UP CLOSE: Ross Bleckner

Curator Ed Schad discusses artist Ross Bleckner’s work Unknown Quantities of Light (Part IV) (1988). Bleckner’s painting blends abstraction with recognizable symbols to create meditations on perception, transcendence, and loss. As the AIDS health crisis began to take its toll on society and on many of Bleckner’s friends and colleagues, his paintings became elegies to specific losses suffered and reflections on bereavement. Bleckner’s Unknown Quantities of Light (Part IV) shows how absorptive abstraction can be and can take up our concerns and lives.

Featuring The Broad’s curators, Up Close is a series that takes a deeper look at artists and works in the Broad collection, which is notable for the exceptional depth of its holdings and dedication to the full arc of artists’ careers.

Ross Bleckner’s works are now on view through October 3 in The Broad’s special collection exhibition Invisible Sun: https://www.thebroad.org/invisiblesun

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