Sat, Nov 09|
Cape Cod Museum of Art
The Low Down on the Long Point with speaker Grace Hopkins
Founded in 1977 by 13 Cape artists, this important cooperative gallery revitalized the Provincetown art colony, spawned new galleries, and attracted many dealers and collectors during its twenty-plus year heyday.
Time & Location
Nov 09, 2019, 1:00 PM
Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Ln, Dennis, MA 02638, USA
The influence of the Long Point Gallery became more clear as Provincetown, recognized in 2010 as “home of the nation’s oldest art colony” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, grew in in relevance.
Wellfleet abstract photographer Grace Hopkins is the daughter of one of the Long Point Galleries founders, Abstract Expressionist Budd Hopkins. Grace’s talk will integrate both a history of the gallery and storytelling gleaned from her long friendships with these important Provincetown artists.
Artist Grace Hopkins uses the tools of photography to create images that are relevant, provocative, and have the impact of paintings. Her works are conventional photographs that have as their motivation not subjects, but those elements that elevate the greatest paintings: surface, texture, shadow, light, and color. Her vision brings these works to a canvas in a way that is often indistinguishable from painting, creating something that is intellectually resonant in a way that traditional photographs are not.In a 2014 review of her work in The Banner, Susan Rand Brown called Hopkins: “A photographer with the eye and soul of a painter,” and said “Hopkins creates an image by isolating a fragment of something larger, perhaps a wall, textured and brightly lit, or flickering in shadow. Hopkins' images ask that we take nothing for granted. We are jolted into seeing the smallest detail, something we would rush past, as something unexpected, marvelous and, by Hopkins' positioning the camera just close enough to enlarge the image without distortion, something quite grand. Hers is a vision rooted in a pure form of abstract expressionism. The images she shoots suggest the sharply angled details of a Franz Kline, geometric shapes and flat colors of her father (Budd Hopkins) or a sudden burst of translucent layers, which could have been - but definitely are not - details from a collage by Robert Motherwell. Suddenly a viewer feels surrounded by the freshness of expressionist imagery and motion, each piece different, each piece allusive yet quite original.”
Currently Hopkins is the Director of the Berta Walker Galleries on Cape Cod and an international guidance counselor for the arts.
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