Art News: Clayton Brothers: Inside Out & Pablo Picasso In The Artist’s Studio

31 Aug


Clayton Brothers: Inside Out, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, is a a new major exhibition that presents twenty-six paintings and three mixed-media installations created collaboratively by brothers Rob and Christian Clayton.

The Clayton Brothers construct complex narratives that introduce memorable characters and comment wryly on contemporary life.

Born, respectively, in 1963 and 1967, Rob and Christian Clayton spent most of their childhood in Colorado. However, several family vacations took them to California, where they were drawn to the state’s edgy cultural energy. Among the influences often ascribed to the Clayton Brothers are skateboard and surf culture, punk rock, folk art, cartoons, and street art. The brothers acknowledge these influences; as Rob Clayton states, “Maybe they’re exactly on the mark, because what we’re doing is filtering the world around us.”

Rob and Christian initially maintained separate studio practices, while also taking on design, illustration, and advertising projects. With these commercially oriented projects, they often felt the frustration of having their most interesting ideas and imagery rejected. “It was always a challenge for us to have our vision approved within the scope of a given assignment,” Christian Clayton says. “It seemed that our ideas were too outside the norm.”

Stephen Fleischman, the museum director, says the work of the Clayton Brothers has “consistently been informed by vivid color and an eccentric cast of characters.  The result is an obsessively rich body of work that strikes universal chords, but remains deeply personal. Front and center are the unique people, animals, and places that occupy the outskirts of the American psyche.”

The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s main galleries from September 12, 2010, through January 2, 2011.


Pablo Picasso Graphics Museum, Münster, is focusing on the theme of the studio picture in the works of Picasso. “I don’t say everything, but I paint everything,” the artist is purported to have said once. The studio pictures are among the most intimate things the artist ever revealed about himself. It is a recurring theme in the work of the great Spaniard.

The exhibition “Pablo Picasso – In the Artist’s Studio” covers a period of almost 70 years of artistic creation, beginning with two drawings from the early work of the artist and ending with the erotically charged works of the late 60s.

Some 160 paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphics and photographs are exhibited in Münster.  The exhibition will run through November 21, 2010. Read whole article: artdaily

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