'Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection'

"Friendly Skies," a 2010 work by Erin Currier, is part of the Yellowstone Art Museum's latest exhibition, "Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection." The exhibit also includes works by Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and others.

The Yellowstone Art Museum's newest exhibition, "Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection," is on view in the Murdock Gallery through Oct. 15.

The exhibit, which opened Thursday, was originally conceived of as collaboration between a private collector and the University of Arizona Museum of Art as curated by Olivia Miller, UAMA's Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. The collector chooses to remain anonymous, allowing the works to speak for themselves.

The YAM exhibit, which was slightly altered from its original form, reveals intersections that can be formed between Modernist artworks created in vastly differing parts of the globe. The collection and this exhibition reflect a vision that straddles geographical boundaries, recognizing the paths that merge in art and life.

"Modernist Intersections" grows from the enthusiasm of one collector’s desire to share exceptional art with many audiences.

The exhibition invites dialog and personal connection. The included works stem from the early 20th century to the present, relying on a broad definition of Modernism that includes work disruptive and comforting, shocking and inspiring, historic and contemporary, and abstract and representational.

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It includes both American and international art, always selected with an overriding emphasis on aesthetic impact and quality. Represented artists include Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henry Moore, Kiki Smith, Erin Currier, among dozens of other notable artists.

Modernism and all of its related sub-“isms” are defined by a multitude of factors that impacted art making in the late part of the 19th century, continuing primarily through the mid to late 20th century. The art of today is largely impacted by if not completely inspired by this formative period that recognized that “art for the sake of art” was as valid as was creating art to reveal a historical representation perspective or to satisfy the patronage system. In this exhibition, the “isms” range from Impressionism to Minimalism.

To enhance the public’s understanding of this often misunderstood art movement, the Tia Collection’s Curator Laura Finlay Smith and the YAM’s Senior Curator Bob Durden will participate in a public conversation Sept. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit is family-friendly though some works contain mature themes surrounding current political events.

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Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.