Brian Alfred, assistant professor of art and alumnus of the Penn State School of Visual Arts, has a solo exhibition, In Praise of Shadows, at Ameringer McEnery Yohe gallery in New York City through July 1, 2016. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Yundler Brondino Verlag featuring an essay by Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history at Penn State, and a conversation between the artist and the director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Eric Shiner. The catalogue was made possible in part by a College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Research Grant.
The paintings in the exhibition were made in response to Alfred’s month-long trip to Japan to research a project for the East Japan Railway Company. He created animations in relation to the Niigata area for the Genbi Shinkansen, a high-speed railway service (see https://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/alfred-contributes-artwork-japanese-high-speed-train). The pieces are all small works on canvas of views that Alfred found during his travels. The title of the show references Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s celebrated book of 1933, In Praise of Shadows.
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