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Chance, Choice – Ralph Coburn in Context

Saturday, December 15

3:00 p.m. Lectures, Readings, Films

An illustrated talk by Karen Quinn, Kristin and Roger Servison Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This program is free for members or with Museum admission; reservations required.

Quinn will explore Coburn's innovative techniques, his design background and time at M.I.T., the role of his work in influencing art trends in Boston, New York and Europe and the role of Cape Ann as the subject of so much of his art.

Ralph Coburn, Folly Cove 7, 1980. Acrylic on Paper. Gift of Bernard Chaet Lacey, 1992.

Ralph Coburn remains one of the region’s most prominent artists, while still one of Cape Ann’s best kept secrets. Many will know of Ralph Coburn from his work Blue, White, Green, installed in the new American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While he explored notions of “automatic” drawing or drawing by chance, Coburn maintained a degree of control over his compositions, often relying on a grid penciled on the paper or the canvas. The grid gave structure to his work or, at the very least, the sense that order could be achieved if so desired. Coburn referred to his work as “arranged by choice,” rather than simply by chance. His exhibit will be on display until January 31, 2013.

Image: Ralph Coburn, Folly Cove 7, 1980. Acrylic on paper. Gift of Bernard Chaet Lacey, 1992.

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