THAW

Group show of selected work by gallery artists.

February 26 - April 2, 2011

Philip Pearlstein

STANDING MALE, SITTING

FEMALE NUDES, 1969

Oil on canvas

74 x 62 in.

187.96 x 157.48 cm

PP11256

UNTITLED, n.d.

Watercolor on paper

19 1/8 x 25 inches

48.58 x 63.5 cm

AF11704

William Bailey

HOUSE BY THE SEA, 2009

Oil on linen

75 x 65 inches

190.5 x 165.1 cm

WB13000

Mia Westerlund Roosen

CARMELITE II, 2005

Felt and resin

89 x 46 x 36 in.

226.06 x 116.84 x 91.44 cm

MW11514

Gordon Moore

TITLELESS, 2004

Water based paints and pumice on canvas

96 x 48 inches

243.84 x 121.92 cm

GM10582

Rackstraw Downes

A THAW, 1972

Oil on canvas

36 3/8 x 80 in.

92.39 x 203.2 cm

RD12232

Charles Garabedian

FOREST, 2001

Acrylic on canvas

96 x 78 in.

243.84 x 198.12 cm

CG10404

Jake Berthot

UNTITLED, 2010

Oil on linen

26 x 34 inches

66.04 x 86.36 cm

JB13320

Clytie Alexander

DIAPHAN 38, WHITE/WHITE, 2008

Acrylic on aluminum

48 x 34 inches

121.92 x 86.36 cm

CA12789

Greg Drasler

FLORAL PARK, 2009

Oil on canvas

72 x 94 in.

182.88 x 238.76 cm

GD12936

Shakespeare's Pirate, 2011

Gesso, acrylic, walnut ink, India ink, chalk, sharpie, thread and graphite on paper

91 1/4 x 60 in. (231.78 x 152.4 cm)

Signed and dated on verso

JG13421

Press Release

Thaw

February 26 – April 2, 2011

On Saturday, February 26, Betty Cuningham Gallery will open Thaw, a group show featuring a selection of works by the gallery’s artists. The show will be on view through April 2 at 541 W. 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. 

The title of the show, Thaw, is simply a departure point as we enter spring after a cold and snowy winter.  It is, however, taken from a 1972 painting featured in the show titled A Thaw, by Rackstraw Downes.  This painting is among Downes’ early representational works signifying his departure from abstraction but comes before his strict adherence to on site painting.  Alongside the Downes will be an early work by Philip Pearlstein, Standing Male, Sitting Female Nudes, from 1969. This painting (another sort of thaw) was shocking at the time as it depicts, in Pearlstein’s characteristically cool, objective manner, a black male nude and a white female nude.

Also featured in the exhibition, there will be: a major collaged work on paper from The War Series by Judy Glantzman, completed in 2010, after seeing Picasso’s Guernica; a felt and resin sculpture, Carmelite II, by Mia Westerlund Roosen which stands in frozen movement; a perforated, aluminum Diaphan by Clytie Alexander; an ice-blue watercolor by Andrew Forge; Titleless, an eight foot tall abstract painting by Gordon Moore; and an untitled oil on linen painting by Jake Berthot.  These works all echo the coldness of winter due to their cool restrained colors and sharp lines.

As “thaw” is a verb as well as a noun, the exhibition moves into spring with works by William Bailey and Charles Garabedian.  In House by the Sea, William Bailey paints, in his imaginary interior, a standing woman next to an open window to the sea.  In Forest Charles Garabedian paints a brilliantly colored semi abstract canvas of trees in bloom. And finally, [CG10404] hats off to Spring, with a large painting titled Floral Park by Greg Drasler.

 

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