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The Exhibition "Dale Joe: Paintings" will be on view at the UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An exhibition of paintings by artist Dale Joe will be on view in the University of Iowa Museum of Art from Saturday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, March 14 in the museum's Carver Gallery. "Dale Joe: Paintings" will be open to the public free of charge.

An opening reception for this and other new exhibitions will be held in the museum 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Dale Joe will be present to give a gallery tour of the exhibition at 6 p.m.

Stephen Prokopoff will also present a gallery tour and give a talk on Joe's works and the sculptures of Barry Le Va at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series.

Joe's lyrical, subtle and usually monochromatic paintings are abstract in appearance yet often allude to the forms of nature and landscape. His art represents a fusion of the long history of Chinese-style painting and post-World War II American gestural abstraction.

Building on a rediscovery of Eastern heritage and on the explorations of pioneers Morris Graves and Mark Tobey, Joe was among a wave of young, mid-century Asian-Americans who sought ways to join the past and present in their work. They combined calligraphic skill with the more painterly practices of abstract impressionism, taking the open form of traditional Chinese painting and imbuing it with a Western resonance to suggest a continuity of events beyond the paintings' edges.

The developments begun by Joe and his contemporaries were eclipsed in the 1960s with the arrival of pop art, but new interest in these artists has recently emerged with an appreciation of their works' subtlety and elegance.

Prokopoff said, "It is a great pleasure to discover again this beautiful work in which nuance, mystery and personal sensibility go hand in hand."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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