Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: A Multi-Dimensional Approach

June 24, 2018 - February 3, 2019

This exhibition features two-dimensional and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. Collector Karen Johnson Boyd supported artists working in craft media as well as those in photography, drawing, collage, painting, and printmaking. She collected contemporary printmakers in-depth, like noted Wisconsinites Warrington Colescott and Frances Myers, in addition to famed Madison-based painter and draftsman, John Wilde. Her strong interest in photography, as both a photographer and collector, led her to acquire works by celebrated artists such as Diane Arbus, Roy DeCarava, and Aaron Siskind. 

In some ways, Mrs. Boyd was revolutionary. Her trademark style—in terms of the work she collected and how she displayed it—was to blend all media together. For example, glass would be shown next to works on paper, baskets, ceramics, metals, and furniture. RAM’s approach to acquiring and displaying work is similar—two-and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media are shown together to demonstrate their commonalities.

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ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Rudy Autio, Sid Avery, Richard Bosman, Dale Chihuly, Chunghi Choo, Larry Clark, Francesco Clemnete, Deb Cocks, Ralston Crawford, Richard Diebekorn, Robert Frank, Lucian Freud, Lee Friedlander, Gregory M. Grenon, Jan Groover, Paul Horiuchi, Eikoh Hosoe, Michael Kenna, Mariko Kusumoto, John Lewis Conrad, Marvin Lipofsky, Tim Lowly, Sylvia Pliamck Mangold, Dante Marioni, Bruce Metcalf, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Hiromitsu Morimoto, Patrick Nagatani, Odd Nerdum, Albert Paley, Sylvia Plachy, Eliott Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, Eva Rubinstein, Italo Scanga, June Schwarcz, Michael Sherrill, Aaron Siskind, W. Eugene Smith, Ettore Sottsass, Therman Statom, Pat Steir. Geoff Thornley, Gianni Toso, Andree Tracey, Jerry N. Uelsmann, William Underhill, Tom Uttech, and Esteban Vicente

Mariko Kusumoto
Byobu, 2004-2006
Copper, nickel silver, brass, sterling silver, magnets, and artist-rendered decals
15 x 30 x 9 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray
Pitcher with Oval Handle, 1998
Sterling silver
5 7/16 x 5 x 4 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Chunghi Choo
Peace Lily, 1981
Silver-plated copper, edition 21/35
21 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Lucian Freud
Woman on a Bed,1991-92
Etching, edition 6/30
9 1/4 x 8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
 

Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: A Multi-Dimensional Approach is made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors
Friends of Fiber Art International

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
Tom and Irene Creecy
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
David Flegel
Richard and Diane Ruffo
Silver Sponsors
Evinrude Outboard Motors
Lucy Feller
Racine County
Bill and Mary Walker
Bronze Sponsors
John Cram and Matt Chambers
David and Ellen Easley
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William Guenther
Dorothy MacVicar
The Norbell Foundation
Janna and Dr. Edward Waldeck
Walmart
Media Sponsors