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Untitled, ca. 1970, Acrylic on Paper

Appleton to Open Benny Collin Exhibition May 24

May 14, 2014

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will open a new exhibition, “Symphonic Style: The Art of Benny Collin,” Saturday, May 24. The exhibition features 35 works by Collin, an American artist devoted to colorful and rhythmic, mathematic abstraction.

Born Benjamin Cohen in 1896, Collin was a Danish émigré who came to the U.S. fleeing Nazi persecution during World War II. Upon arriving in the United States, he pursued a career in art working on church altarpieces in the northeast by day and geometric abstractions based on the logarithmic golden spiral by night.

Informed by the strong tradition of European abstraction, he created many colorful acrylic-washes on paper with compositions based on a complex mathematical formula that yielded vibrant, kaleidoscopic images evoking the repetition of musical scores by Bach and Mozart.

Accompanying the exhibition is a full-color book, researched and written by the artist’s grand-niece, Vikki Stenstream Burgess. The book will be available for purchase in The Appleton Store for $12.

Thursday, July 10, at 6 p.m., Dr. Scott Olsen, CF professor of Philosophy and Religion, will give an illustrated lecture on art and nature, as it relates to the work of Benny Collin. The lecture, which is free with admission, will take place in the museum’s auditorium.

Olsen first received international acclaim by successfully decoding the geometric mysteries of Plato. His book, “The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret” received rave reviews, and in 2009 Olsen assisted Alexey Stakhov with his highly acclaimed book, “The Mathematics of Harmony: From Euclid to Contemporary Mathematics and Computer Science.”

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum of Art is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed on Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Become a member of the museum by the ends of May 2014, and receive a 10 percent discount on any level of membership.

Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Free parking is available.  For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

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