Ruth Root, digital fabric design for Untitled, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

Ruth Root

Forum Gallery

Forum 81

The 81st installment of CMOA’s Forum series will debut a new body of work by acclaimed New York–based painter Ruth Root. For the last two decades, Root has fashioned unruly paintings that push the boundaries of the medium and delight in the pleasures of pattern and shape. Curator Eric Crosby invited Root to mine CMOA’s collection of artworks and design objects as inspiration for her new series.

With a jolt of color and geometry, Root’s eccentric paintings dazzle and perplex with their play of pattern. They are each composed of two parts: a flexible form upholstered with the artist’s own digitally printed fabrics and an irregular plexiglass shape covered with colorful patterns and spray paint. She brings the two elements together with visible folds and hangs the resulting compositions with exposed grommets.  Through a visual dialogue with the museum’s collection, her eye-popping works personify the wonder of painting.

CMOA’s Forum series hosts diverse artists working on innovative projects in our Forum Gallery, located in the main lobby of the museum. For over 25 years, the series has offered our curators a dynamic space to show new developments in contemporary art.

Ruth Root is organized by Eric Crosby, modern and contemporary curator at Carnegie Museum of Art.


Exhibition Credits

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.