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DC Moore’s upcoming exhibition

This week’s blog is dedicated to one of Gallery Guide’s favorite clients DC Moore.  Read on to learn more about their upcoming exhibition!

Claire Sherman, Sky, 2014, mixed media on paper, 12 x 9 inches

DC Moore Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Sempervirens, which marks painter Claire Sherman’sNew York solo debut with the gallery. A catalogue with an essay by Joe Fyfe will be available.

Gestural and heroic, Claire Sherman’s canvases investigate the confusion of scale and space. Purposefully composed in a single day, each composition originates from a specific place and a finite period of time, rendered in sweeping lines and impasto paint. Sherman intentionally retains all of the stumbles, victories, and awkward brushstrokes that lay tangled on the surfaces of each heavily worked canvas.

The physical nature of Sherman’s painting method is heavily influenced by references she draws through her extensive travel and eclectic reading. Joe Fyfe describes in his catalogue essay, “Sherman’s landscape pictures demonstrate an awareness of this semiotic distinction in the very tenuousness between the originating site and its depiction. Sherman makes no bones about how a landscape site can be a stand-in for a psychological state, a romantic scene, or a historical convention, but is ultimately an archetype.”

Curious about both the semiotic fracturing of language as well as the courageous adventuring of 19th century female travelers, Sherman reads the works of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy as carefully as she does the iconoclastic journaling of Isabella Bird. She describes: “My work is frequently influenced by literature – my recent dirt paintings represent a space from underground, looking out. As William Faulkner imagines sequences of As I Lay Dying from the perspective of Addie, the deceased matriarch, my paintings relate to the idea of being outside a narrative looking in.”

Subjects central to this exhibition are the giant sequoias of the southern Sierra Nevada, as well as the California coastal redwoods. Sherman attacks her subject, wrestles with it, and renders it with enormous strength. She hopes, “to disrupt the idealism of imagery through the construction of marks together: image and expectation are disrupted by paint. Spaces crumble and fall apart, creating tension between the painted surfaces only to decompose, disintegrate, and settle into ambiguity. The choreography of paint in my work is meant to create a visceral chaotic reaction rather than remaining a mere representation of experience.”

Art Southampton 2014

Gallery Guide is excited to celebrate to opening of Art Southampton!  Please read below for more information about the fair.

Art Southampton, presented by Art Miami, is the premier international contemporary and modern art fair taking place at the peak of the social and cultural season in the Hamptons, July 24 through 28, 2014. The fair features a carefully selected group of more than 75 international art galleries with a strong focus on works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Each year, the fair is located on the sprawling 18-acre estate property behind the Southampton Elks Lodge and adjacent to the Southampton Golf Club, directly off of Route 27 A. The proximity of the Art Southampton pavilion provides convenient access for residents and collectors on Long Island, the greater New York region and the Tri-State area who visit the Hamptons frequently during the summer. Ample on-site parking and valet service are available.

Summer Exhibitions at Stephen Bulger Gallery

This week’s blog post is brought you you by Gallery Guide’s newest client, Stephen Bulger Gallery located in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy!

After a long Toronto winter, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful weather we’re basking in this summer. What better way to do that than walking around downtown and popping into the gallery for our summer exhibitions? Located in the Queen West gallery district, there are no shortages of art and trendy restaurants to make for a perfect summer afternoon outing.

Exterior with Columns, 2013 © Carl Zimmerman / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

Wrapping up our lingering chilly thoughts of the past season is Carl Zimmerman’s “Cold City”. This intriguing series composes monumental architectural spaces, prompting the viewer to question their origin. For over two decades, Zimmerman’s installation and photographic practice has explored the idea of constructed environments, in particular, the utopian role played by Neo-classical architecture. He begins this process by constructing architectural models that are photographed and then digitally edited.

