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The installation by Tom Judd: "The Collection" is on view from September 18 - November 24, 2008 at the La Salle University Art Museum


Taking inspiration from the collection of the La Salle University Art Museum, Tom Judd’s installation responds to artworks in the museum by copying and transforming them. One of the Museum’s most striking pieces, a twentieth-century Cubist painting by Albert Gleizes, Man in Town, for example, is dramatically enlarged and cropped, while the eighteenth-century English oil painting of The Duchess of Sandwich by Sir Thomas Lawrence is rendered as a drawing. Similarly altered are the Dutch seventeenth-century pendant portraits by Thomas de Keyser of a husband and wife, who appear on an otherwise unpainted plywood panel, drawing attention to the original work’s wood panel support, and a three-dimensional wood African mask is treated as a two-dimensional painting on the front surface of a three-dimensional wooden box.

Judd reassembles his copies in what he describes as poetic relationships that ignore the original works’ historic and geographic differences. The artist asks us to reflect on the artificial nature in which Museums display their art and the role chance plays in the way their collections are assembled. Not only does the artist juxtapose Old Master paintings like those by the seventeenth-century Dutch artist Thomas De Keyser with a Modern, Cubist work, thereby highlighting the dramatic contrast in style between the two works, but he also inverts compositions so that De Keyser’s husband and wife now appear back to back instead of facing each other. The effect suggests that the two have just quarreled, but also gives new status to the wife, because the placement of the husband to the right of his wife is traditionally a privileged position and the figures are now reversed. Tom Judd’s interest in recycled materials is also evident in his use of found materials, including an old door, a piece of tin and other wood panels. The still-life by eighteenth-century French artist Henri de La Porte is painted on a piece of board that is partially covered by old wallpaper, an effect that both conveys a sense of the work’s past in a domestic setting and undermines the neutrality of the Museum’s white walls. Judd describes the process of combining the objects as a piece of complex choreography, adding: "I love to create interesting juxtapositions and to find the poetry in unexpected and incongruous relationships between images."

Judd first exhibited his art work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1979, where he was included in a survey show entitled "Contemporary Drawing: Philadelphia." Judd went on to exhibit his work in distinguished commercial galleries, primarily in New York, and in 1990, he had a ten-year retrospect at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He recently curated an exhibition in New York City with twelve invited artists entitled "The Chalk board Chronicles" and completed an exterior mural in Center City Philadelphia. His current show at the La Salle University Art Museum is his first solo exhibition at a university art museum.

The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on the campus of La Salle University at 19th St. and Olney Ave. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday and 2 to 4 PM on Sundays. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Classes and group visits by appointment. Special tours can be arranged. For further information call 215-951-1221 or visit our website at http://www.lasalle.edu/museum