At one point you will stand back and look at what you hang on your wall and say, "That sure looks great." That purchase or creation you have is part of your vision, the organizing of your world around something as wonderful as art. It will have value to you.
On Friday night the public is invited to stop by UICA and hear from Ryan Kortman, along with Ben Gott, as they talk about the why, what, and how when they determine which contemporary art pieces they will add to a collection. I, for one, am most intrigued to know more (and to see this show at least one or two more times before it closes Feb. 15, 2015)
If you have not seen the show, which features a very strong, freshly assembled collection of contemporary art pieces, plan to arrive a bit early to take them all in over the two floors they inhabit. After that, if you are like me, you'll be very curious, asking lots of questions at Friday's special event. The catalog from this exhibition will also be available for the first time on Friday and can be signed by Kortman.
It is also a chance to see the retrospective of Michigan artist Kirk Newman's work. Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman is the final exhibition organized by the artist, who recently shut down his art studio and chose UICA to be the destination for the final show of his career. In the years to come, these art pieces on paper and 3-D works will be much harder to gather as the artist has done here. This rare gathering of many of his finest works makes this a must-see exhibition before it closes on Feb. 8, 2015.
These last two art shows also mark the final shows under exhibitions curator Alexander Paschka, who departed to take over as the WYCE Station Manager at Community Media Center last fall.