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Pardon My French: The Art of Marshall Carbee
April 30-May 23
Slater Concourse Gallery


The Tufts University Gallery invites you to enter the imagination of American artist Marshall Carbee in the exhibition Pardon My French: The Art of Marshall Carbee. Hypnotic expanses of color, otherworldly illustrations, sculptural objects that defy classification—with an artistic lineage that can be traced back to Surrealism, Carbee’s work resists classification, inhabiting a unique space that alchemizes the familiar into the visionary and fantastic.

Carbee’s vision displays a Mediterranean sensuality together with a quirky sensibility and a dollop of subversiveness. The New-England-born artist’s transatlantic education and individualistic irreverence has resulted in a body of work that is irresistibly engaging. Embracing both the figurative and the abstract, collage and sculpture, the work on display includes objects as diverse as hand-crafted jewelry, a paper placemat created for Burger King, and paintings made in the ocean surf. The unabashed richness of color and texture, the freewheeling touches of humor, the exuberance of his invention–all inspire an immediate response.
Carbee has collaborated on film projects ranging from Julian Schnabel’s film Basquiat to Michael Jackson’s award-winning music video “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

Born in Manchester, NH, Carbee attended the University of New Hampshire and studied at Pratt Institute in New York and in Paris under Daniel Milhaud. His first film, I’ll Be Yours Forever, was nominated for the Discovery Award, presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council to an artist working in a new medium. Carbee’s work has appeared in galleries internationally and is in private collections in many countries.
This exhibition has been curated by Frederick Kalil, Tufts Office of Publications, and Elizabeth Wylie, independent curator.