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Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: A Multi-Dimensional Approach

  • 441 Main Street Racine, WI, 53403 (map)

This exhibition features two-dimensional and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. Collector Karen Johnson Boyd supported artists working in craft media as well as those in photography, drawing, collage, painting, and printmaking. She collected contemporary printmakers in-depth, like noted Wisconsinites Warrington Colescott and Frances Myers, in addition to famed Madison-based painter and draftsman, John Wilde. Her strong interest in photography, as both a photographer and collector, led her to acquire works by celebrated artists such as Diane Arbus, Roy DeCarava, and Aaron Siskind. 

In some ways, Mrs. Boyd was revolutionary. Her trademark style—in terms of the work she collected and how she displayed it—was to blend all media together. For example, glass would be shown next to works on paper, baskets, ceramics, metals, and furniture. RAM’s approach to acquiring and displaying work is similar—two-and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media are shown together to demonstrate their commonalities.

Exhibition Notes
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Diane Arbus, Rudy Autio, Hannelore Baron, Jack Beal, Ruth Bernhard, Bill Brandt, Paul Caster, Louisa Chase, Dale Chihuly, Chunghi Choo, Deb Cocks, John N. Colt, Roy DeCarava, Richard Diebenkorn, Llyn Foulkes, Lee Friedlander, Emmet Gowin, Gregory M. Grenon, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Eikoh Hosoe, Yvonne Jacquette, Michael Kenna, Mariko Kusumoto, Armin Landeck, John Conrad Lewis, Marvin Lipofsky, Tim Lowly, Danny Lyon,  Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Bruce Metcalf, Duane Michals, Lee Miller, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Hiromitsu Morimoto, Robert Motherwell, Mimmo Paladino, Albert Paley, Larry Rivers, Eva Rubinstein, June Schwarcz, Michael Sherrill, Aaron Siskind, Eugene W. Smith, Ettore Sottsass, Therman Statom, Saul Steinberg, Wayne Thiebaud, Gianni Toso, Jerry N. Uelsmann, William Underhill, Tom Uttech, and Alfred Wertheimer.