Solo Show by Graphic Design Professor/Alumna at Gallery Joe, Discussed at PAFA

'Space for the Mark' by Christine Hiebert BFA '84 (Graphic Design) at Old City gallery through April 27; exhibit also part of April 3 'Review Panel Philadelphia'

March 21, 2013

"Space for the Mark," an exhibition of new, large-scale drawings by Graphic Design Adjunct Associate Professor and alumna Christine Hiebert BFA '84 (Graphic Design), is on display through April 27 at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia (302 Arch Street). This is Hiebert's fourth solo show at the Old City gallery.

"Untitled (rdl.12.13)," block printing ink, graphite on paper, 50 x 42 inches, 2012.

"Space for the Mark" is also one of four exhibits that will be discussed at "The Review Panel Philadelphia," a yearly series moderated by New York critic and arts writer David Cohen. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in association with, the panel provides critic commentary on contemporary art exhibitions in Philadelphia. This free event takes place April 3 at 6 p.m. and includes panelists Jennie Hirsh, Katherine Rochester and Robert Storr, who will also discuss the "Joyce Robins: Ceramic Painting/Painted Ceramic" exhibit currently on view at the University's Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery.

Completed in 2012, Hiebert's drawings are the most recent demonstrations of a 23-year-long engagement with abstract drawing and the gestural line. Marks are laid down with block printing ink, charcoal and graphite to create sensitive relationships that command, enlarge and push freely into space.

Art critic Lilly Wei, who contributes an essay for the "Space for the Mark" catalogue, writes, "Christine Hiebert's antennae are preternaturally acute, surveying nature and her environs as an artist would, as an architect, even, profoundly engaged by the world’s diversity, wondering about the 'compatibility of disparate scales and disparate beings and how they co-exist.'"

"Untitled (rdl.12.21)," block printing ink, graphite, charcoal on paper, 50 x 38 inches, 2012.

Hiebert has exhibited widely both in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in "Art=Text=Art" at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. She is known for both her drawings on paper as well as her temporary blue tape wall drawings, which have appeared on the walls of institutions such as the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; the Drawing Center, New York; and the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.

Hiebert's work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass.; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.; and the Kolumba Museum in Cologne, Germany.

Born in Basel, Switzerland, Hiebert grew up and studied art in Philadelphia. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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