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Bold new series of work created during the pandemic quarantine.
Virtual Tour: Online Initiatives for Worldwide Digital Viewing
On Mira Lehr's 60th anniversary of founding one the first artist co-ops for women artists in America, in 1960.
Mira Lehr: Planetary Visions from Spaceship Earth
at Rosenbaum Contemporary
Ancient Secret Map, by Mira Lehr (burned Japanese paper, ignited gunpowder, ink, thread and pins on canvas), 2020.
Mira Lehr Confronts 2020 with New Planetary Visions and Takes Us Forward Beyond Boundaries
the pandemic quarantine this year, the celebrated artist Mira Lehr has
created more work now than ever before in her six decades of
artmaking. Her new series, called Planetary Visions, represents a bold departure for the artist.
has been invited to present a solo exhibition featuring this new series
at Rosenbaum Contemporary gallery in Boca Raton, Florida (November 16 -
gallery has launched online initiatives to allow art lovers from all
over the world to experience Lehr’s new work across digital platforms.
This year also marks the 60th
anniversary of Lehr’s visionary founding of Continuum, one of America’s
first women artist co-ops which she pioneered in 1960.
is a major turning point for humanity. Because of the global pandemic,
for the first time in human history, the entire population of the planet
is thinking about the same problems ─ and grasping for the same
solutions,” says Mira Lehr.
“Together, we can meet this challenge and use this time to transcend across borders and places, with a unified vision for the world. We must now work together to address global problems without thoughts of artificial separations between human beings.”
What This Earth Does Not Remember, I and II, by Mira Lehr, from the new series Planetary Visions (acrylic, ink, gunpowder, ignited fuses, burned and dyed Japanese paper, and handwriting on canvas), 2020.
“The title Planetary Visions
refers to the need for all of us to remain focused on this shared
vision that we need. We are a one-world landmass island, surrounded by
water, flying across the galaxy on our Spaceship Earth. What happens in one part of our world affects all of us, and the pandemic proves this like never before,” adds Mira Lehr.
A Mystic Silence that Cannot Engage, Mira Lehr, (acrylic, ink, burned & dyed Japanese paper, handwriting, on canvas), 2020.
also refers to the mythical places featured on some of these newer
paintings, my visions of environmental flash-points happening around the
globe,” adds Lehr. “While these are all imaginary places that I envisioned as an armchair traveler during the pandemic, the climate issues depicted are very real: rising seas, air pollution, global warming, and more.
issues also point back to the pandemic. Each invented place represents
different climate challenges that are alarming, and time is running out for our planet Earth.”
She ignites gunpowder fuses across the landmasses to create the visual effect of fuses from a ticking time-bomb.
“I feel the need to explore new creative pathways
now. To create new imagery of imaginary places and events in nature,
creating poetic visions of the earth and as a result, a more inventive
and carefree approach has taken over my work,” says Lehr.
“My previous work was more part of a certain tradition in abstraction. These new works are original visions, and it feels like they are coming from a different place, more spiritual perhaps. Replaced by more of a subject matter and a narrative, about the planet and these visions.
I feel this is all new. I have no way to analyze it, this is just different.”
“It feels like I no longer have art history sitting on my shoulders
and watching what I am doing.
I am more of an explorer now,” says Lehr.
many friends have expressed their loneliness, boredom and frustrations
at this time, with the quarantine. I understand, and I empathize,” says
Lehr. “For me, however, I experienced a surge of new ideas and concepts while alone during the quarantine."
Embrace I, by Mira Lehr (burned and dyed Japanese paper, ignited fuses, ink and acrylic on raw canvas), 2020.
"This time of concern about the earth has changed everything,
and I don’t think the planet will ever be the same again.
We’re on the brink of making it ─ or not making it.”
has been more time to reflect, experiment and dream in my studio
sanctuary. Being alone, without the comings and goings of normal times,
has opened up new worlds for me."
According to Lehr, “My paintings have become darker, more mysterious.
Encased in a layer of resin that creates the appearance of a layer of
ice that seems to cover the surface, separating the image from the
viewer. Time appears to stand still, waiting for the moment to search for solutions for our world."
"These glossy surfaces also conversely carry us in ─ because the reflection is an invitation to be involved, to be aware. Help our Spaceship Earth! There’s still time, but the clock is ticking.”
