Ruth Root


Carnegie Museum of Art
April 19, 2019 – August 25, 2019

The 81st installment of CMOA’s Forum series will debut a new body of work by acclaimed New York–based painter Ruth Root.

With a jolt of pattern and shape, Root’s eccentric paintings dazzle and perplex with their play of geometry, color, and found images. These new works are composed of two parts involving a shaped panel painted with acrylic and spray paint suspended from a flexible sewn form covered with the artist’s own fabric designs. Incorporating found imagery from news media, art history, online search engines, and objects from CMOA’s own collection, Root creates eye-popping patterns. Physically and visually unruly, these large-scale works push the boundaries of the medium and embrace the complexities of the visible world.

CMOA’s Forum series is a dynamic program of exhibitions by some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists hosted in a dedicated gallery located just off the museum’s main lobby. For over 25 years, the series has presented more than 80 exhibitions since its inception, many of which have been museum debuts for artists who have gone on to achieve international renown.

Curator: Eric Crosby with Hannah Turpin.

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