Object Lesson (Grays in Translation)
John Newman’s Object Lesson, a gift to the Museum from Agnes Gund, is a beautiful and sensuous exploration of the alchemical-like transformation of the properties of form, material and color. It is also a quirky and non-pedantic lesson in sculpture. Each of the five objects, all made in a similar size and shape, were created of a different material with distinct tactile qualities: resin, felt, aluminum, wood, and paper. The lesson continues as each of the five sculptures is in a different shade of gray, progressing from dark to light.
Newman is a New York-based artist with a long and prestigious career with more than 50 solo exhibitions to date. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate, London. He is the former Director of Graduate Studies at the Yale School of Art.