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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2010/02/06 Art at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

While at a meeting in Tempe, Arizona, I discovered that Arizona State University has a strong contemporary American art collection.  An 1987 “Untitled Group” by Viola Frey was almost life size. Frey passed away in 2004.  While I was seeing this in Arizona, a larger collection of Frey’s work was touring New York.

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The back side of the work is as detailed as the front.

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The Ceramics Research Center at ASU is an open storage area in a plaza across the street from the more famous main gallery.

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The lowness of the J. Russell and Bonita Nelson Fine Arts Center foreshadows the galleries underground.

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From the bright Arizona sun outside, the way downstairs takes a few minutes for eyes to adjust.

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At the foot of the stairs is a bubbling fountain.

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By the fountain is “Out of the Darkness” (1986) by Stan Welsh.

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The main exhibits are back up another set of stairs, to a floor above ground.

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On the main exhibit floor, amongst the paintings, “Takiya” (1990) by John Ahearn stands out three-dimensionally.

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The freestanding “Nuclear Stockpile” (1985) by Robert Arneson is intimidating.

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Back outside, columns and dishes are featured on the plaza of the Nelson Fine Arts Center.

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Walking through the ASU campus, “A” Mountain is beyond the permit parking lot.

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A cactus garden is outside Payne Education Hall.

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“Celebration” (1984) by Jerry Peart is an obvious landmark.

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The ASU campus is a relaxing stroll on a winter afternoon.

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