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Elise Adibi's art comes alive in the The Frick Pittsburgh's greenhouse

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
Lemon Monochrome is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Lemon Monochrome is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Oxidation Spiral is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Oxidation Spiral is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Rose Chord is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Rose Chord is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Persian Rose Monochrome is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Persian Rose Monochrome is among the works featured at The Frick Greenhouse from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
The Frick Greenhouse is featuring work from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
The Frick Greenhouse is featuring work from contemporary artist Elise Adibi in the exhibit, Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings, shown here, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Elise Adibi, a nationally recognized contemporary artist, has turned the active greenhouse at the Frick Pittsburgh into a living art work with plants and paintings.

Adibi's "Respiration Paintings" exhibit continues through Oct. 22. The work coincides with the Frick's ongoing collaborations, uniting additional ground space with contemporary artists, and marks the first time the greenhouse also is serving as art gallery.

Adibi is known for incorporating plant materials and organic matter ­— including urine — to add pigment and scent to her paintings, according to a news release.

For her installation at the Frick, she is working with the natural light, seasonal changes, and elevated humidity the greenhouse offers to both display and transform her art work.

"Our executive director, Robin Nicholson, was interested in activating (that space). He is familiar with (Adibi's) work and invited her to display in the greenhouse," says spokesman Greg Langel. "We've gotten a good reception,"

The exhibit includes 18 paintings installed in the greenhouse's north and south wings, and two paintings in vitrines at the Frick Art Museum.

"I am thrilled that the Frick has the opportunity to work with Elise Adibi, expanding our tradition of working with contemporary artists to engage in compelling dialogues with our historic collection in a new way that is not confined to the art museum galleries," Nicholson says in a release.

Admission to the exhibit is free.

Details: 412-371-0600 or thefrickpittsburgh.org.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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