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The Jewel Thief

Posted: 01/07/2011

Abstract artworks by more than 50 artists are featured in The Jewel Thief, on view at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery until Feb. 27, 2011. The goal of the exhibition—co-curated by Ian Berry, Malloy Curator at the Tang, and Jessica Stockholder of Yale University—is to provoke new ways to experience and think about abstract art.

Roughly half the works in the exhibition are from the Tang Museum's permanent collection, while the others are borrowed from artists across the country, some of whom have designed and installed pieces made specifically for the Tang gallery spaces. The works include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles, wallpaper, furniture, and chandeliers.

The exhibition certainly has the art world writing about abstract art and the Tang show. In a Jan. 7, 2011 New York Times review, critic Holland Carter called the exhibition “vibrant.” He cited two sculptures by Stockholder for special mention and noted that such shows “assure that art in its many forms is productively refreshed and promoted.”

Click here to read The New York Times review.

In a wonderful coincidence, the journal Art in America also published a review Jan. 7 of The Jewel Thief.  Critic Nancy Princenthal wrote, “Assembled from unlike parts—just like Stockholder’s own sculptures—The Jewel Thief is a sharply faceted and deeply luminous whole.” Click here for the complete article.

For more information on the exhibition, including interviews with the curators and artists, please visit the Tang web site here