Last weekend, amazing painter Liz Markus and I had a great studio visit, which she wrote about for The Huffington Post.
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NADA NEW YORK
MAY 10 - 12, 2013
Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street on the East River
New York, NY 10002
VIP OPENING PREVIEW
Friday, May 10: 10AM-2PM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Friday, May 10: 2-8PM
Saturday, May 11: 10AM-8PM
Sunday, May 12: 10AM-5PM
ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information, please contact Gavlak Gallery, at 561.833.0583 or email@example.com
Hope to see you there!
I'm delighted to have two new major works included in The Centennial Edition of The Armory Show in New York City. The details:
The Armory Show 2013
Pier 94 - Armory Focus: USA
Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach: Booth 908
March 6 - March 10, 2013
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I'm delighted to have a new large scale painting in this group show.
39 Great Jones
Curated by Ugo Rondinone
February 2, 2013 - March 23, 2013
Opening: February 1, 6-8PM
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Löwenbräu-Areal, Limmatstr. 270, 8005
+41 (0) 43 444 70 50
Wesley Martin Berg
I'm pleased to have two new pieces in the group show 239 Days at Allegra LaViola here in New York City. The show features work by the School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts Class of 2012. Here are the details:
School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts Class of 2012
Curated by Stephen Maine
January 4 - 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 6-9PM
Allegra La Viola Gallery
179 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
1 917 463 3901
Five new paintings will be featured in an amazing group show entitled "Time, After Time" at Ronchini Gallery in London, UK opening September 5th, 6-8PM.
Here are the specifics:
TIME AFTER TIME
22 Dering Street
OPENING: September 5 2012, 6- 8pm
THRU: 6 September – 4 October 2012Opening HOURS: Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm
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Sophie da Gama Campos or Toby Kidd at JB Pelham PR
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Here is the press release:
Ronchini Gallery is pleased to present TIME, after TIME: Parallels Between Young American Artists and Italian Masters, a project by ARTNESIA. The exhibition will explore similarities between generations of artists by featuring contemporary American artists Sam Falls, Andrew Brischler, David Mramor, Davina Semo and Rebecca Ward alongside Italian artists from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Dadamaino, Piero Dorazio, Mario Schifano and Paolo Scheggi.
Many young American artists working today have been influenced by Italian artistic research of the mid-20th century. Through the use of simple and artisan materials in their compositions, they directly or indirectly reference Arte Povera, a movement that emerged in Italy in the 1960s. It came out of the decline of abstract painting in the late 1950s and the rise of older avant-garde approaches to making art. The period of liberation in Italy after World War II allowed artists a renewed freedom artistically. Artists such as Piero Dorazio formed Forma 1, a group in Rome dedicated to pushing forward abstract art, paving the way for future progressive movements.
Artist, curator and contributor to the exhibition catalogue Marilyn Minter explains;
‘This new kind of abstraction is part of a collective unconscious, that these artists all somehow belong to this same school of thought. This generation -painters in their mid to late 20s- are all looking back to the past, to people like Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Mary Heilmann, Blinky Palermo and Cy Twombly, it’s like they are all absorbing traditions of abstract expressionism, minimalism, arte povera, and pop culture and simultaneously challenging them and writing sort of love letters to them.’
Curators Carlo Berardi and Jason Lee of ARTNESIA developed the concept of the exhibition from something Alighiero Boetti wrote on The Hour Glass, a collage work from 1979: ‘ vice versa, a word between a circle and an hourglass.’ Boetti was expressing the relationship between the passing of time and the geometrical form of a circle. By going the other way around, one tends to return to something that has already partially occurred and gets the chance to develop it. The young American artists in the exhibition have recently gained wider recognition in the US – Andrew Brischler, David Mramor and Rebecca Ward recently exhibited in The Virgins, the first show at Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni’s new gallery Family Business in New York- however this will be the first time the UK public can view their work.
