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"Painting Air," a site-specific new work which curates a selection of objects from the Museum's collection

224 Benefit St, Providence, RI   (view map)

In 1895, Claude Monet declared, “I want to paint the air . . . and that is nothing short of impossible.” That statement provided the ephemeral inspiration for “Painting Air: Spencer Finch,” the new major exhibition at the RISD Museum of Art, 20 North Main Street, Providence. Finch, whose work “combines science with poetic observation to bring new awareness to both the natural and built worth in which we live,” as RISD notes, has created a large-scale installation with 100 transparent glass panels suspended in a 150-linear-foot mural bursting with 35 colors. “Light and color shift across the surfaces of the gently swaying panels, reflecting the painting and the movements of visitors, and transforming viewers’ perspectives from one moment to the next.” The exhibit also includes more than 60 pieces from the Museum’s collection, from a Chinese Han Dynasty earthenware jar to Op Art. “His placement of objects . . . reveals aesthetic influence between artists, unexpected connections among disparate works, and his personal sensibility.” The show runs through July 29 | $10, $7 seniors, $3 students, free under 5 | 401.454.6500 | risdmuseum.org

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