The Contemporary Arts Center's two eagerly awaited new shows open Friday with a free 8-11 p.m. celebration, and they should attract regional and even national attention during their stay. Donald Sultan: The First Decade spotlights the early linoleum paintings of this painter's painter, who has championed the use of accessible, de-romanticized materials such as tar, rubber, chalk, plaster and spackle in his work.
This show contains paintings done in the 1980s after his arrival in New York, and is a chance to see collected work by an artist already in major museums.
At the same time, Tara Donovan offers a survey of the "site-responsive" sculpture of a vibrantly inventive artist who uses such everyday items as plastic cups, toothpicks and buttons to build strikingly unusual installations. This show comes here from Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The Sultan show will be up until May 17; Donovan through May 3. There also are numerous special events connected to the exhibitions.
Get more information about the opening reception here.