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NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: "Le Va" is pronounced luh-VAY (rhymes with 'day').

Barry Le Va exhibition will open at the UI Museum of Art Jan. 23

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The exhibition "Barry Le Va: Sculpture and Drawings for Sculpture" will be on view at the University of Iowa Museum of Art from Saturday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, March 7 in the museum's North and East Galleries. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the UI Museum of Art, will present a gallery talk on the works of Le Va and Joe at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series.

Barry Le Va's sculpture has long been noted for its remarkable exploration of adventuresome formal ideas, ranging from the seemingly improvised installation pieces he created in the late 1960s to the geometric combinations and permutations that typify his recent work. As a principal reference in much of his work, Le Va uses the volume of the gallery space itself, particularly the floor, to suggest solidity and support and to reinforce the complex architectural character of his monumental sculpture.

The exhibition "Le Va: Sculpture and Drawings for Sculpture" will offer two large floor structures composed of combinations of geometric forms, as well as a group of large-scale drawings that help define the ideas behind the structures' design. The drawings are presented with a direct and vivid graphic sense.

Prokopoff stated, "Le Va has been a major innovative force in American art for more than three decades. This exhibition of recent work offers our public a sense of the intelligence and sense of exploration that are hallmarks of his art."

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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