"Painting Air: Spencer Finch" opens at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

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PROVIDENCE, RI.- The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design announces Painting Air: Spencer Finch, a major exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch. In this two-part show, the Museum debuts a largescale installation by Finch, shown with more than 60 pieces—from ancient objects to late-20th-century art—selected by the artist from the Museum’s collection. Painting Air opened Friday, February 24 and runs through July 29, 2012. “The Museum’s invitation to Finch to create an exhibition highlighting works in our collection has its roots in Andy Warhol’s Raid the Icebox 1, the seminal project mounted at the RISD Museum of Art in 1970. It’s exciting to see how Finch’s approach to the Museum’s collection contrasts with Warhol’s,” says Museum Director John W. Smith. The work of Impressionist painter Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) serves