LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN

Lisa Ruyter

September 8 – 20, 2012

LISA RUYTER_Marion Post Wolcott "Natchitoches, Louisiana"_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Marion Post Wolcott "Natchitoches, Louisiana"
2010, acrylic on canvas, 47 x 59 inches.

LISA RUYTER_Russell Lee "Sign above moving picture theater. Waco, Texas"_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Russell Lee "Sign above moving picture theater, Waco, Texas"
2012, acrylic on canvas, 39 x 59 inches.

LISA RUYTER_"Mr. William E. Warne"_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
"Mr. William E. Warne"
2011, acrylic on canvas, 39 x 39 inches.

LISA RUYTER_Russell Lee "Three members of ladies' quintette at community sing. Pie Town, New Mexico"_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Russell Lee "Three members of ladies' quintette at community sing. Pie Town, New Mexico"
2011, acrylic on canvas, 63 x 79 inches.

LISA RUYTER_Ben Shahn "Daughters of Mr. Thaxton, near Mechanicsburg, Ohio"_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Ben Shahn "Daughters of Mr. Thaxton, near Mechanicsburg, Ohio"
2011, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 87 inches.

LISA RUYTER_Arthur Rothstein "Dry and parched earth in the badlands of South Dakota"_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Arthur Rothstein "Dry and parched earth in the badlands of South Dakota"
2009, acrylic on canvas, 47 x 59 inches.

LISA RUYTER_Russell Lee "Tombstone in Boot Hill Cemetery. Tombstone, Arizona"_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Russell Lee "Tombstone in Boot Hill Cemetery. Tombstone, Arizona"
2011, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 39 inches.

LISA RUYTER_Russell Lee “Rupert, Idaho. Former CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camp now under FSA (Farm Security Administration) management. Japanese-Americans taking down their flag in the evening”_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Russell Lee “Rupert, Idaho. Former CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camp now under FSA (Farm Security Administration) management. Japanese-Americans taking down their flag in the evening”
2011, acrylic on canvas, 39 x 55 inches.

LISA RUYTER_Russell Lee “Children on float in Fourth of July parade. Vale, Oregon”_Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

LISA RUYTER
Russell Lee “Children on float in Fourth of July parade. Vale, Oregon”
2011, acrylic on canvas, 83 x 59 inches.

LISA RUYTER: Let us now Praise Famous Men
September 8 - October 20, 2012


> artist talk. September 8th: 11am
> opening night reception. September 8th: 6:30-8pm


CONNERSMITH. is delighted to announce Let us now Praise Famous Men, an exhibition of new paintings by Lisa Ruyter. The show marks the first solo exhibition by this internationally renowned artist in her native city of Washington, DC. In Let us now Praise Famous Men, Ruyter presents a new series of acrylic paintings that appropriate 1930-40s black and white photograph from the archive of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information in the Library of Congress. “These photographs are of Americans, and they represent those who go unnoticed, unrecognized and, um, unrepresented,” Ruyter explains. “They are us, or at least some idea that we have of ourselves, they belong to us because of the way that they came into our world, as photographs, not as people. It is a record of what was already being lost to Americans even as it was being constructed, an American dream of self-determination, independence and freedom.”


Ruyter, the daughter of a Dutch immigrant, is attuned to dialogues formed around migrant communities in earlier generations. Economic and ecological hardships that shaped families’ lives during the days of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression echo in her reclaimed images and resonate with the challenges that face many families in today’s global economy.


Ultimately, Ruyter is interested in the nature of an archive, appropriation strategies, and the fugitive qualities of color in relationship to history and theory. With these paintings of photographs, the project’s core concern of identity construction is refined via specific combinations of photography, painting, color and subject matter. Positing the archive as a paradigm of our time, she recycles images, mediating memories within the expanding web of sources and appropriations that increasingly fill our experiential reality, our everyday life, and therefore modify our relationship to gesture.


Ruyter’s works may be seen in the following collections: Collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Sharon, CT; Collection le Consortium, Dijon, France; Denver Art Museum; Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria; Colección INELCOM, Madrid; La Colección Jumex, México; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Proje4L Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Collection VAC (Valencia Arte Contemporáneo),Valencia, Spain.


Lisa Ruyter (b.1968, Washington DC) lives in works in Vienna, Austria.

 

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Ruyter will speak on this new body of work, Saturday, September 8th @ 11am.
There will be an opening night reception at CONNERSMITH. on Saturday, 8th from 6 to 8pm.

Artist in attendance.


For further information or images, please contact the gallery @ 202-588-8750 / info@connersmith.us.com.