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Celebrating The Hudson Collection ICON Gallery is celebrating ICON’s collection of Shiva Linga Paintings by showing the entire collection of 55 works in the Hudson Gallery on the ICON mezzanine. The show opens on Friday, September 1st, 6:30 to 10:00pm. Ten years ago David T. Hanson began working with Hudson, Founder and Director of the New York art gallery Feature Inc., to organize an exhibition for ICON of a suite of 71 anonymous Shiva Linga paintings that had been assembled by Hudson and the French poet Franck André Jamme. Sadly, due to the unexpected death of Hudson, this exhibition had to be cancelled. But two years later Hudson’s siblings granted Hanson permission to purchase twelve of the paintings. He subsequently organized an exhibition at ICON of those twelve paintings along with a few of his color photographs of Indian temples. Patricia Hudson was so impressed with this small show and the Fairfield community’s interest in it that she and her two brothers decided to very generously donate the remainder of the suite of paintings to ICON’s permanent collection. In response, ICON created a dedicated space, the Hudson Gallery, to exhibit selections of the Hudson Collection along with other related artworks. Shiva Linga paintings on found paper are created anonymously in northwestern India by practitioners of Tantrism, some of whom are artists, to represent and embody fundamental aspects of Tantra, a vast and complex spiritual and philosophical practice. Made to awaken heightened consciousness, these devotional images are used for visualization and meditation as part of Tantra’s spiritual practices. Despite their expression of an unbroken, centuries-old tradition, the works in this exhibition (made between 1966 and 2004) seem both timeless and utterly contemporary. They also possess a remarkable affinity with examples of twentieth-century abstract art.
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NEXT 2024-25 ICON EXHIBITS: Jim Weidle Paintings April 5 through June 15, 2024 Three Iowa City Abstract Artists July 5 through September 7, 2024 Biennual Art Auction October 4 through December 6, 2024
“Jim Weidle is one of the best artists living in Fairfield‚” says ICON Director‚ Bill Teeple. “A Jim Weidle solo show at ICON is long overdue. It’s my pleasure to share the incredible range of his realistic work. He truly is a painter’s painter. I don’t think anything could set the stage for experiencing his art better than his own words.” JIM WEIDLE ARTIST STATEMENT Recently, I was invited to give a talk to the art students at Horace Mann School in NYC.  The talk was improvisational and even sprawling at times. I mentioned the poet Howard Nemorov who once observed: “If you want to see something, look at something else.” I seem to trot this one out from time to time. Nemorov would appear to suggest the visible world is tricky, just a bit elusive, even fleeting. Disclosure is not direct or immediate. Perhaps the visible world reveals itself by other means. Some say I am a ‘realist painter’. What does that mean? Georgia O’Keefe contends, “Nothing is less real than realism. Details are ambiguous, confusing. Content requires selecting, omitting, and emphasis or de-emphasis.” And Bertolt Brecht: “Realism is not what real things are like, but what things are really like.” What do you think? The Weidle Solo show is up at ICON for nearly three months. Remain adrift within the movement of these works for however long you can wander with them. Painting can be a generous thing. It has the decency to hold still. Allowing the eye a tiny but wild freedom: to travel as it will. — Jim Weidle Information on the artist is available on his website at  ICON would like to bring to your attention that Jim Weidle along with two other ICON artists, Gillian Brown and Judy Bales are now being featured in a show at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art through May 19th.