Now-ism Exhibit at Pizzuti Collection Is a Celebration of Color

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
"The People's Republic" by Ann Hamilton

If one thing unites the more than 100 pieces of art in the Now-ism: Abstraction Today exhibition opening Sept. 6 at Pizzuti Collection, it's color. Lots and lots of color.

"Now-ism is an explosion of color," says Pizzuti Collection director and curator Rebecca Ibel. "It's dynamic, overwhelming. you just walk into this great, eye-popping color. And it comes in all kinds of different forms."

Ibel was inspired to create the show as she familiarized herself with developer and art collector Ron Pizzuti's vast collection. She noticed his penchant for emerging contemporary artists and used that as a story line for this show, which doesn't have the same narrative arc as, say, a show featuring just one artist, one medium or works from one place and time. "The artists live in Berlin, Bogota, L.A., Chicago. ... there are so many currents that connect us," Ibel says.

Every single piece in the show-including paintings, glasswork, sculpture, video, furniture-was made after 2000. "These are not household names," Ibel says. "They're very accessible and fun, and you can just feel the energy."

Now-ism is open through June 2015; several of the artists will be in Columbus this month for a members-only reception. 632 N. Park St., Short North, 614-280-4004,