( Sat., Sep. 23, 2017 - Sun., Dec. 31, 2017 )
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-6407
Each of these 11 paintings, created between 1984 and 1990, is an imposing, industrial-like structure, reinforced by Sultan’s preferred media of Masonite tiles and tar. The resilience of his materials contrasts with his subject matter: fires, floods, and industrial catastrophes, which provoke feelings of fear, instability, and frailty. These large-scale paintings, most of which measure eight feet square, are heavy and dense, bringing a serious permanence to calamities that are often over in a flash.
On view in the Joyce W. Pope Gallery