Los Angeles (Two Children Kissing at Tennis Net), 1955 © Vivian Maier / Courtesy of the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection and Stephen Bulger Gallery

Following up the fictional Zimmerman show is our much anticipated Vivian Maier exhibition “Photographs of Children”. Gaining a great amount of notability after her death, Maier photographed obsessively throughout her career as a nanny. Her collection was only discovered after a box of largely unprocessed images was auctioned off in Chicago. Our upcoming show celebrates the children Maier spent the majority of her life with.

Visit the Gallery’s microsite for more information!

Gallery Guide at Basel

Many of Gallery Guide’s clients are presenting new and exciting works at this years Art Basel.

Please visit our fair page to learn more and read below for more information about the fair!

Art Basel has been described as the ‘Olympics of the Art World’. Over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars.

The show’s individual sectors represent every artistic medium: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Each day offers a full program of events, including symposiums, films, and artist talks. Further afield, exhibitions and events are offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

See below for some booth highlights from Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art:

Andy Warhol, 20 Pink Maos, 1979, Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 39.13 x 38 inches

Willem de Kooning, Woman (Arthur’s Woman), 1969, oil on canvas, 59.75 x 48.25 inches

Alex Katz, Ted Berrigan, 1967, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Leila Heller Opens in Midtown with One of New York’s Largest Gallery Spaces

This week’s Gallery Guide post is about Leila Heller Gallery‘s new uptown space.  Enjoy!

Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce a major expansion with the opening of its second New York City gallery at 43 West 57th Street, a six-floor gallery space that is amongst the largest in New York.

The Leila Heller Gallery 57th Street is an 18,000 square foot space, with unique multi-dimensional capability, including a 60-seat theater/auditorium and a full-floor project space for the purpose of showcasing exhibitions by emerging artists and curators.

Maria Kren, Armor I, 2014, LED back-lit etching on resin-coated Plexiglas, 36 x 42 inches

The new gallery is debuting with an exciting inaugural exhibition entitled Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present. This expansive exhibition spans almost two centuries with over 200 art works by 170 artists and explores perhaps the broadest and most practiced genre in art history.  Look at Me includes works by many renowned artists, including:  Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Tom Wesselmann, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Mitra Tabrizian, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Firooz Zahedi, Jack Pierson, John Currin, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, George Condo, Loretta Lux, Marilyn Minter, Ai Wei Wei, Youssef Nabil, Iké Udé, Farideh Lashai, Shoja Azari, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Josh Azzarella, Reza Aramesh. The exhibition, which is mounted across both Leila Heller Gallery locations, features many seminal works, including Warhol’s “Blue Jackie,” “Bill” by Elaine de Kooning and “Peintre et son Modele” by Picasso.

Fernand Léger, Head of a Girl, 1953, Glazed ceramic, 18 x 12 inches

In addition to 57th Street’s sheer size, the Gallery is a multidimensional and versatile space. The theater / auditorium space will present films and video art installations as well as host speaking engagements and panel discussions of cultural interest. The Gallery will also invite outside cultural organizations to use the auditorium for complementary activities. The project space offers a truly unique platform. In addition, the new gallery location will house the Gallery’s extensive library and expansive private viewing spaces and offices.

Beyond the inaugural exhibition, the new space will be devoted to an expanding contemporary artists program and will leverage the Gallery’s longstanding expertise with private sales of Modern and Contemporary Masters to mount exhibitions of historical interest. The exhibition program will include solo exhibitions, curated exhibitions, and survey shows focusing on broader art movements and themes.

Firooz Zahedi, Angelina Jolie, 2001 (printed 2011), Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura Matte Paper ,42 x 33 inches

The West 25th Street location in Chelsea will remain dedicated to fostering the careers of emerging and mid-career artists, whose works will be presented selectively at 57th Street in a deeper art historical context via exhibitions mounted alongside concurrent shows of well established Modern and Contemporary artists.

Gallery Guide welcome’s its newest client

We are pleased to welcome our newest client, Alpha Gallery located in Boston, to Gallery Guide!

Image from the gallery’s current exhibition “Aaron Fink: The Rite of Spring”

According to the gallery:

Alpha Gallery was founded in 1967 with a mission to represent the best of contemporary art in the Boston area. Over the years, the gallery repertoire has expanded to include artists from other areas of the country, as well as modern master prints and American masters of the 20th century.

The gallery exhibits work ranging from representation to pure abstraction. It is our belief that an artist’s work should be judged on its own terms and that one can have strong responses to a variety of aesthetic approaches. Although the primary focus is on painting, we carry works on paper and mixed media, and sculpture as well.

For the last 32 years, the gallery has presented an annual “New Talent” exhibition comprised of artists who are new to our audience.

Exhibitions of emerging, mid-career and established artists are punctuated by special shows of master artists such as Pablo Picasso, Fairfield Porter, Max Beckmann, Arnulf Rainer, Arthur Dove, John Marin, as well as Milton Avery, whose estate we represent.

Alpha Gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America and a founding member of the Boston Art Dealers Association.

Pulse New York 2014

This week’s blog is about Pulse Art Fair

Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has nurtured galleries and created an international community for them to grow within the contemporary art market.

PULSE combines thoughtfully curated exhibitions with an evolving series of programming, which reflects the fair’s commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one.

Under the leadership of Helen Toomer, newly appointed director, PULSE New York 2014 will present a revitalized platform for the discovery of contemporary art and will continue to demonstrate the fair’s commitment to the exchange of ideas from pioneering and seasoned artists.

We hope to see you at the fair!

The story behind the Affordable Art Fair

Way back in 1966, Will Ramsay opened Will’s Art Warehouse in southwest London to bridge the public’s increasing interested in contemporary art and London’s highbrow gallery scene.  By concentrating on relatively unknown works from about $100 up to $5,000 from a stable of over 150 artists.  The response Will received from his Art Warehouse inspired him to take his approach to the next level, and three years later the Affordable Art Fair was born.  By embracing other friendly galleries selling affordable art, the first fair launched in Battersea Park in October 1999.  10,000 visitors took advantage of the ease of buying, breadth of choice, affordable prices and user-friendly approach.  

Today, Will’s Art Warehouse still stands and the Affordable Art Fair has become something of a global phenomenon.  The Affordable Art Fair now takes place in cities including Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, New York, Milan, London, Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Seattle, Stockholm, Hong Kong and Maastricht.  Globally, over 1.4 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair and purchased over $316 million worth of art.

But Will didn’t just stop with the Affordable Art Fair.  He also founded the contemporary art hub PULSE, held annually in New York and Miami; co-founded Asia’s leading art fair, the prestigious Art HK (which has since become Art Basel in Hong Kong); as well as being a co-shareholder of Art India, the country’s first international art fair, attracting over 190,000 visitors since its launch in 2008.

Click here for more information about the fair

Von Lintel Gallery’s inaugural Los Angeles Exhibition

The week’s blog post celebrates Von Lintel Gallery’s move to the west coast.  Enjoy!

For the inaugural Los Angeles exhibition of the Von Lintel Gallery (opening March 22nd in Culver City after over a decade in Manhattan’s Chelsea Arts District), Lay of the Land curator Farrah Karapetian culled from artists, primarily based in LA, with a variety of perspectives on both photography and the city itself that reinforce the reputation of LA as a place for experimentation and of its landscapes as a well of inspiration. The show recognizes Los Angeles as yielding a rich field of practice precisely because its artistic history and sense of place have never been codified.

Ed Ruscha‘s Los Angeles Apartments of the 1960s are a crucial part of that argument: the work is not beholden to the medium’s strictures conceptually or technically just as the imagery is not beholden to the city’s perpetuated myth. These pictures alongside Catherine Opie’s mini-malls, Florian Maier-Aichen’s altered image of a snowy La Brea Boulevard and Peter Holzhauer’s close-ups of mark-makings on city surfaces suggest the broad parameters within which the city landscape and the photographic medium can be understood.

