Yorks Hudson Valley, as well as the interiors of long-abandoned farmhouses. The exhibition Acquisitions in Context: Eric Forstmann focuses on the painters interiors and nighttime street scenes and provides context for the artists work, Amenia, 2:30 a.m. (201011), commissioned by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
for its Permanent Collection. The exhibition, featuring nine works, is on view April 29August 14, 2011, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission to the Museum is free.
As a realist painter, Forstmann works in recognizable genresstill life, plein air landscapes, trompe loeil, and interiors. The artist celebrates the images of the everyday and takes inspiration from painters before him, from 17th-century Dutch artist Jan Vermeer to 20th-century American realist Edward Hopper. Forstmann paints the landscapes and environments of areas around his home in northwestern Connecticut and the nearby Hudson Valley.
The Museums new acquisition comes from the artists series of paintings of neighboring Amenia, New York. Created at night, these psychologically charged canvases depict a time when few are awake. They resonate with a sense of abandonment and isolation. In an interview with Kemper Museum Chief Curator Barbara OBrien, Forstmann said, I feel a certain responsibility to champion the unsung. He continued, I am always attracted to the mystery of the lives of those that live or have lived in the places: the history, failure, and the how and why of a place.
Born in 1962, Forstmann studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University. His works can be found in many private and public collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; the Evansville Museum of Arts, Science, and History, Indiana, and the New Jersey Center of the Visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey. This exhibition at the Kemper Museum is among the artists first solo museum exhibitions.
This is the second in a series of exhibitions, called Acquisitions in Context, at the Kemper Museum. This focused exhibition pairs new works to the Kemper Museums Permanent Collection with other works by the same artist. This allows visitors to see more works by the artist and makes more transparent the process by which works of art enter the Museums collection. Since the Museums opening in 1994, the Permanent Collection has more than tripled.