Andrew Brischler‘s (b. 1987, Long Island, NY) paintings take their titles from popular culture and music. He leaves the canvas on the floor of his studio, to take in all the dirt of the natural environment, and then transforms it into a ‘polished’ object via quick pictorial gestures. In his work, the histories of minimalism, abstract expressionism and Arte Povera are sampled and mashed up into paintings that challenge art history as much as embrace it.
Sam Falls‘ (b. 1984, San Diego, CA) latest series of works features the use of garden lattice placed left in the sun to create a grid on the surface. The sun creates the composition in a very similar manner to the ideas behind the Reticoli (1959-1963) series of Piero Dorazio (1927-2005) whose research aimed at creating a new form of painting using colour and light.
David Mramor (b. 1984, Cleveland, Ohio) works with deconstructing images, simplifying surfaces into colour and form. He works with basic ideas, photographs or memories such as flowers from his mother’s garden or retro American pop stars. These images are digitally manipulated and become the surfaces for his paintings. The only evidence of the original image is in the title of the works. He places gestures, collages materials, draws and tapes on top of the photographic images; the original images thus become open to interpretation, non-objectivity and abstraction. In Bleeding Heart, we find strong parallels with the works of Mario Schifano (1934-1998) whose series of Televisioni, started in the 1970s, featured over painted TV-stills.
Davina Semo’s (b. 1981, Washington, DC) works reference a post-industrial world that is disquieting yet incontrovertible. Using materials such as one-way mirrors, chains, safety glass, reinforced concrete and spray paint, her sculptures offer, as the critic Bob Nickas has pointed out, ‘a distanced and implied violence’, whilst also being ‘capable of pure poetic gesture.’
Rebecca Ward (b. 1984, Waco, TX) works with tape installations whose primary concerns are colour and space. Tape adheres to the gallery’s ceilings, walls and floors converging with the architecture. This perceptual play of colour, texture and light is set into motion by the viewer’s interaction with the work. Her paintings are a result of everyday questioning and experimentation within the studio. In Sister Wives, a strong relationship exists with the work of Dadamaino (1935-2004). Dadamaino’s constant repetition of signs is here paired with Ward’s pulling of vertical threads from a blank found canvas. In Eyes of Texas, the use of found burlap is reminiscent of the work of Alberto Burri (1915-1995).
Jan Sjostrom, the Arts Editor at The Palm Beach Daily News, has profiled my current solo show, "Goodbye To All That" up now at Gavlak Gallery.
Click the link and read the full review!
Jen Bekman Gallery is pleased to present What’s the Point?, a group exhibition featuring geometrically themed assemblages, paintings, photographs and works on paper by 19 artists.
What’s the Point? examines the use of geometrics in contemporary art making. With works covering a range of approaches, from both emerging and established artists, the exhibition studies the use of this primary and deeply compelling tool.
Geometric abstraction became a part of the New American aesthetic following European artists’ emergence in New York during and after WWII, exemplified in the Bauhaus-influenced works of Josef Albers. Following the inclusion of works by Sol LeWitt and Ellsworth Kelly in the pivotal shows Young America at the Whitney Museum and MoMA’s Sixteen Americans, geometrics became firmly cemented in traditions ranging from hard edge abstraction, conceptualism, color block and minimalism. This use of color, shape and line continues today with a new generation of artists, who challenge themselves through the use of non-traditional mediums and materials, and challenge the viewer, as well. It is this trajectory of artistic practices, which lifts geometrics from pure line and shape to question and ruminate on contemporary life, that the exhibition seeks to explore.
The exhibition features work by: Josef Albers, Ky Anderson, Jordan Bernier, Andrew Brischler, Christian Chaize, Matthew Craven, Corey Drieth, Jessica Eaton, Ellsworth Kelly, Gregory Krum, Sol LeWitt, Carrie Marill, Jason Middlebrook, Laura Newman, Devin Rutz, Joel Shapiro, Jessica Snow, Mia Taylor and Michael Zelehoski.
Curated by Jeffrey Teuton, Director of Jen Bekman Gallery.