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Eric Dever | Selected for "Geometry" at Site: Brooklyn Gallery

September 13, 2019 - Berry Campbell

Juried by Phyllis Tuchman

September 20 - October 19, 2019

Opening Reception
September 20, 2019
6-9 pm

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Founded by the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid, geometry is the area of mathematics concerned with the study of space and the relationships between points, lines, curves, and surfaces. In the arts it has often referred to the form and position of parts and shapes, as well as the relationship between those parts and shapes. The connection between are as deep as they are wide. Employing rulers and compasses, Islamic art utilized geometry to create elaborate tessellated expanses, while painters in the Renaissance used geometry to devise evermore realistic perspectives, finding vanishing points and lines of sight. Geometric forms may also be found among textile and folk art around the world. However, it was in the 20th century when geometry came to occupy such a prominent role in art history. Modern painting, from Piet Mondrian, to Bridget Riley and Charlene von Heyl, to name only a few, brought geometry and art into a world of its own. Contemporary artists, in Site:Brooklyn’s Geometry continue and elaborate in this long tradition, using geometric theory, naturally occurring patterns and forms, and other engagements between math and art to explore new syntheses between realism, figuration, abstraction, and pattern making. These works include painting, sculpture, drawing, multimedia, and video.

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News: Gertrude Greene | Baltimore Museum of Art Kicks Off 2020 Celebration of Female Artists with American Women Modernists Exhibition, September 10, 2019 - ArtFixDaily

Gertrude Greene | Baltimore Museum of Art Kicks Off 2020 Celebration of Female Artists with American Women Modernists Exhibition

September 10, 2019 - ArtFixDaily

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has announced the first exhibition of its year-long 2020 Vision initiative to celebrate female-identifying artists. By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists features 20 works by artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Maria Martinez, and Georgia O’Keeffe to recognize the innovative contributions women artists have made to the development of American modernism. The exhibition is on view October 6, 2019–July 5, 2020.

“This exhibition presents a survey of women artists from a variety of geographic regions and socioeconomic backgrounds to tell a more inclusive story of American modernism,” said Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. “It also demonstrates the BMA’s long history of acquiring works by women artists and our commitment to showcasing accomplished artists from this community, both efforts the museum is amplifying in 2020 and beyond.”

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News: Frank Wimberley | Here Are 23 Outstanding Museum Shows Across the US That You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall, September  7, 2019 - Sarah Cascone & Caroline Goldstein for Artnet

Frank Wimberley | Here Are 23 Outstanding Museum Shows Across the US That You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall

September 7, 2019 - Sarah Cascone & Caroline Goldstein for Artnet

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections From the Ollie Collection” at the Saint Louis Art Museum
September 17, 2019–March 8, 2020

In 2017, arts patron and Saint Louis native Ronald Ollie and his wife Monique gifted 81 works by black abstract artists to the St. Louis Art Museum, including examples by Norman LewisSam Gilliam, Chakaia Booker, James Little, and others. The works, while focused on contemporary art, date back to the 1940s, when a generational shift in abstraction was afoot.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is located at One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri; general admission is free.

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News: Perle Fine | Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th Street Show, September  3, 2019 - Katonah Museum

Perle Fine | Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th Street Show

September 3, 2019 - Katonah Museum

Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, New York
October 6, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Sparkling Amazons presents the often-overlooked contribution by women artists to the Abstract Expressionist movement and the significant role they played as bold innovators within the New York School during the 1940s and 50s. Through the presentation of some 30 works of art alongside documentary photography, the exhibition captures an important moment in the history of Abstract Expressionism.

The catalyst for this project is the groundbreaking 9th St. show arranged by avant-garde artists with the help of the fledgling gallerist, Leo Castelli in 1951. The show became a pivotal moment for the emergence and acceptance of Abstract Expressionism. The artists of the 9th St. show had struggled to gain critical recognition having been shut out by museums and galleries due to the radical nature of their work. Of the more than 60 artists in the show, including many who were to become prominent figures in Abstract Expressionism, only 11 were women. This is the first time works by these extraordinary women will be brought together since the 9th St. show took place 68 years ago.

In the early 1970s, the preeminent editor and art critic, Thomas Hess, would refer to them as “sparkling Amazons.” These women would neither have viewed themselves as “Amazons” nor as feminists; they simply worked and lived as artists, pursuing their professions with the same dedication as their male counterparts even though the social stakes were much higher for them at the time. Several of the artists, including Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler went on to have distinguished careers and have found their rightful place in the art historical canon. Others, including Grace Hartigan, Perle Fine and Anne Ryan, enjoyed critical success. The remainder, Sonia Sekula, Day Schnabel, Jean Steubing and Guitou Knoop are yet to be fully recognized by art history, a fact that this exhibition addresses.

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News: Eric Dever, Frank Wimberley | Artists Thinking Outside — And Inside — The Box To Benefit East End Hospice, August 12, 2019 - Michelle Trauring for 27East

Eric Dever, Frank Wimberley | Artists Thinking Outside — And Inside — The Box To Benefit East End Hospice

August 12, 2019 - Michelle Trauring for 27East

Frank Wimberley is not one for procrastination.

Historically, the Sag Harbor-based painter has conceptualized and executed his annual creation for the East End Hospice “Box Art Auction” months ahead of schedule.

Until this year, that is.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the artist was feeling the pressure, considering people are still talking about last summer’s auction — an event he has never missed in its 18 years, and a night he will never forget.

“You know what happened last year, right?” Mr. Wimberley asked with a goodhearted laugh. “I got a bid of the highest it has ever been — a bid of $10,000! I thought it was absolutely amazing. Everybody cheered and jumped up and down. We still can’t get over it. I was at the Parrish Art Museum the other day and they say, ‘You’re the guy!’ It’s nice when somebody remembers you! Everybody likes to be remembered.”

The 92-year-old artist was feeling optimistic ahead of this year’s 19th annual auction on Saturday, August 24, at St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton, where bidders flock to see the collection of small, unadorned boxes transformed into one-of-a-kind creations by some 90 East End artists.

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News: Charlotte Park Chosen as Eazel's Artist of the Week, August  9, 2019 - Eazel

Charlotte Park Chosen as Eazel's Artist of the Week

August 9, 2019 - Eazel

Charlotte Park’s important contribution to the Abstract Expressionist movement during its early years has recently been acknowledged. Overshadowed by the attention given to the work of her husband, James Brooks, Park kept a low profile over the course of her career, while painting some the strongest and most brilliantly colored canvases of her time. Her art is a strong case against the idea prevalent from the 1950s onward that women were incapable of the muscularity and confidence necessary to be action painters. 

Park initially worked in a monochrome palette, which liberated her to focus on form. By the mid-1950s, she reintroduced color into her art, evolving a lyrical style, in which suggestions of the natural world appeared to pulsate with organic life. By the middle of the decade, she was producing larger canvases with complex compositions and charged relationships of color.

Park did not shy away from strong contrasts and bold, forthright shapes. Uniting painting and drawing, she formed a vocabulary featuring clustered loops, black curvilinear forms that both define and liberate, and tensed and sensual anatomical suggestions. Figurative elements seem to taunt and loom in her art, but are either suppressed or diffused.
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