Shannon Komodore to visit Biedenharn Museum for reception honoring artist Bill Komodore
The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens has announced a reception to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, honoring the late artist Bill Komodore and celebrating the exhibition of his work. Shannon Komodore, wife of the artist, will attend the reception and be available in the gallery to discuss her husband’s work.
The exhibit, which includes six of Komodore’s large paintings, was originally scheduled to run through October but has been extended to the end of February 2014.
Komodore was born in Athens, Greece in 1932. He moved to the United States after World War II and was educated at Tulane University, where his teachers included George Rickey, Mark Rothko, and David Smith. He earned his B.A. in 1955 and M.F.A. in 1957.
Komodore was known for his figurative works, including those exploring myth and the notion of Arcadia, which he described as “the bucolic land of shepherds, beautiful nymphs and satyrs,” as a place in the mind for creative perception as well as his experience of being a native of the actual land of Arcadia in Greece. In his art, Komodore looked to myth and stories as essential conduits of truth, spirituality and understanding of the human condition through the ages, and in that regard, often turned to the Bible as a source of inspiration.
His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center; Dallas Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The six works on view at the Biedenharn are on loan from the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas. These include large canvases which explore Judeo-Christian spiritual tradition, Biblical text, faith, religion and its place in art history. The Biedenharn’s exhibit is augmented by audio recordings of the artist discussing the inspiration and thought process behind his work. Museum Director Ralph Calhoun says, “The spoken word of the painter means so much more than a written label ever could. And though I never met Bill Komodore, I feel I know a little of him from listening to his words.”
The reception is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to enter through the gate on Riverside Drive. The gardens will also be available for strolling during the reception.