Terry Winters: Facts and FictionsJanuary 31 – April 28, 2019
Terry Winters, Untitled, 1999. Gouache on paper; 44 1/4 x 30 1/2 in.
Image courtesy of The Drawing Center, New York
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.
In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum
In celebration of National Poetry Month, poet and translator Peter Cole will read some of his poetry, including “A Winters Trail,” inspired by the art of artist Terry Winters, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions. Following the reading, Nathan McClain, a visiting assistant professor of creative writing and African American literary arts at Hampshire College, will facilitate a conversation between the artist and the poet about the relationship between their work. This event will be held on Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst.
About Peter Cole: As a poet and translator, Peter Cole’s collections of poetry include Rift (1989), Things on Which I’ve Stumbled (2008), The Invention of Influence (2014), and Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations(2017). With Adina Hoffman, he wrote the nonfiction volume Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (2011). Described by Harold Bloom as a “major poet-translator,” Cole has translated important writers in Hebrew and Arabic, including Aharon Shabtai and Taha Muhammad Ali. Cole’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation; a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation; the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; and the 2010 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Cole divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches each spring at Yale University. ibiseditions.com/PeterCole
About Terry Winters: 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. His many book projects have been made in collaboration with poets and authors. His work has been the subject of numerous museum surveys. These include the Tate Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Basel; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. In 2013, Winters was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery in New York and Los Angeles. Winters lives and works in New York and Columbia County. www.terrywinters.org
About the moderator: Nathan McClain, a visiting assistant professor of creative writing and African American literary arts at Hampshire College, received an MFA in creative writing from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017) and a recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writerps' Conference, The Frost Place, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He has taught creative writing at Seton Hall, Drew University, and St. Joseph's College, as well as poetry workshops for the Cave Canem Foundation. His poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in New York Times Magazine, upstreet, American Poets, The Rumpus, and Hunger Mountain, among others. He currently lives in Brooklyn. www.nathanmcclain.com
With thanks to the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute and Friends of the Fine Arts Center for their support.
2019-02-14 Amherst Bulletin re_ Terry Winters
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.