Sep 7–Dec 4, 2011

Bill Walton’s Studio

Bill Walton

Bill Walton, 2011

Bill Walton”s Studio, 2011, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

Bill Walton, a commercial printmaker by trade and later an instructor at Moore College of Art and Design (1974-90), was often more interested in the materials used for printmaking—wood, lead, steel—than in the finished product. His studio contained an exhibition area so he could display his work in progress in order to judge whether or not it was finished, a crucial part of his studio practice. At the time of his death in 2010, Walton’s studio was a small miracle of order. Tools and materials were arranged as carefully as works of art. Indeed it was not always simple to tell the tools from the work, to judge whether an artful arrangement of screws and bolts was waiting to be used or to be admired. This exhibition re-creates the unique environment of the minimalist artist, a key figure in the Philadelphia art community for nearly 50 years.
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Wed, Sep 7, 2011, 5PM
Opening and Walkthrough: Fall 2011
Wed, Oct 19, 2011, 6:30PM
ICA Salon: Meeting Boundaries
Sat, Oct 29, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Tea & Conversation
Wed, Nov 2, 2011, 6:30PM
ICA Salon: Art in Transit/Art in Flux
Wed, Nov 16, 2011, 6:30PM
ICA Salon: Studio/Post Studio
Sat, Dec 3, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Tea & Conversation
Sun, Dec 4, 2011, 1PM
Excursus I: The Gift
Sun, Dec 4, 2011, 2PM
Bill Walton: Gifting the Studio
ICA is grateful to the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation for their generous support. We acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for the exhibition brochure, and are grateful to the DolfingerMcMahon Foundation for funding public educational programs in conjunction with this project. Additional support has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania. General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. We are grateful to John Ollman and the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery for their inkind support. ICA acknowledges Le Meridien Philadelphia as our official UnLock Art partner hotel.