The more one makes a definitive statement the more abstract it becomes. I try to pare down the images to their essence and capture the fleeting aspect of reality pitting the gesture against the geometric, the gesture being the fluidity of the human against the geometry of the object. – Donald Sultan
Donald Sultan at the Asheville Art Museum
Donald Sultan was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. His works are a part of the Asheville Art Museum’s permanent collection, and will be on exhibit when the museum reopens on November 14, 2019. The museum has been under construction for three years, a remodel that exceeded the $24 million original estimated cost.
Donald Sultan’s work is part of Intersections in American Art, an exhibit that was put together by a team of scholars, artists and museum professionals from Western North Carolina and around the country. In 2017, the team began to examine the more than 5,000 works in the museum’s permanent collection, to choose the finest works for the opening exhibit.
The exhibit focuses on the art and artists of North Carolina and its relationship to and national impact on the art world. Included art works by some of the artists of Black Mountain College, whose students, like Josef Albers and Robert Rauschenberg, changed the focus of art in America.
The oldest work in the exhibit is a North Carolina landscape painted around 1860 by Belgian artist William Frerichs. The most recent in the exhibit is Donald Sultan’s Four Lemons, a set of screenprints in enamel ink, done in 2018.
Intersections in American Art opens on November 14, 2019, the day after the Ribbon Cutting and ceremony to initiate Asheville Art Museum’s completed renovation.
Donald Sultan’s Work at VFA
Donald Sultan had a major retrospective of his work this summer at the Huxley-Parlour Gallery in London. Dark Objects: Works 1977–2019 included some of the Disaster Paintings that toured the Smithsonian and other major venues around the country in 2017.
His use of industrial materials, like tar, to create texture in his work, and his pared-down style, makes his work instantly recognizable.
As a printmaker, and as a sculptor, Sultan has been able to keep both the simplicity of design and textural quality in his work. He uses flocking, enamel inks and diamond dust in his prints, and Cor-Ten Steel for his sculptures.
Please contact us if you would like more information about the fine art prints and sculptures of Donald Sultan available at VFA.
Arnold Wengrow. Asheville Art Museum readies for its grand reopening. The Mountain Express. October 11, 2019.
Interview/Donald Sultan. The London Magazine. June 5, 2019.