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Group show of selected work by gallery artists.

February 26 - April 2, 2011

UNTITLED, n.d., Watercolor on paper
William Bailey, HOUSE BY THE SEA, 2009
Mia Westerlund Roosen, CARMELITE II, 2005
Gordon Moore, TITLELESS, 2004
Rackstraw Downes, A THAW, 1972
Charles Garabedian, FOREST, 2001
Jake Berthot, UNTITLED, 2010
Clytie Alexander, DIAPHAN 38, WHITE/WHITE, 2008
Greg Drasler, FLORAL PARK, 2009
Shakespeare's Pirate, 2011, Gesso, acrylic, walnut ink, India ink, chalk, sharpie, thread and graphite on paper

Press Release


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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