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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Van Doren Waxter Presents 'Go Figure' (New York)
Go Figure January 11 - February 18, 2017
Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present Go Figure,
a group exhibition that explores the intersection of select historical
and contemporary artists through the vernacular of figurative painting.
Spanning a period of over 70 years (1944-2016), this cross-generational
survey considers the timeless tradition of figuration as a through line
connecting past to present. The included artists employ varying media
and pictorial strategies to produce imagistic effects often blurring the
lines of representation to create dramatic scenes of unreality. Go Figure
will include painting, sculpture, works on paper and assemblage from
James Brooks, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Hedda
Sterne as well as contemporary artists Kristin Baker, Michael Berryhill,
Jeronimo Elespe, Volker Hüller, and Sarah Peters.
(Canadian, 1913-1980) one of the most heralded first generation
Abstract Expressionists initially experimented with pure abstraction. By
1960, however, Guston dove headlong into figurative forms. Guston’s
provocative figuration, famously exhibited in 1970, was resisted and
criticized by the art world establishment, but eventually influenced a
score of later artists, including Nicole Eisenman, Amy Sillman, Carroll
Dunham, Georg Baselitz, and David Salle.
Deeply influenced by the Surrealists, Joseph Cornell
(American, 1903-1972) created intricate assemblages and shadow box
tableaux in the vein of the Dada artists Marcel Duchamp and Kurt
Schwitters, and was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1936
exhibition, Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism. “Fanny Cerrito in
Ondine,” one of these box constructions, is an homage to the Italian
ballet dancer and choreographer and typifies Cornell’s meticulous sense
of detail and mystery.
1922–1993), an exemplary figure in postwar American Abstraction,
created innovative figurative and representational works in the late
1950s through the mid-1960s. During this phase of his career, he turned
against the prevailing tide of Abstract Expressionism and returned to
the possibilities of representational figure painting. Working directly
from a live model, Diebenkorn masterfully explores the intricate
interplay within intimate interiors between formal rigor, studied
observation, and diverse mark making. Whereas his abstract pictures are
characterized by lush fields of color, the examples of figurative work
here are intimate studies, markedly washed of color yet no less powerful
Hedda Sterne (1910-2011),
a Romanian émigré often noted as the only woman in the famous Life
Magazine photograph of New York School Abstract Expressionists dubbed
“The Irascibles”, created imagistic work that refused to adhere to
stringent classification. Sterne worked fluidly between abstraction and
figuration. Deeply related to her Baldanders series, the works included
in this exhibition are complex line drawings that weave together to
create haunting, enigmatic portraits.
Akin to Diebenkorn, the contemporary practice ofJeronimo Elespe’s (b.
1975, lives in Madrid) is a focused meditation on the artist’s life at
home and in the studio. Regarded for his paintings on aluminum, Elespe’s
work merges fantasy with memory in dreamlike renderings of interior
scenes and representative portraits of family and friends, the inclusion
of which suggests an autobiographical narrative.
The geometrically-inflected, mixed media work of Volker Hüller
(b. 1976, Forchheim, Germany) is in conversation with the figurative
continuum. Born in Germany and currently based in New York, Hüller’s
practice reconciles the deeply-felt strokes of European Expressionism
with a decidedly American view. His paintings, realized in various
degrees of figuration and embedded within geometric abstraction, explore
the modernistic tendencies of the 20th Century Cubists, and channel
Klee and Picasso in their approach to space and form.
(b. 1975, Stamford, Connecticut) creates dynamic paintings of kinetic
energy rendered in an exuberant palette and a clear Futurist lineage.
She has worked in both the figurative and abstract traditions,
reconciling the lessons of each into a sui generis amalgam (her
paintings often employ PVC, acrylics, and Mylar). Her work, which has
often depicted race cars and tracks as a means of exploiting speed,
integrate sharp, angular forms and translucent washes of vivid color
that feel both futuristic and deeply embedded in the visual vocabulary
of 20th Century Modernism.
About Van Doren Waxter Established
in 2013, Van Doren Waxter specializes in American Abstraction from
1950-1990 exclusively representing the James Brooks Foundation, the
Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, works on paper from the Al Held
Foundation, the Harvey Quaytman Estate, the Alan Shields Estate, and the
Hedda Sterne Foundation. Additionally, the gallery handles secondary
market works, specializing in John Chamberlain, Mark di Suvero, Sam
Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz
Kline, John McLaughlin and Frank Stella, among others.
Contact Information 23 East 73rd Street New York, NY 10021 Tel: 212-445-0444