Current Exhibitions

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Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings
April 15–October 22, 2017

Nationally recognized contemporary artist Elise Adibi melds an interest in formal structure with an interest in exploring our connection to nature. At the Frick, this will be the basis for an installation in our greenhouse creating a living environment of plants and paintings. The inspiration for this project developed from Adibi’s frequent use of plant materials and organic matter in her studio practice. Her paintings often incorporate pigments formulated from plant oils to create a multi-sensory experience of form, color and scent. Adibi will work with the innate characteristics of the greenhouse—making use of the natural light, seasonal changes, and elevated humidity to both display and transform her artwork. Planned as a series of paintings installed to surround the viewer and coexist with the plants, Respiration Paintings explores the interconnection and intimate relationship between art, nature and people. Organized by The Frick Pittsburgh.

Free admission.

A 20‐page, full‐color, illustrated booklet accompanies the exhibition. It includes an introduction by Frick Executive Director Robin Nicholson, a contextual essay by Frick Chief Curator & Director of Collections Sarah Hall, and an essay by the artist. The publication is available for purchase at the Frick Museum Store. Cost: $5 ($4.50 for Frick members)

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Lace and Luxury: Examples from The Frick Pittsburgh’s Costume Collection
September 1, 2017–January 7, 2018
The Frick Art Museum

Lace was the ultimate fashion accessory during the Gilded Age. Lace has been an elegant indicator of wealth and prestige since the 16th century. Handmade lace was laborious to produce, requiring time and a high level of skill that made lace available only to royalty or the fabulously wealthy. Industrial advances of the 19th century enabled the creation of inexpensive laces accessible to a broader market. Although machine lace dominated the 19th-century market, a demand for handmade lace continued in the luxury trade. As machine made lace became more common in the late 19th century, an interest in collecting and refashioning antique lace arose among wealthy women. Adelaide Howard Childs Frick, whose garments are featured in this focus installation, was fond of lace embellishment and her fashion choices projected a refined elegance typical of the period. The lavish lace on view displays both machine made and exquisitely crafted handmade examples. Free admission.

Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings. Photograph by Richard Stoner

Elise Adibi, Rose Grid, 2017

Elise Adibi, Wolf Moon Painting, 2017

Elise Adibi, Oxidation Painting, 2016

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