In Karla Black: 20 Years, fifteen of Black’s sculptures are installed alongside paintings and sculptures selected by the artist from the Art Center’s permanent collections. Black’s work is deeply influenced by the history of art, particularly 20th-century American art. The dialogue among the works of art here not only invites new encounters with the familiar, but also makes space for improvisation and questions.⠀
In conjunction with the exhibition, Floor Drawing #19 (Sentences III) is on view in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery through May 17. Exemplifying a common theme in Tuttle’s art, Floor Drawing #19 investigates the interaction between a work of art and its surrounding space. A part of the Postmodernist tradition, Tuttle’s work uses a wide assortment of found materials, such as light bulbs and plywood, to explore and enhance the relationship between art and everyday existence. This taste for commonplace materials, coupled with an appreciation for handmade, modest structures, has proved influential to a large number of younger artists. #KarlaBlackDMAC
Floor Drawing #19 (Sentences III), 1989
Acrylic paint, wood, ceramic light fixtures, natural canvas
72 x 42 x 35 in.
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 2000.16