Artist Barry Nemett’s “From Italy: Paintings and Drawings” on Exhibit

Teaneck, N.J. (March 30, 2009)—“From Italy: Paintings and Drawings,” an exhibit by former Bergen County resident Barry Nemett, is on display at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus through April 24.

Nemett, who is chair of the painting department at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), will exhibit large-format works inspired by his trips to Umbria, Italy, where he teaches at an international art school each summer.

Nemett’s primary concern as an artist is the “the patterns and shimmering surface of life,” he says. “The surface of a situation lives through its shimmer. Inexhaustibly layered by what is in front weaving into what is in back, that shimmer is lit by intricate blends of shallows and depths, by one rhythm responding to the beat of another, by what is felt stroking what is seen.

“My landscapes may piece together half a dozen panels based on a dozen or more sites. I draw and paint from life, but the places I portray do not exist, at least not all at once. I make them up as I go.”

The exhibition is part of a two-year traveling show of Nemett’s work, with stops scheduled in Europe and Asia as well. A full-color book of his paintings and drawings, with some excerpts from his writings, will be released this year.

Nemett is known for his writings in addition to his artwork. In 2007, he published Crooked Tracks (Barnhardt & Ashe), a coming-of-age tale set in the 1960s that interweaves color reproductions of classical and contemporary masterworks with a compelling narrative. Nemett is also the author of a textbook, Images, Objects and Ideas: Viewing the Visual Arts (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992).

Nemett, who has an MFA in painting from Yale, has been a faculty member at MICA since 1971 and chair of the painting department since 1992. He has won a Ford Foundation grant to Italy and a Fulbright ITT Travel Fellowship to Spain; in 2007, he was awarded a Trustee Fellowship from MICA for excellence in teaching. Raised in Maywood and Bergenfield, N.J., he now lives outside of Baltimore.

The “From Italy” exhibit, free and open to the public, is in FDU’s University College Art Gallery, Room 11 in University Hall, River Road, Teaneck. A closing reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, from 3–7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For further information, call (201) 692-2801.

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