The artist Mira Lehr with her painting Norweky
(acrylic, ink, burned and dyed Japanese paper, ignited fuses, and
handwriting on canvas), Portrait photograph by Michael E. Fryd (2020).
From her new series Planetary Visions, that she created during the pandemic quarantine.
The depth of Lehr’s perspective and the scope of her trajectory are singular, having worked as an artist through the social changes of the 1960s and 1970s, the 80s and the 90s. . . and now the 21st century, with its direction into the unknown that feels so impossible to navigate.
Artists can imagine places and scenarios that help all of us map out our present.
They can inspire us to make sense of our future too,
guiding us to chart new courses toward the better.
Nuclear Blue, Mira Lehr, (burned and dyed Japanese paper, steel chain, hand drawing, canvas, ink, and acrylic on canvas), 2020
new exhibition features a selection of twenty works by Lehr, spanning
nearly 2,000 square feet, with the entire front of the gallery dedicated
to this new show. The gallery is located at 150 Yamato Road, in Boca
exhibition may be viewed on-site during gallery hours, 10:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. (Tues-Sat), in accordance with current Covid-19 safety
Additionally, reservations for exclusive, private in-person viewings without any other visitors in the gallery may be made in advance by calling 561-994-9180.
Private zoom viewings also available, exclusively with the gallery owner for his personal walk-through online of the show via Zoom.
Lehr’s solo and group exhibitions number more than 300. She is a
graduate of Vassar College (1956) with a degree in Art History, under
the mentorship of Linda Nochlin, the renowned feminist art historian.
has been collected by major institutions across the U.S., including the
Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington), the Getty Museum
Research Center (Los Angeles), the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Perez
Art Museum (Miami), the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (NY), and by The
Margulies Collection, among many others.
work is in the private collections of Elie and Marion Wiesel, Jane and
Morley Safer, and the artist Judy Pfaff, among others.
is included in the prestigious Leonard Lauder Corporate Collection in
New York. Thirty of her paintings were commissioned for the permanent
collection of Mount Sinai Hospital.
work can be seen in American Embassies around the world and is
permanently on view in the lobby of the Evelyn Lauder Breast Center of
the Sloan Kettering Memorial Center.
Perfect Flight, by Mira Lehr (burned and dyed Japanese paper, ink and acrylic on canvas), 2020.
recent solo exhibition headlined Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 at the
Jewish Museum of Florida, and received national and international
Lehr's 2020 solo museum show at the Mennello Museum of American Art was selected by ArtNet News and The New York Times as one of their selections among the leading museum exhibitions in 2020 in the United States.
museum-wide exhibition at the MOCA Museum in North Miami spanned across
10,000 square feet of installations. She has currently been chosen by
Flying Horse Editions as an invited artist for a major project this
nature-based work encompasses painting, sculpture and video. She uses
non-traditional media such as gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, dyes and
welded steel. Lehr is known for igniting and exploding fuses to create
lines of fire across her paintings.
Dance, by Mira Lehr, 8’ x 12’, (burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic and ink on wood panel ), 2020.
are calling Lehr “the Godmother of Miami's art scene” because in 1960
she created one of the nation’s first co-ops for women artists, in 1960.
the age of 86 and with a career that spans more than six decades of
artmaking, Lehr is creating more new work now than at any other point in
her life ─ with a heightened sense of urgency about the planet and
the 1950s, Lehr studied and worked in New York as an artist, where she
met some of America’s most prominent masters including: Joan Mitchell,
Lee Krasner, and Helen Frankenthaler. She studied with James Brooks,
Ludwig Sander, Robert Motherwell, and within the Hans Hofmann circle.
Lehr moved back to Florida in 1960, she was shocked at the lack of an
art scene, especially for women. She convinced many of the masters from
New York to visit and lead workshops for her league of women artists.
This helped the evolution of art in Florida.
was selected in 1969 by Buckminster Fuller, as one of only two artists,
to participate in his World Game Project about sustainability and his
groundbreaking “Spaceship Earth” concept which preceded the world's very
first Earth Day in 1970.
video installation, V1 V3, was on view at the New Museum, NY. Her work
has been included in numerous art fairs during Art Basel Miami Beach,
including Art Miami, Pinta Art Fair and INK.
was the recipient of the Vizcaya Museum Lost Spaces Commission, where
she was commissioned to create a site-specific installation by the
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens as part of Vizcaya’s centennial