Mateo Tannatt, Untitled, 2013 Archival pigment print, 53 x 36 inches,
Edition of 3, Courtesy of the artist and Marc Foxx Gallery

Many of the works are generated by a conceptual framework but result in imagery transcending its own rules. Anthony Hernandez’s images taken inside homeless camps become projects in abstraction and Sharon Lockhart’s photographs pulled from carefully constructed projects suggest two potentials for interior life: labor and pause. Zoe Crosher’s LAX series grounds dreamy lyricism in the banality of the airport motel and Klea McKenna’s photograms of rain exist on the backdrop of California’s longstanding conditions of drought. Mateo Tannatt’s untitled image of jeans strewn in the branches of a lemon tree becomes a pictograph: a surreal moment of found visual poetry.

Photography can also be a tool that speaks to other kinds of image production. Brice Bischoff’s movements in the Bronson Caves, recorded photographically and producing a colorful haze, suggest opportunities to consider time and its mysteries as much as their environmental backdrop. Amir Zaki’s prints demonstrate the potent and quiet combination of multiple moments: fog obscuring the architecture above seaside cliffs; the viewer’s back remaining to the ocean. Melanie Willhide’s images recovered off a stolen and improperly wiped laptop are deliciously corrupt and, like Zaki’s photographs, deny total access to the presumed content of the work. Soo Kim renders trees from cut paper that are not literally photographic but echo the forms and practices developed through her photographic work.

Klea McKenna, Rainstorm 6 (California, February), 2014,
photogram of rain on gelatin silver fiber paper, unique,
34 x 41 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery

Each of these artists creates work with consequences reaching beyond the borders of Southern California and the photographic medium at large. The legacy of such imagery is that as photography becomes increasingly conversant with other practices, Los Angeles becomes ever more a part of the world.

After two decades in business, the Von Lintel Gallery is excited to become part of the burgeoning, vibrant Los Angeles art world. Drawn by the growing community of artists living in LA and the opportunity to be part of a developing art center, the move to California will allow the Von Lintel Gallery to expand its vision and scope and most importantly, grow a lemon tree in the backyard.

Melanie Willhide, Trick #2 and Trick #4, Palm Springs, June, 2011,
Archival pigment print, 30 x 28 inches,
Edition of 5, Courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery

Von Lintel Gallery
Lay of the Land
March 22 – May 2014
Opening: Saturday, March 22, 5-8PM
Artists: Florian Maier-Aichen | Brice Bischoff
Zoe Crosher | Anthony Hernandez | Peter Holzhauer
Soo Kim | Sharon Lockhart | Klea McKenna
Catherine Opie | Ed Ruscha | Mateo Tannatt
Melanie Willhide | Amir Zaki

TEFAF Maastricht 2014

TEFAF Maastricht (14-23 March 2014) is universally regarded as the world’s leading art fair, setting the standard for excellence in the art market. The Fair truly is an event not to be missed by collectors and museum representatives.

Presenting 260 of the world’s leading galleries from 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a continuously evolving showcase for the best works of art currently on the market. In addition to the traditional areas of Old Master Paintings and antique Works of Art, you can see and buy at TEFAF Maastricht a wide variety of Classical Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as Jewellery, 20th Century Design and Works on Paper.

TEFAF Maastricht is unequalled in its level of quality and in the methods it employs to establish and guarantee the authenticity of every painting and object on offer. Participating dealers are admitted only after a strict selection process. TEFAF Maastricht’s ground breaking vetting system involves no fewer than 175 international experts in 29 different categories, who examine every work of art in the Fair for quality, authenticity and condition, ensuring that you can buy with the greatest possible confidence.

Click to visit the fair page on ARTINFO