Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 pm
Room 410, 808?Commonwealth Ave.
Part of the?Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series?at Boston University School of Visual Arts.
Marc Handelman is an American painter living and working in Brooklyn, New York known for large scale paintings, landscapes and abstract images. Drawing from popular cultural and art historical visual references, he crops, reframes, and deconstructs iconic images to explore politics, spirituality and ideology. Engaging themes such as the re-emergence of nineteenth-century landscape aesthetics in corporate advertising, political branding, white-nationalist mythology, settler-colonialism, and the essentialization of Nature, Handelman’s work questions the ways in which the omnipresence of these and other naturalisms obfuscate, aestheticize and legitimize forms of violence and oppression.
Handelman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) earning a BFA in Painting in 1998, with an Art History concentration. He spent two of those years at RISD at the European Honors Program, studying in Rome. In 2003, he was awarded an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. Handelman’s work has been shown internationally and has been featured in the USA Today exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. He has participated in exhibitions at several prominent commercial galleries such as Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York, and Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles. He is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York.