Joseph Havel

Exhibition Dates: April 7 – May 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7 from 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Location: 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures by Joseph Havel. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from April 7 – May 19, 2012. The gallery will host an opening reception, with the artist in attendance, Saturday, April 7 from 6-8 pm.

Joseph Havel’s sculptures exemplify the fluid condition between meanings, associations and the histories of common materials. Through reconfiguration of shape and material, everyday objects such as shirt labels, collars, flags and sheets present new impressions without erasing evidence of the originals. The intent of the artist “is for memory, an associative pentimento, to dissolve the resoluteness of the forms into something more poetic.”

Joseph Havel is director of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In 2010, the Art League of Houston named Joseph Havel as “Texas Artist of the Year.” He was born in 1954 in Minneapolis and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts at Penn State University. He has exhibited across the United States and abroad. His bronze sculpture “Exhaling Pearls,” from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, was included in the 1995 exhibition “Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House.”

Joseph Havel was selected to participate in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 2001 Phoenix Triennial. In 2006, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston hosted the exhibition “Joseph Havel: A Decade of Sculpture 1996-2006.” In addition to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Havel’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.