Join American artist Terry Rodgers and Johanna Burton, Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, for an illuminating conversation about contemporary art in the context of the recently published monograph, Sweet Illusion, the most comprehensive representation of Rodgers’s work to date.
Wexner Center for the Arts is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this program.
Rodgers has built an international career with large-scale paintings that portray contemporary body politics. His focus is on the isolation, uncertainty, overabundance, and confusion created by desire. With his figurative painting, he attempts to capture the complexity of the world we live in and the dichotomy between our inner life and our outer world of influences. Included in Sweet Illusion are paintings employing Rodgers’ distinctive cinematic aesthetic, as well as drawings, sculpture, photography, and more.
Rodgers has worked and lived in Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Ohio. His canvases are widely exhibited in museums and galleries and at art fairs across Europe and America. His first solo European museum exhibition opened May 2009. His work has also been represented in numerous museum group exhibitions. In 2007, his work appeared for the first time in Art Basel. And in 2005, three of his monumental figurative canvases were presented at the Bienal de Valencia. In the United States, he has had solo gallery exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago; and in Europe in Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, and Milan. He is inspired by the realism of Diego Velasquez and by the delicacy of Toulouse-Lautrec. Sweet Illusion is published by TORCH Books and Leica Store Lisse.
Johanna Burton is the Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Wexner Center, she held curatorial and educational positions at the New Museum, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Burton was a CCL (Center for Curatorial Leadership) Fellow in 2019. Burton has curated or co-curated exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and at the New Museum in New York. She is the editor or coeditor of several publications, most recently with Reina Gossett and Eric A. Stanley of Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility and with Lisa Phillips, Alicia Ritson, and Kate Wiener of Out of Bounds: The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker.