Erbe exhibit open at Butler

May 30, 2017 by  

On May 13, an exhibit of the works of Gary Erbe opened at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.

Erbe’s works are familiar to museum-goers: he has had two solo exhibitions there previously, and one of his paintings, ‘Baseball Album’ is part of the museum’s permanent collection—it hangs in the Donnell Gallery of American Sports Art.

The exhibit is a 50-year retrospective of the artist’s work, which the museum itself organized. After it closes in Youngstown, it will go on tour to other places. The museum also published a catalog that accompanies the exhibit.

Erbe is self-taught, and takes his inspiration from artists working in the Trompe l’oeil tradition—painting so that things in two dimensions appear to be three dimensional. Erbe puts his own signature on such works by making the images appear to float – something he calls ‘Levitational Realism’.

The exhibit is called ‘Gary Erbe: 50 Year Retrospective’, and displays approximately 45 works. Louis Zona, who is the Butler’s executive director, put the show together from works Erbe loaned him, which represented various themes. Zona, with guidance from Erbe, picked the images he believes best represent Erbe’s entire year. The exhibit runs through August, 2017.

Events like this can benefit if organizers work with a brochure printing company. Smaller than the catalogs and booklets already on hand, brochures can give visitors a quick guide to the exhibit.