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  • Pae White, Chiaccere, 2007, thread and Color-aid paper, dimensions variable.

    Pae White

    Taubman Museum of Art
    110 Salem Avenue SE
    July 25 - November 2

    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 East Second Street
    May 17 - September 7

    Curated by Cassandra Coblentz and Marilu Knode

    Taking its subtitle from John Neufeld's 1969 novel about a teenager's descent into madness and the gap between sympathetic youths and misunderstanding adults, “Pae White: Lisa, Bright and Dark,” the artist's first US survey, is organized around the duality of “bright” and “dark.” This might sound like the curatorial equivalent of mood music for merchandising the Los Angeles artist's assorted projects (mobiles, tapestries, barbecues, birdcages), around forty-five of which, made since 1993, will be on view. But given White's generation-defining tendencies to imbue pop visuals with emotional and psychological implication, to blur high and low in art, craft, and design, and to play in between handmaking, outputting, and outsourcing, what could be more appropriate? Travels to the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, WV, Sept. 5–Nov. 2, 2009; and other venues.