From the darkenss, a face appears.
Lit from within, rendered in oil, charged with mystery and vitality, captivating. Destined to be hung in the most prestigious gallery, admired by millions, discussed, revered, a priceless treasure.
And from the darkness, the voice of the master forger: Look closely, for it is mine.
nimbus explores the turbulent world of the artists and thinkers who would herald abstract expressionism in late 20th century New York. While in their midst, a talent surpassing them all is overlooked, marginalized, exiled. Seemingly forced to bend his skill to the task of recreating a masterwork from another era.
Art historian Max Friedlander said “It is indeed an error to collect a forgery, but it is a sin to stamp a genuine piece with the seal of falsehood.” What do we value, and who? When does art become artifice? Who decides? And what genuine, if unforeseen, changes will cascade from the swirls of the master forger’s brush?
Premiered May 16 - June 14, 2015 at Nimbus Theater
Willem de Kooning
Andrea M Gross
Jacob M. Davis
Ursula K. Bowden