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Simon Dinnerstein Interrogates the Role of Art in Lived Human Experience

On view through January 6 in Reno, this exhibition presents the noted artist’s rarely seen “Fulbright Triptych” and several works from his expansive five-decade career.

Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych, 1971‐74, oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University
Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych (1971‐74), oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.

Simon Dinnerstein’s magnum opus The Fulbright Triptych recently made its West Coast debut as part of a traveling exhibition, The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych. The exhibition explores Dinnerstein’s creative arc from early, hyperrealist works to introspective and fantastical later works.

The Fulbright Triptych is a monumental three-part work measuring 14-feet across that Roberta Smith of The New York Times once described as “a crackling, obsessive showboat of a painting, dreamed up during a decade when the medium supposedly teetered on the brink of death.” The visually complex Triptych is part autobiographical essay, part homage to Renaissance artists, part reflection on historical legacies of the twentieth century, and part meditation on the power of images to inspire across time and place.

In addition to The Fulbright Triptych, the exhibition includes examples of Dinnerstein’s subtly evocative drawings and paintings which continually interrogate the role of art in lived human experience. The Lasting World seeks to provoke discussions about meaning, and how significance and relevance are constructed from different viewpoints.

Organized by the Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri and the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York, in collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art, The Lasting World launched an American tour in July 2017.

The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych is on view at the Nevada Museum of Art through January 6, 2019. An abridged version of the exhibition will be on view at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, as Revisiting the Fulbright Triptych, February 15–June 16, 2019.

 

Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych (detail), 1971‐74, oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University
Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych (detail) (1971‐74), oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.
Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych (detail), 1971‐74, oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University
Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych (detail) (1971‐74), oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.
Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych (detail), 1971‐74, oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University
Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych (detail) (1971‐74), oil on wood panels, 79 ½” x 168” framed and separated. Collection of the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.