White Symphonies and Red Flowers: Color Abstraction of Natvar Bhavsar

  • 06/07/2014 - 10/05/2014
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
  • Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors; $3 students and youth 5-17; SATURDAYS FREE FOR EVERYONE
  • Venue: Wichita Art Museum
  • 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203
  • P316-268-4921
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Following exhibitions at the 2009 Venice Biennale and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Natvar Bhavsar is a world-renowned abstract painter. Yet, it was Wichita Art Museum that first recognized Bhavsar's unique vision, giving him his first one-person museum exhibition in 1979. Bhavsar begins his work by laying a monumental canvas, soaked with acrylic binder, on the ground. Moving back and forth and around the canvas, the artist showers clouds of dry pigment onto the prepared surface. Bhavsar notes that his canvases invite the viewer to explore their own feelings and thoughts kindled by the pure visual language of color. Former Wichita Art Museum director Howard Wooden perhaps described Bhavsar's work best, noting, "If you have to classify him, he is an abstract expressionist but his work is unique. [His paintings] always remind me of the state of mind just before you awaken from a dream."

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