We are pleased to present this exhibition, Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape, of work by twenty-four international artists, artist collectives, and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of the landscape genre while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s attempts to represent, preserve, and ultimately control the natural environment. Through abstraction and simulation, parody and pastiche, the artists explore the ways in which we relate to the land, working in video, installation, videogames, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work. The project features the exhibition, related programs and events including an artist’s residency, a print and online catalogue, and a research and curatorial opportunity for an undergraduate at the University of Richmond.
Appreciation extends to all who have contributed both directly and indirectly to this exhibition, catalogue, and related programming. We thank the many artists, collectors, and gallery dealers and staff who not only lent the artwork for the exhibition but also assisted throughout in the formation of the project. The exhibition’s co-curator, N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University Museums, would especially like to thank the artists who participated in interviews for the catalogue. Extensive appreciation is also extended to Kenta Murakami, ’15, art history major and the 2014-2015 Curatorial Assistant in the University Museums, who has been an invaluable contributor to the entire project by assisting with curating the exhibition, conducting several interviews and writing essays, designing the online catalogue, and helping with additional promotional and programmatic activities. Thanks is also given to Kelly Gordon, Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, for her interviews with individual artists, and to Will Blanton and Lauren Vincelli for curating the video game portion of the exhibition as well as authoring an essay and organizing programming. Many other people contributed to the formation and completion of Anti-Grand; please see the full list of acknowledgments on the last page of the catalogue.
The exhibition, programs, and the accompanying publication are made possible in part with funding from the University of Richmond’s Cultural Affairs Committee, the Dean’s Office of the School of Arts and Sciences, the 2014-2015 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History in collaboration with University Museums, and the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund. The printed and online exhibition catalogues are made possible in part with support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.
At the University of Richmond, our special appreciation goes to Dr. Edward L. Ayers, President; Dr. Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Kathleen Roberts Skerrett, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, for their continuing guidance and support of the University Museums, comprising the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature.
As always, we give our thanks to the staff of the University Museums, each of whom has effortlessly and creatively mastered the logistical, technological, and communication challenges that this project required.