Alan Shields: A Different Kind of Painting features more than 30 of the late artist’s radical textile works that challenge the notion of painting, some shown for the first time.

Born in 1944 in Herington, Kansas, Shields attended Kansas State University, studying civil engineering and studio art. He moved to New York in 1968 and created three-dimensional, two-sided, and architecturally adaptable paintings. He showed with Paula Cooper Gallery from 1968 to 1991.

Shields died in 2005, and his estate is represented through Van Doren Waxter.

Recent exhibitions have included Alan Shields: Protracted Simplicity (1966-1985), Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado (2016) and Alan Shields: In Motion, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (2015). Shields’ work is included in a number of museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Tate Collection, London.

Alan Shields: A Different Kind of Painting runs Aug. 22 through Jan. 2. A reception will take place Sept. 7. In conjunction with the opening of this show, Beeler Gallery presents a conversation between art historian Robert Slifkin and author, curator, and art critic Bob Nickas. They will be discussing the work and life of the late artist Alan Shields at 6:30 and the reception will follow. Admission is free. 

Curated by Ian Ruffino.