On view March 3 through June 17, 2018.
For the past forty years, Carol Cole has been creating and collecting work that affirms our human need for nurture, our shared vulnerabilities, and our potential for living generously. She calls this art humanist, and finds in it important antidotes to the universal ills of greed, neglect, and selfishness. Cast a Clear Light celebrates Cole’s personal artistic journey, the unique vision with which she’s built her collection, and the clarity of purpose that underlies them both.
As an artist, Cole’s work is anchored in the convictions of 1960s and 70s feminism. In drawings and paintings, sculptures and mixed media, she has developed a body of work that uses a single female breast as an icon of nurture. In series with such evocative titles as Bubble Blower, F.E.A.R.S., Anti-Nothingness Image, and Resurrection of the Bubble Blower, she morphs and transforms the breast from recognizable to abstract and back again. Through these many iterations, Cole uses the motif deliberately, systematically, and inventively to create images by turns poignant, witty, and irreverent.
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Carol Cole: Cast a Clear Light is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and co-curated by Dr. Emily Stamey, Weatherspoon Curator of Exhibitions and Paddy Johnson, Editor of Art F City, New York. The exhibition is dedicated by the artist to her husband, Seymour Levin.
Free to the public