Ray Turner: Population
"Including the 23 portraits of Akron area residents in this showing, the exhibit comprises 190 paintings from Turner’s Population series along with nine works from the Monroe series (which are images of the artist’s son) and four works from his Good Man/Bad Man series (which are imaginary portraits that capture the essence of individuals abstractly and subjectively while aimed at essential moral qualities)."
Ray Turner: Population is a unique exhibition of nearly 200 portraits of a wide cross- section of people from across the country, including University Park and downtown Akron residents, executed with oil paint on glass. Population is an expanding series of portraits that invites viewers to contemplate identity from an individual and collective standpoint. The portraits of Akronites will be intermixed with Turner’s ongoing series, and as the exhibition evolves with the addition of new portraits from different communities, the body of work will increasingly reflect the nation’s cultural makeup.
The 164-page full-color catalogue Ray Turner: Population, published for the Akron Art Museum, features all 24 portraits of Akron residents in addition to other recent portraits from the Population series. A foreword by Akron Art Museum Director Emeritus Mitchell Kahan introduces the series with additional essays by art critic Peter Frank and Susan Warner, Deputy Director of the Tacoma Museum of Glass. The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store for $40.
Its presentation in Akron is made possible by generous gifts from University Park Alliance and The Mirapaul Foundation.