McNay Art Museum Presents ARTMATTERS 16: John Fraser


Posted on November 08, 2016 by Daniela


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McNay Art Museum Presents ARTMATTERS 16: John Fraser
September 28, 2016 | January 8, 2017 

The 16th presentation of the McNay Art Museum’s ARTMATTERS series focuses on contemporary assemblage, sculpture, and collages by artist John Fraser. 

San Antonio, TX- The McNay Art Museum presents a range of John Fraser’s exquisitely crafted objects in the exhibition ARTMATTERS 16: John Fraser. This survey is the first exhibition to explore 25 years of John Fraser’s art, with works drawn from the McNay’s holdings, as well as select museum and private collections.

Fraser makes quietly compelling, intellectually focused works, taking the form of three-dimensional sculpture or two-dimensional collage, or straddling between the two.

Trained as a painter, Fraser constructs his low relief panels and fully dimensional objects in a way that places emphasis on both their overall form and their delicate texture. Changes in the work come slowly over time and at a measured pace, driven by the artist’s working process of selecting and combining materials and found objects.

The McNay’s collection includes 10 examples by Fraser, dating from the mid-1980s through 2005; four of these works are included.

About John Fraser

John Fraser was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Although photography was his earliest concentration, Fraser currently works in a range of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and collage.

Since 1979, Fraser’s work has been featured in group exhibitions throughout the United States, and internationally in Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland. He has regularly had solo exhibitions throughout the United States and in Canada and Germany since 1980. Currently he is represented in Chicago by Zolla/Lieberman Gallery.

Fraser’s work is found in national and international museum and private collections.


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