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Exhibition Reception, An Artist + A Poet: George Nama and Charles Simic

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

George Nama. Study for Wonders of the Invisible World and Other Poems, by Charles Simic, 2005. Gouache with black chalk, 8 1/4 x 6 7/8 in. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Shepherd & Derom Galleries, New York.  

Exhibition Reception, An Artist + A Poet: George Nama and Charles Simic

The works of artist George Nama and poet Charles Simic are the subject of an exhibition at the Boston Athenæum’s Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery. The exhibition will feature a selection of Nama’s recent etchings, sculptures, gouaches, and artist’s books that have been inspired by and give visual illumination to Simic’s poetry.

George Nama is a New York artist who specializes in expressive, abstracted figures rendered in a variety of media that interpret the works of major writers such as Charles Simic, Yves Bonnefoy, and Alfred Brendel. Nama’s first, one-artist exhibition was held at the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, in 1963; since then he has had shows at Shepherd & Derom Galleries in New York, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, and in galleries in Brussels, Munich, and Paris, among others. His works are in major institutions both in this country and abroad, including the Boston Athenæum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, and Yale University Art Gallery. He was also on the faculty of the School of the National Academy of Design in New York. Nama’s versatility and generosity have made him the perfect mentor and teacher to new generations of artists. He lives near Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island.

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has been honored with a Wallace Stevens Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two PEN Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Since 1967, he has published numerous collections of poems, the latest of which, That Little Something, was released in the spring of 2008. A collection entitled Sixty Poems was published in honor of his appointment as United States Poet Laureate. He has also published a number of prose books, most recently Memory Piano (2006), and has translated the works of Yugoslavian poets such as Ivan Lalic, Vasko Popa, Tomasz Salamun, and Aleksandar Ristovic. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and is the poetry editor of The Paris Review.

This exhibition is organized by the Boston Athenæum and curated by David B. Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture and Head of the Art Department.

To Reserve: Reservations are not required. Opening reception is open to the public.

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