Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions

January 31 – April 28, 2019
Terry Winters, Untitled (2), 1999. Gouache on paper; 44 1/4 x 30 1/2 in. Image courtesy of The Drawing Center, New York

Terry Winters, Untitled, 1999. Gouache on paper; 44 1/4 x 30 1/2 in.
Image courtesy of The Drawing Center, New York
Opening Reception January 30, 5 – 7 p.m. 


A leading figure in the art world for four decades, Terry Winters became well-known in the 1980s for his materially-conscious drawings, prints and paintings. Mobilizing the patterns and schema that undergird physical and intellectual life, Winters has developed his own pictorial language wherein grids, networks, and knots describe complex encounters between biological drives, technological systems, and mental processes. From the beginning, drawing has been a pivotal part of Winters’s production, serving as kind of testing ground for formal geneses and spatial encounters that may or may not take root in his paintings and prints.

Organized by The Drawing Center, NY, this exhibition presents an overview of Winters’s drawings from 1980 to the present, the first such exhibition in the US. It includes a selection of large-scale works on paper as well as a wide span of smaller drawings and a suite of rarely seen notebook pages. Unlike typical retrospectives, this presentation is organized with an eye to morphological relationships so that, as viewers move through the exhibition, they will recall and ideally return to earlier related images that themselves appear to mutate and change upon being revisited. In this way, the show foregrounds the overarching theme of Winters’s practice: the impulse to make sense, however fictively, of the manner in which the visible world is constructed and received.

Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator, The Drawing Center, New York.

An exhibition catalogue will be available.








January 30, Wednesday
• 5:00–7:30 p.m. | *OPENING RECEPTION
Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions; and Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise
• 5:15–5:45 P.M. | Walk through the exhibition Xylor Jane: Counterclockwise with the artist, Xylor Jane
• 6:00–6:30 P.M. | IN CONVERSATION Terry Winters with Claire Gilman, curator of exhibition; moderated by Karen Kurczynski, UMass Art History Assistant Professor
• 6:30–7:30 P.M. | Reception for the artists in the Fine Arts Center Lobby
February 7 | 6:00 P.M. | “ARTISTS ON ARTISTS” | Join us for a walk-through of the exhibition Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions with artists Carolyn Webb and Chris Page, who offer their unique perspectives.
April 8 | 6:00 P.M. | POETRY READING by Peter Cole, including a reading of “A Winters Trail,” inspired by Terry Winters’s work; followed by a conversation between the artist and the poet about the relationship between Cole’s poetry and Winters’s artworks. In celebration of National Poetry Month.

Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions is made possible by Jack Shear; Agnes Gund; Kathy and Richard Fuld; The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation; Jane Dresner Sadaka and Ned Sadaka; Waqas Wajahat; and Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson.
Special thanks to Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
The UMCA wishes to thank UMassFive College Federal Credit Union for their ongoing support of our exhibitions.