Georgia O'Keefe: I found that I could say things with colors that I couldn't say in any other way -- things I had no word for.
Claude Monet: Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.
Wassily Kandinsky: I applied streaks and blobs of colors on the canvas with a palette knife, and made them sing with all the intensity I could.
Paul Klee: Color and I are one. I am a painter.
Pablo Picasso: I want to know one thing. What is color?
Color is . . .
Come see for yourself this July 28 through August 19 and enjoy how the artists of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition have responded to the challenge “What is color?”
Over 1000 works of art in all media will be exhibited in BWAC’s unique and iconic 25,000 square foot Civil War-era warehouse gallery. Located among the historic piers of Red Hook and overlooking the Statue of Liberty and New York harbor, the chromatic backdrop for the exhibit could not be more ideal.
The first floor of the exhibit will be devoted to a special juried show of 120 works of art in all media submitted by artists from around the country. BWAC is privileged to collaborate with Brooke Kamin Rapaport as the show’s sole juror. Ms. Rapaport, an independent curator and contributing editor and writer for Sculpture magazine is also the former curator of the contemporary art department of the Brooklyn Museum. As guest curator at The Jewish Museum she presented Houdini: Art and Magic and a survey exhibition of the sculpture of Louise Nevelson.
Says Rapaport in her juror’s statement:
Through the deliberate choice of riffing on color, artists work in cellophane or video, digital photography or ink jet prints, acrylic or oil paint, loom loops or felt, and corrugated cardboard or collage. There are traditional landscape photos tweaked to magnify the photographer’s vision of a polychrome cityscape. There is an assortment of abstract painting, some referencing color theory and much of it looking nostalgically to 1950s and 1960s modernist canvases. There are great swaths of color in these installations, sculpture, paintings and photographs.
The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 28th with an all day Meet the Artists reception, an opportunity for visitors to meet and chat with the exhibiting artists. Throughout the day, the young New York based Wayne Tucker Quintet, will be performing a variety of jazz standards as well as some of trumpet player Tucker’s original compositions. Accompanying COLOR on the second floor is an additional special exhibit, Pressing Relations, graphic works by the artists of the MFA Graduate Program in Printmaking of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Throughout its thirty year history BWAC has remained committed to its purpose of providing artists, both established and emerging, a venue to make their art available to a wide audience. This commitment to diversity and participation includes the opportunity for visitors to be part of the conversation and vote for “Best in Show,” one of several awards presented by BWAC to the exhibiting artists.
The BWAC gallery is a perfect destination for a summer weekend. It is across from the Fairway supermarket and down the block from IKEA in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, with its harbor view, trendy boutiques and restaurants galore. It is accessible by public transportation and biking is a breeze!
About The Juror
Brooke Kamin Rapaport is an independent curator and contemporary art writer. She is a former curator in the contemporary art department of the Brooklyn Museum.
As guest curator at The Jewish Museum in New York, she organized Houdini: Art and Magic, an interdisciplinary exhibition on the life and enduring significance in visual culture of the magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini (2010). Yale University Press published the exhibition catalogue. The show traveled to venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Madison, Wisconsin. Ms. Rapaport also served as guest curator at The Jewish Museum for The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, a 2007 survey exhibition that toured to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young. The accompanying catalogue, published by Yale University Press, won the New York State Historical Association's Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts in 2009.
She is a contributing editor and frequent writer for Sculpture magazine.
Ms. Rapaport is on the Board of Directors of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City and the Advisory Committee of Madison Square Park in New York. She is a former chair and current member of the Board of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. She is a graduate of Amherst College and received an M.A. from Rutgers University. She was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. Ms. Rapaport lives in New York.
Click here for the original COLOR Prospectus.