Exhibition Talk: Jonas Wood's Modernism

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Join art historian Dr. Ken Allan for a closer look at the work of artist Jonas Wood. In this talk, Dr. Allan will discuss Wood's interest in the history of painting by drawing connections between his landscapes and interior scenes and those of pioneering modern artists from the last century.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jonas Wood, which brings together approximately 35 works across 13 years of Wood’s career. The exhibition traces the artist’s fascination with psychology, memory, and the self to shed light on a practice that is both deeply personal and universal.

Ken Allan is Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Director of the Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature at Seattle University. His area of research is modern and contemporary art with a specialization in American art of the 1960s and a focus on the Los Angeles art scene. His work has been supported by the Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution, The Terra Foundation of American Art, and the American Council of Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundation. Dr. Allan’s work has been featured in the Art Bulletin and Art Journal as well as the book Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980. He has also published several exhibition catalogue essays on postwar and contemporary art.


Image: Jonas Wood, Ovitz’s Library, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, Anton Kern Gallery and the artist, 2013, 2013.55, Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, Photo: Brian Forrest