June 26 – August 10, 2008
The University Art Museum is pleased to present the second exhibition in the Hampton series, Al Held: The Evolution of Style. Held, who demonstrates an intriguing transition from gestural painting typical of the Abstract Expressionist movement to intricate geometric imagery, bridges Modernism with contemporary painting. The 25 works in the exhibition span from the year 1958 to 2005, including one of Held’s last two public commissions, a series of watercolor studies for the stained glass windows installed in the United States Courthouse in Orlando, Florida in 2006. In addition to the eight Held works in the UAM Hampton Collection of American Paintings, the exhibition includes works on loan from the Al Held Foundation, Inc., Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Crown Point Press, Manny Silverman Gallery, the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, and private collectors.