group show featuring Jack Balas

Run Dates: February 4th 2012 - May 27th 2012
Location: Tucson Museum of Art
Directions: 140 N. Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701a

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{CTS} creative thriftshop is proud to annouce Jack Balas inclusion in the upcoming group exhibtio at the Tucson Museum of Art. Open to the public Thursday, Feburary 3rd 2012.

(con)text is an exhibition from the permanent collection that examines the impact of text in contemporary art and its power as a vehicle to convey meaning. Whether in the form of narratives, word fragments, or words as signs, text has the ability to impart an immediate message or visual response. Words and letters can underscore or identify an image, become the image itself, or contradict the image as a thought-provoking counterpoint. The power of words and letters in art reaches back to ancient Islamic tradition wherein calligraphy was the fundamental element in the Qur’an. The decorative form of Arabic text represented unity, beauty, and power, and became the chosen vehicle for Allah’s revelation—a glimpse of the divine. During the Middle Ages, illuminated capitals of medieval manuscripts were often highly embellished visual clues to the words themselves. 

Jack Balas
2002, oil, enamel and ink on a canvas diptych, 36x96in
part of the Tucson Museum of Art'scollection.
Image courtesy of the artist and {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York.


Jack Balas
a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. works addresses issues of illegality, the art market, and the intersection between subculture and popular culture in America. In this presentation we hang three works in a kind of “California Conceptualist” installation featuring works recreated after John Baldessari, Charles Ray, and Ed Ruscha. Here the artist has stretched the allowance of what perhaps the artist ideology intended when they said - anyone simply by following a set of written instruction could create said works.

Tucson Museum of Art
First established in 1924 as the Tucson Fine Arts Association, the Museum made its home in the Kingan House on Franklin Street in the El Presidio Historic District. In 1954 the association was officially renamed the Tucson Art Center to establish our exhibition and education mission. Today the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown, and features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art as well as tours, education programs, studio art classes, and Museum Store to delight and educate visitors. The Tucson Museum of Art serves the city and surrounding regions and is committed to broadening public access to the arts, enriching daily life.