Artists Space

Michael Byron: For the Nun

May 29 – July 17, 1982

Michael Byron's installation commemorates the victimization of a nun. Byron views her as a symbol of the depersonalization and anonymity of violence. Byron's lack of interest in the personal and specific details of this particular nun's violation. is emphasized by the fact that he does not identify her. The installation dramatizes the essential loneliness and isolation of all human beings. Byron combines the physical aspects of this alienation, in the form of a hospital bed, a cubical room in a convent atmosphere, with the narrative of his paintings, which like icons, contemplate powerful, distorting and violent experiences.

Michael Byron has exhibited his work at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, and at the Anna Leonowns Gallery ad Emergency Measures Organization in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Artists Space regular exhibition program is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Samuel Rubin Foundation, and the Walter Foundation. Corporate sponsors are American Can Company, the Art Dealers Association, AT&T Long Lines, Con Edison, Exxon, I.M.Pei & Partners, Phillip Morris and Warner Committee for the Visual Arts.