Paul Evans (1931-1987), Armoire Cabinet (Argente) (PE 43), 1970, Welded and etched aluminum, colored pigments; 80 x 36 x 21 1/2 inches, Courtesy The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT. Photography by Richard Goodbody
Drawn primarily from private collections, Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism focuses on a designer craftsman who has attracted a worldwide collecting base and whose approach to furniture-making defied traditional notions of craft. The exhibition will open at the Michener Art Museum March 1, 2014 and travel to Cranbrook Art Museum to open there June 21, 2014
Publishing a catalogue to accompany the first retrospective of an artist’s work can present challenges, especially when most of the works are located in private collections dispersed across the United States and overseas. One challenge is the lack of professional photography of the work. Most museums have professional photography of their most prized works, but Paul Evans’s work is only just now beginning to be collected by museums. With some 65 works to illustrate in the exhibition catalogue, exhibition curator and Curator of Collections, Connie Kimmerle, has arranged photography by freelance photographers throughout the United States with their work being supplemented by photography provided by auction houses and galleries and a limited number of museums.
Many of the resulting images will now be used to illustrate Paul Evans’s work not only in the exhibition catalogue but also in the Michener’s exhibition website that focuses on the life and work of Paul Evans. Collectively, the images illustrate the wide-ranging scope of Evans work from his early days as a metalsmith to his mature years producing furniture and sculpture.
Detail photographs not only document the expressive painted and crusty textured surfaces and etched decorative patterns of his work of the 1960s, they also capture the shifting reflective metal surfaces of his work of the 1970s as well as the diverse finishes found on cabinets’s interiors and the manner in which both Evans and his shop workers signed the work. Visit some of his work currently on view in the exhibit, Intelligent Design.