Brief-description: 90th solo exhibition of more than 50 paintings and drawings, many of which have never been shown publicly before
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About: The journey of influential educator, internationally recognized master printer, and painter Harvey Breverman has coalesced into an unraveling series of episodes or sequence of meaningful units. The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State will present Breverman's 90th solo exhibition of more than 50 paintings and drawings, many of which have never been shown publicly before in Western New York.
The Contradictions of Being: Composite Works by Harvey Breverman will provide museumgoers with an investigation of alluring montage, uniting disparate elements in a composition.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1934, Breverman went to Carnegie-Mellon University where he received his B.F.A. in 1956. From 1956 to 1958 he served with Army Special Services in Korea, and in 1960 earned an M.F.A. from the Ohio University. The following year he moved to Buffalo hired to teach drawing at the University at Buffalo, promoted to full professor in 1969 and in 1999 to distinguished professor of art by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. He led the UB printmaking department until his retirement in 2005.
“The Discontinuous Sequence series, the focus of this exhibition created between 1970-1974, evolved in many ways as an immediate reaction to the Vietnam War political unrest on college campuses in the late 1960s and early 1970s,” said Tullis Johnson, exhibition curator and manager of archives. “Around the same time, Breverman sat on the committee that approved the inclusion of the department of media studies, founded by Gerald O’Grady, as a part of the UB School of Arts & Letters in 1973. The late Tony Conrad, a faculty member in that program, introduced him to the writings of Soviet film directors Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein. Eisenstein’s essay on the importance of montage, A Dialectic Approach to Film Form, was an important influence on work from this period.”