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Past Exhibitions: 2001

Plant Life: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

November 18, 2000-March 4, 2001
Works on Paper Gallery

Botanic forms have had a lasting presence within the visual arts. From the reeds and barley that circle the base of the ancient Mesopotamian Uruk Vase to contemporary interpretations of Van Gogh's convoluted sunflowers, the implications of plant images/view are many: fertile, pure, exotic, mad. Exotic and familiar, botanical forms are an eloquent representational strategy for visual artists. With enduring expressive power, plant life continues to be relevant to a variety of conceptual systems, even into the twenty-first century.