Date(s) - June 28, 2011 - September 24, 2011
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts

June 28 – September 24, 2011

Brendt Berger’s long career in the arts has been marked by the desire to work in alternative spaces and with alternative materials. In the late 1970s and early 1980s his experiments were centered in New York where he literally transformed elements of the city, and where the life of city became his subject.This exhibition focuses on two bodies of work – a series of striking abstractions of hearts painted on sheets of lowly packing cardboard that commemorate friends and loved ones, and documentation of what the Village Voice, in 1978, dubbed the “World’s Largest Painting,” a guerrilla action in which the artist covered 800 x 75 feet of the West Side Highway with over 150 gallons of alkyd enamel paint. Now one of the founding directors of Walsenburg, Colorado’s Museum of Friends, Berger is dedicated to freely sharing a collection of contemporary art and providing outreach opportunities to the Spanish Peaks region in Southern Colorado. John Baur, who served as Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1968-1974, has written that “Berger’s big abstract paintings – nearly always heroic in scale – have a gravity, a seriousness, a felt quality… They are moving images as well as abstract paintings of great serenity.”