WRITER: NICK DELO
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
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
Prokopoff said, "It is a great pleasure to discover again this
beautiful work in which nuance, mystery and personal sensibility go 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.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events