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Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne

Reception: Friday, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m.

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne features a collection of work from renowned artists spanning the past 50 years, including works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Tony Smith and many others. The exhibition incorporates numerous themes important to contemporary art, including Pop Art and Conceptualism, the Pictures Generation, performance art and the Abject Body, California Conceptualism, Minimalism, German Pop and European art since the 1980s, identity politics, and portraiture and self-portraiture. The collection is intertwined with social issues of the contemporary world, including race, gender, technology, education, philanthropy, communication and ethics. 

This major exhibition features selections from the art collection of the Los Angeles-based Byrne. Several universities with connections to Byrne and his family, including Duke University, Ohio State, Columbia University and Lewis and Clark College, are featuring Open This End as it travels across the country, marking Blake Byrne’s 80th birthday.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Visit the Urban Arts Space for more.

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Photo: Wangechi Mutu, Pretty Double-Head, 2010, mixed-media, ink, collage, spray paint on Mylar, 34" H x 41.75" W (86.36 cm H x 106.05 cm W), Collection of Blake Byrne. Image courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; photo by: Robert Wedemeyer.

Cover photo by Ada Matusiewicz: pictured from left to right: Ed Ruscha, Parking Lots, 1967/99, Thirty gelatin prints, 15 x 15 inches (38.1 x 38.1 cm) each, Edition 26/35, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, promised gift of Blake Byrne, T’57. Rita McBride, Chair (smoked), 2003, Murano glass and plastic 35 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 21 inches (90.2 x 41.9 x 53.3 cm), Collection of Blake Byrne.