Post #915 • November 30, 2006, 11:19 AM • 6 Comments
Cambridge, MA — Nestled atop MIT's Sloan School of Management lies an exhibition space. A former office worker's longtime effort to keep the handsome academic offices overlooking the Charles plied with art became a regular program of the List, and thus the Dean's Gallery came into being. Through January 15, 2007, it's showing "Neil Welliver: Prints from the Maine Landscape," a handsome series of color silkscreens dating from the early 1970s. The forced restraints of printmaking suited his style, cutting down on the excessive busy-ness that sometimes looks bothersome in his paintings. He could pare down when he wanted to: the prints show great canniness in their simplicity, creating atmospheric effects and lush dimensionality in a medium given to neither. The best of the bunch depicts elms in a dense forest, their white trunks launching blank paper into the foreground, although a few others, including the one below, were equally delightful.