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Holt Quentel

Nov 15, 2013-Jan 19, 2014

Artist Holt Quentel achieved recognition in the late 1980s for her paintings made from distressed tarpaulins stenciled with letters and symbols. At Stux Gallery in New York in 1990, Quentel presented an exhibition of twenty-one modified side chairs, designed by Charles Eames and mass-produced by Herman Miller, embellished by kitschy fabric coverings, Grateful Dead stickers, and other decals. Falling somewhere between the readymade and found object assemblage, Quentel’s sculptures personalized these highly uniform icons of modern design, touching on what she described as “the contradictions inherent in the utopian desire to create a universal commodity” and ironically addressing the social implications of the modernist aesthetic. Shortly after this exhibition, the artist absented herself from the art world.

Despite the mystery surrounding her exile, Quentel and her works have maintained a cult following, existing as a vital, if underground, presence. Now twenty-three years later, the Aspen Art Museum brings these objects back together again for the artist’s first solo museum presentation, reopening this little-known body of work to new discourse and new evaluation.

Holt Quentel's exhibition is organized by the AAM and funded in part by the AAM National Council. General exhibition support is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Exhibition lectures are presented as part of the Questrom Lecture Series, and educational outreach programming is made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.