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Perceivable Realities

September 22 – November 10, 1994


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Artists included in this exhibition: Louis Michel Eilshemius, Morris Graves, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Pavel Tchelitchew

Perceivable Realities features major works by four artists who defy categorization; Louis Michel Eilshemius, Morris Graves, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Pavel Tchelitchew.

To simplify and clarify the study of art, historians have created precise categories such as "social realism", "Surrealism" and "abstract expressionism", at the expense of many artists like Eilshemius,

Graves, Tanner, and Tchelitchew, whose work is impossible to limit to specific aesthetic groups or movements. These artists stand very much alone, transcending fabricated parameters, and are often excluded from art historical discussions as a result of their individuality.

Though unaffiliated, Eilshemius, Graves, Tanner, and Tchelitchew are spiritually bound by their compelling need to paint a personal and distinctive vision. They were driven by their own poetic impulses, setting themselves apart from the mainstream as each pursued his own perceivable reality.