Where form meets function

Occupying a very special place in the art world, Sewell Sillwell is subject of the groundbreaking exhibition Pushing Boundaries, on view through April 18 at the Florence Griswold Museum and then moving south to the Ashville Museum of Art.

At the tail end of the 1940s, Stillwell headed to Black Mountain College. There, he would become protege to Josef Albers, the Bauhaus master. Absorbing Albers’ approach to color, drawing, and design, Stillwell embarked on a multifaceted career in the arts. He taught Yale and at RISD. He produced his own colorful abstractions in water color. And, as half of publishing firm Ives-Stillman created some of the most important artist portfolios and screen prints of his era – for the likes of Frank Stella, Joseph Lawrence and more.

The exhibition follows all of Stillwell’s endeavors in the art world, connecting them to their time and place and providing proper context for the activity. Complementing the exhibition is a very concise and beautifully articulated catalog. At 32 pages, the publication fits a remarkable amount of material in and stands as superb primer for Sillwell’s career.

A few images of Sewell Sillwell after the jump.

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