Peter Sacks

Peter Sacks

Peter Sacks

John P. Marquand Professor of English

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PETER SACKS’ paintings are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museums of Fine Arts in Boston and Houston.  An exhibition of his work is running through December 29, 2012 at Paul Rodgers/9W, 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY.

“From afar it looks like an Abstract Expressionist painting: a large triptych with a textured off-white surface imprinted, in part, with a floral motif and dotted with over a dozen irregular shapes—trapezoids, triangles, would-be pentagons—rising elegantly from the surface. Get up close, however, and the painting reveals itself to be an intricate collage layered with paint, fabric, lace, embroidery, wood, cardboard, and other materials. Much of the fabric comes from shrouds and shirts. Some of it looks like the gauze used to bandage wounds. Long passages from the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Enuma Elish, a Mesopotamian creation myth, and from the International Committee of the Red Cross’s ICRC 2004 report on the treatment of prisoners of war in Baghdad have been typed out onto columns of linen.”  More.

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