The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The Abstract Art of David Headley

David Headley, Axioms, Enigmas & Variation: Opus 59, 2011, acrylic on canvas.

May 24 – October 21, 2012

Opening Reception/Meet the Artist – Thursday, May 24, 5 – 7 pm

UAMA highlights abstract art in the Main Gallery for the summer of 2012, featuring the four triptychs of New York artist, David Headley. Each is 36 feet wide and a discrete exploration of the endless possible combinations of color, form and gesture. Headley has undertaken to produce one hundred and twenty giant triptychs. There is an order and plan to the project that is not visible in these few works, but to exhibit the entire series would require the length of 16 football fields. To date sixty‐nine have been completed.

Why tryptychs? Headley states, “The triptych format came to me in 2008 as the ideal vehicle to unleash and then contain the pent-up, unwieldy range of my abstract painting impulses. Largescale triptychs give me the latitude to think out loud on each successive canvas; to say “Yes, No, Maybe,” in picture after picture.

Interestingly, the artist cannot install an entire triptych in his own studio, and has to work on each section independently. His brilliance in keeping each triptych – much less the entire series – in full in his mind is an extraordinary accomplishment in itself. When the canvases are compiled together, the triptychs expand to envelop the viewer. The paintings emanate color, vibrating with playful energy as they draw us into a world of floating forms.

UAMA is thrilled to bring a sample of Headley’s work to Tucson to demonstrate the depth and variety of Headley’s explorations.

The David Headley exhibition opens with a public reception and “Meet the Artist” opportunity on May 24 from 5 – 7 pm in the UAMA Main Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. The Headley exhibition coincides with Sol LeWitt Days. Spend the summer in the University of Arizona Museum of Art and immerse yourself in the power of abstract art!