Who says that "wildlife art" is bland and passé? Easterners living within the sphere of greater New York and who appreciate the masterly contemporary irreverence of Walton Ford and Alexis Rockman should find the eccentricities of Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, a madcap Utahan, to be much to their liking.
The traveling exhibition, "Biodiversity in the Art of Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen" is now on display, through the end of March at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey—part of an enticing line-up of art events the Blauvelt has in store, says James Bellis, the museum's board chaiman.
"We're excited to have this prestigious exhibit at the Blauvelt. Brest van Kempen's work is known throughout the world and he brings a peculiar interpretation of nature," Bellis says. "This is truly an art event not to miss if you love wildlife, whether you make your home in the city or enjoy trekking in the wilderness." (Click on the artist's work, below, to make it bigger).
The show has been so popular that the Blauvelt has extended it through June 20, 2012, allowing tourists and college students in the Northeast to see it this summer.
David J. Wagner, curator of the exhibition, says of Brest van Kempen: "Since wildlife is central to the imagery of what he paints, Brest van Kempen is generally thought of as a "wildlife artist." But this is not how I think of him, nor how...
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Post Date:December 17th, 2010
'Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen tilts the natural world stightly askew and offers viewers a clearer exciting view of claw, fang, and talon. In this story, readers are treated to many works that are part of a national traveling tour. The exhibition is on display at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey through June 30, 2012.