Exploring the Mystery of Place: New Exhibition at Kemper Museum Puts Eric Forstmann’s Works in Context

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KANSAS CITY, MO.- Reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s works of isolation, Eric Forstmann paints images of the empty streets of Amenia, a small town in New York’s Hudson Valley, as well as the interiors of long-abandoned farmhouses. The exhibition Acquisitions in Context: Eric Forstmann focuses on the painter’s interiors and nighttime street scenes and provides context for the artist’s work, Amenia, 2:30 a.m. (2010–11), commissioned by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for its Permanent Collection. The exhibition, featuring nine works, is on view April 29–August 14, 2011, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission to the Museum is free. As a realist painter, Forstmann works in recognizable genres—still life, plein air landscapes, trompe l’oeil, and interiors. The artist celebrates the images of the everyday and takes inspiration from painters before him, from 17th-century Dutch