A Visit to the Hall Art Foundation

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Enjoy a tour of the Hall Art Foundation's latest exhibit ‘Landscapes after Ruskin: Defining the Sublime’ in Reading, VT.

Are you in need of a contemporary art fix? Look no further than the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, VT. After two years of hearing about the Hall Art Foundation’s wonderful exhibits I was finally able to visit and explore the treasure of contemporary artwork in their current exhibit ‘Landscapes after Ruskin: Defining the Sublime’ curated by Joel Sternfield. I’ll highlight what I learned about the Hall Art Foundation, and discuss the highlights of artwork from their current exhibit ‘Landscapes after Ruskin: Defining the Sublime’ in my own opinion.

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Let’s begin with a brief overview of the Hall Art Foundation. In 2007, Andrew and Christine Hall founded the Hall Art Foundation with their extensive private collection of postwar and contemporary art works for the enjoyment and education of the public. Together, the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections comprise some 5,000 works by several hundred artists including Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Olafur Eliasson, Eric Fischl, Joerg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Malcolm Morley, A. R. Penck, Julian Schnabel, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and Franz West. The Hall Art Foundation also has an exhibition partnership with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Adams, Massachusetts, the largest contemporary art museum in North America.

Fortunately for us, in 2014 The Hall Art Foundation opened the Reading, VT exhibition space on a former dairy farm in Vermont. The site consists of a converted 19th-century stone farmhouse and three barns located in the village of Reading. Exhibitions are held there seasonally, from May through November, and are open to the public by appointment, free-of-charge. The exhibit for 2016 which I visited is called ‘Landscapes after Ruskin: Defining the Sublime’ curated by Joel Sternfield. The main theme of the exhibit circles around the idea that, “in a world overwhelmed by human industry and development, Sternfeld demonstrates how contemporary artists can discover new beauties associated with nature, and in so doing, can invoke a new sense of the sublime”.

This exhibit has a wide array of paintings, photographs, sculptures exploring the natural world, a subject matter close to my heart. Here’s some of highlights from my own personal experience of the exhibit:

Dan Attoe, Wake Up, 2009. Oil on Canvas over panel. The artist always hides a secret message into his works, but you will have to go see yourself to find out what he said. 

Christopher Draeger, Hurricane Andrew, 2000. Acrylic paint jet on jigsaw puzzle. The artist actually built a miniaturized scene from Hurricane Andrew, then photographed it and printed it on a giant jigsaw puzzle.

Simon Aldridge, All around the old Nurburgring there are places where the fast and wild die young, 2005. The artist was trying to depict speed, as if when you look at the painting you feel like you are zooming around in a race car. It makes one kind of dizzy to stare for too long.

Tony Matelli, Weed, Individual Works dated 2006 or 2008, Bronze, Stainless steel and paint. These weeds look so lifelike in person, it’s hard to imagine they are made from bronze and steel.

Raymond Pettibon, Wave Group, 2004, 11 parts, Ink and Watercolor on Paper. This is an installation of ‘surfer paintings’ featuring renditions of the ocean with imposing, yet lyrical swells.

Richard Long, Bowery Slate, 2001. Cornish Slate. The tour guide said that this piece arrives in boxes and the installation workers work diligently to put them into place with few instructions-impressive eh? 


Eberhard Havekost, The End B12, 2012. Oil on Canvas. These images can be interpreted as depicting the setting sun or an atomic bomb testing site, suggesting a Yeatsean ‘terrible beauty’.

This is just a small portion of the works in the exhibit, which is open now through November 27th, 2016. Take yourself on art artist’s date and go and see this amazing exhibit for yourself. 

Here’s all the contact information:

Hall Art Foundation | Reading, Vermont

551 VT Route 106

Reading, VT 05062

United States

+1 802 952 1056





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