The exhibition title is a spin on the form and content of twentieth- and twenty-first-century works by American artists who advanced the visual vocabulary of the day in stunning and unusual ways. The “radiance” runs from literal observations about the tension generated in the monumental arched form by Robert Mangold, to the epic grandeur of spring in the sweeping view of an imaginary cosmos by Richard Pousette-Dart.
Twentieth- and twenty-first-century art that expresses ideas beyond visually “real” subjects is often puzzling. In the absence of a literally depicted visual narrative, the artist’s intentions can be elusive. Gauging meaning and intent becomes more intuitively based, and therein lies much of the joy in viewing such works.
Though differing aesthetics are represented in this exhibition, each artist has explored a unique visual vocabulary to communicate similar formal concerns. As you view the exhibition, consider what might connect these works to one another. What questions come to mind as you probe the similarities between these works, and how do the unique stylistic differences contribute to the meaning you glean from each work?