The Conversation Continues and Familiar Mysteries A Dual-Exhibition Fall-Season Opener


ORLANDO, September 9, 2016 – This fall the Orlando Museum of Art presents two new exciting exhibitions: The Conversation Continues: Highlights from the Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett and Familiar Mysteries: Paintings by Matthew Capaldo. The dual exhibition opening will be celebrated with a reception on September 16, 2016 at 6:30pm. New York collectors James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett, along with Sue Scott, guest curator of The Conversation Continues, and artist Matthew Capaldo will all be in attendance that evening.

The Conversation Continues: Highlights from the Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett
September 16, 2016 – January 1, 2017

“James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett have been building an extraordinary collection of contemporary art for more than 40 years” said Glen Gentele, Director and CEO, Orlando Museum of Art. It is a collection that not only represents the period’s most important artists, but also reflects the collectors’ passion for discovering new talent and making commitments to challenging work, before it is critically proven. Their high regard for the artists they collect is often demonstrated by long personal friendships and a practice of collecting an artist’s work in depth over time. These lasting relationships have resulted in many life-long conversations that have shaped and enriched the collection.

As young collectors living in New York in the 1970s, Cottrell and Lovett became intrigued by a new generation of artists soon to gain international attention. Among their early acquisitions were works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Donald Baechler who were energizing the art world with their raw and expressive paintings. These were followed by acquisitions of work by other artists who would also become iconic figures of the period such as David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Deborah Kass, Cindy Sherman and Malcolm Morley.
“This is a collection that starts with, and is sustained by, the act of looking,” says Cottrell. “We have to like what we are looking at.” While the works in the collection must be strong visual statements, Cottrell notes, “It becomes important to understand what the artists are about, the journey they are on and what they are doing with their lives.”

The Conversation Continues: Highlights from the Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett was organized by the Orlando Museum of Art, with Sue Scott as guest curator. It brings together a new selection of work that builds upon the exhibition, Co-Conspirators: The Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett.

Familiar Mysteries: Paintings by Matthew Capaldo
September 16 – November 27, 2016

Matthew Capaldo’s figurative paintings present psychologically charged narratives of contemporary life, balancing a tension between flux and stillness, saturation and transparency. Using imaginative elements, personal photographs and stills adapted from film and popular media, his paintings depict scenes in which individuals or groups are engaged in situations that appear both mysterious and strangely familiar. His paintings explore the relationship of the self to others and the shifting nature of the individual both within and apart from society. Often the work is imbued with an underlying tone of reflection and nostalgia. “I’m referencing the past and external, seemingly unrelated images to reveal an internal landscape guided by personal symbolism,” explains Capaldo.

Familiar Mysteries: Paintings by Matthew Capaldo is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and curated by Hansen Mulford. It presents work drawn from private collections in Central Florida and nationwide. This exhibition is part of the Encounter Series, an initiative of the Orlando Museum of Art that showcases notable artists who have contributed to the cultural life of our community and beyond.

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Image credits (from top to bottom):

Deborah Kass, Jim and Joe, 1993, silkscreen on canvas, 40 x 55 in., Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett. Artwork © Deborah Kass/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy of Raymond Martinot.

Matthew Capaldo, wild west hero (repose), 2016, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in., Courtesy of the artist. © Matthew Capaldo. Image courtesy of the artist. 

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