Art 52 Gallery

Open for special Galley Events only

 

Gallery hours
10–12 am 2–4 pm 7–9 pm

52 E. Briggs Ave
Fairfield, Iowa 52556 

Hudson Collection

The Hudson Collection at ICON Gallery

ICON Gallery is pleased to announce the significant exhibition Anonymous Shiva Linga Paintings: The Hudson Collection, a selection of Tantric images made by anonymous painters from Rajasthan, India. The exhibit opens on First Friday, March 1st. This exhibition has been made possible by the very generous donation of the Hudson Collection to ICON’s permanent collection by Patricia Hudson, James Hudson, and Thomas Hudson. Additional support for the exhibition was provided by David T. Hanson. This is possibly the finest collection of Shiva Linga paintings in the country. A portion of this collection was included in the prestigious 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.icon gallery; shiva linga; art
On Thursday, March 14th, University of Iowa Professor Frederick Smith, will give a lecture “The Form of No Forms: Placing Shiva Paintings in Context” at ICON. Professor Smith gave this lecture in Pennsylvania when the collection toured the country in 2013.
“We are extremely grateful to the Hudson Family for gifting this prize collection to ICON,” says ICON Director Bill Teeple. “NY gallery owner Hudson passed way in 2014. He was a friend to Fairfield and ICON. I feel that he is happy that his personal collection has found a home at ICON.”
Each of the 67 paintings in the exhibition depicts the “Shiva linga” on a page-size sheet of antique paper. The Sanskrit word “lingam,” originally meaning “mark” or “sign,” often refers to the phallus or symbol of male creative energy that is complementary to the “yoni,” which means both “source” and “female.” Unlike sculptural “Shiva linga,” which are commonly phallic in shape, the linga in these paintings are ovoid and accrue some of the symbolic associations of the “egg-shaped cosmos” — the idea of the “hiranyagarbha,” the “golden womb” or “golden egg” that represents the birth of the cosmos and the source of all energy. The images are intended to awaken heightened consciousness.
The French scholar André Padoux has described these images as “painted silences, the simple revelation of pure consciousness. . . . Artless, modest in appearance as they may seem, these lingas can induce a vision of the infinite.”
Despite their expression of an unbroken, centuries-old tradition, the works that comprise this exhibition (made between 1966 and 2004) convey a surprising freshness and immediacy. Possessing an uncanny affinity with examples of twentieth-century abstract art, they are coveted both in India and in the West.
Hudson (1950-2014), the founder of the gallery Feature Inc., who went by one name, became one of the most prescient, independent-minded and admired gallerists of his generation. He was an artists’ dealer, a stalwart and uncompromising champion of the artists he believed in. Like Alfred Stieglitz, Betty Parsons, Richard Bellamy, shivalinga; artand other earlier New York dealers, Hudson was part aesthete, part pedagogue, part artist, and part nurturer of artists. Without seeming to try, Hudson built not an empire but a community of students, artists, critics, curators, and art lovers who respected his independence and were educated by his eye.

ICON Gallery

58 N. Main St
Fairfield, IA 52556 

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Fairfield Art Association Galleries & Studio

Fairfield Art Association Galleries & Studio
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
200 N. Main, Fairfield, Iowa 52556
www.fairfieldacc.com/artgallery.html

FAA Volunteer Director Suzan Bates Kessel
Phone: 472-2000 FACC, or 472-5374 Home
suzan1252@aol.com or faa@fairfieldacc.com

Founded in 1966 to foster art in Fairfield and the surrounding area, the FAA is a membership non-profit organization. This Art Association curates exhibits year around in the FACC. The Main Gallery features works of Iowa, regional, national amp; international artists, and the Corridor Gallery presents the FAA "Permanent Collection" featuring well known Iowa Artists since the 1960's. There is also a "Fairfield Artists' Studio Gallery" where local artists can sell original art work. A spacious Studio Workshop provides regular art classes for children and adults, beginners and professional artists in a variety of media.

Main Location

200 N. Main
Fairfield, IA 52556 

Americus Diamond Gallery

Americus Diamond Gallery
100 West Burlington
641-472-2082
kimkufner@hotmail.com
Proprietor: Kim Kufner

Beautiful oak floors and high ceilings provide a backdrop for artist Kris Kufner's oil paintings. Three large gallery spaces, located on the square, also feature a rotating show of local artists.

Hours:

Tue-Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fri: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun-Mon: CLOSED

Main Location

100 West Burlington
Fairfield, IA 52556