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"New Trajectories I: Recent Painting, Drawing, and Multimedia Work from the Ovitz Collection, Los Angeles" opens at Reed's Cooley Gallery


Works by acclaimed contemporary artists are on view January 24 through March 11, 2006.


PORTLAND, OR (December 19, 2005) – The first of a two-part exhibition of recent painting, drawing, and multi-media art by both established and emerging artists from the United States and Europe curated from the acclaimed Ovitz Family Collection, New Trajectories I: RELOCATIONS is on view from January 24 through March 11, 2006 at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College in Portland.

Artists featured in RELOCATIONS include Richard Prince, Stefan Thiel, Cosima Von Bonin, James Siena, Eric Schmidt, Aya Uekawa, Idris Khan, Andrea Lehmann, Julie Mehretu, Graham Little, David Thorpe, Tommy White, Francesca Gabbiani Nigel Cooke, and Marc Handelman. Highlights among the more than 30 works on view include a sculpture by David Thorpe and mixed media work by Richard Prince.

New Trajectories II: EXPANSIONS, the second part of the exhibition, focuses on photography and new media, the centerpiece of which is a body of recent photographs by Gregory Crewdson. EXPANSIONS will be one view April 11 through June 11, 2006.

Committed to collecting the best in contemporary art, the Ovitz Family Collection is based in Los Angeles, California. Both exhibitions are curated by Cooley Gallery director Stephanie Snyder. The presentation of the collection in Portland was facilitated by Andrea Feldman Falcione, the Ovitz Family Collection curator.

"It's very hard to find such a diverse collection of recent work," notes Snyder, "and especially one in which you have a collection curator who is excited about working with an academic institution like Reed to bring work like this to Portland.�

About the Ovitz Family Collection
Michael and Judy Ovitz have been listed among the top art collectors in the world by such publications as Art News and Art and Antiques. The Ovitz's began collecting modern and contemporary art in the late 1970's. Their first purchases were prints by artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns, Philip Guston, and James Rosenquist. As the art market took off in the early 1980's, Michael and Judy became more interested in contemporary painting and sculpture and began to spend weekends making gallery and studio visits in both Los Angeles and New York. During this period, their collection expanded to include the work of Julian Schnabel, Eric Fischl, Joel Shapiro, David Salle, Brice Marden, Lucas Samaras, Robert Irwin, Elizabeth Murray, Terry Winters and Ken Price.

In 1991 Michael Ovitz was asked to join the board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Mr. Ovitz continues to sit on this board and helps to shape the exhibition programs, expansion project and numerous other facets of this esteemed institution. The new millennium brought with it a renewed and rejuvenated interest in the contemporary market and Michael and Judy are quickly amassing an important collection of younger artists.

This young contemporary collection includes works by artists such as Ghada Amer, Mamma Anderson, Kevin Appel, Michel Borremans, Cecily Brown, Ingrid Calame, Nigel Cooke, Jay Davis, Peter Doig, Tim Eitel, Inka Essenhigh, Tom Friedman, Barnaby Furnas, Francesca Gabbiani, Tim Gardner, Eberhard Havekost, Martin Kobe, Julie Mehretu, Dave Muller, Laura Owens, Richard Patterson, Monique Prieto, Richard Prince, Michael Raedecker, Neo Rauch, Wilhem Sasnal, David Schnell, Dana Schutz, Dirk Skreber, David Thorpe, and Peter Wegner among others.

Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery
The mission of the gallery is to enhance Reed's academic offering with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, and colloquia. The gallery was established by a generous 1988 gift from Sue and Edward Cooley and John and Betty Gray "in support of the teaching of art history at Reed College, as part of an interdisciplinary educational experience that strengthens the art history component of Reed's distinctive humanities program." Exhibitions are curated in collaboration with Reed faculty members and courses, with attention to the needs and interests of the larger Portland and Northwest arts communities. A schedule of four exhibitions during the academic year brings to Reed and the Portland community work that would not otherwise be seen in the region.

Admission to the Cooley Gallery and its exhibitions is always free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is located inside the Reed College library, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., in Portland. Use the east parking lot off Woodstock Blvd. for easiest access.

For more information, please visit http://web.reed.edu/gallery or call the gallery information line at 503/777-7790.

For more information and to receive images from the exhibition, please contact Stephanie Snyder, director of the Cooley Gallery, at 503/777-7251 (cell 503/367-7004) or at stephanie.snyder@reed.edu.