David C. Driskell Center


William T. Williams
Variations on Themes

Wednesday, March 31 - Friday, May 28, 2010

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William T. Williams: Variations on Themes features 31 original lithographs, works on paper, and sculptures at the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland.  Variations on Themes will be on view from March 31 through May 28, 2010.  The public opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 5 to 7 PM at the Driskell Center’s gallery, 1207 Cole Student Activities Building.

Williams, who emerged in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s, is one of the most important artists working in abstraction today.  He often incorporates childhood memories and life experiences into his artwork through colors, shapes and patterns.  Curated by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, NY, Variations on Themes highlights four decades of William T. Williams’ work as a printmaker.  The exhibition focuses on four basic compositional and thematic approaches, often highlighting Williams’ iconic imagery of the diamond/trapezoid; conical vessel shapes, orbs, serpentine elements and biomorphic presences; and patterns and textural effects within the individual segments.  The exhibition illustrates Williams’ artistic journey, which has been as spontaneous as it has been methodical; as formal as it was free-wielding; as rich as it has been sparse.