Dimensional art at Kershner Gallery
Published 4:55 pm, Thursday, April 5, 2012
The artist is scheduled to discuss her work during a reception on Sunday, April 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the gallery in the main library, 1080 Old Post Road. The reception is free and open to the public.
The exhibit, called "Wit's End," is a retrospective of assemblages and paintings created over a 40-year period, the gallery said in a news release.
Bentley is best known for her multidimensional work, which combines social commentary with what Hartford Courant critic Owen McNally called a "scalpel wit," often displayed with plays on words, the gallery said.
Her assemblage "Cutting-Edge Photography," for example, incorporates more than a dozen well-worn kitchen knives arranged vertically -- each skewering an old black-and-white photo.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1939, Bentley graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in history. After living much of her adult life in Europe and South America, she now lives in Westport and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Westport Arts Center and is active with the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan.
Bentley has had numerous solo shows in both Europe and America, including Barney's in New York City, Silvermine Guild, and the New Britain Museum of American Art, where her large sculpture, "A Corporate Wife Service Award Bracelet," is in the permanent collection, according to the news release.
Her recent show at the now-shuttered Fairfield Art Center was titled "A Taste of Her Own Medicine." Bentley he has won a number of awards in regional juried shows, including Art of the Northeast, the Mattatuck Museum, the Katonah Museum and the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport.