Christopher Wool

Christopher Wool
She Smiles for the Camera I 2005
Enamel on Linen
104 x 78 inches
Christopher Wool is best known for his large black paintings of stenciled letters on white canvas. Still working in a monochromatic color palette, Wool creates tension and depth in She Smiles for the Camera by layering, erasing, and obliterating using bold brush stokes and an almost handwritten line. Christopher Wool has shown extensively around the world and has been shown in Museums such as, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is currently represented by Gagosian in New York city.


Pia Fries

Pia Fries
Argyl 2001
Oil and Silkscreen on Wood
260 cm x 205 cm

Pia Fries, known for her colorful compositions, often works with silkscreen and paint with a dialogue that blurs technique and medium allowing the viewer to concentrate on the bold interaction of color, sculptural shape and bright surfaces. Pia studied at the the Lucerne School of Art, Sculpture department in 1980 and then in 1986 with Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie. Fries lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany and is represented by CRG Gallery in New York as well as Galerie Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels, Galerie Nelson, Paris, Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, The Box Associati, Zurich, Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and Galaeria Distrito Cu4tro in Madrid.


Claude Monet

Claude Monet
Water Lilies 1914-26
Oil on Canvas
Three Panels 6' 63/4" x 13' 11 1/4" overall 41' 10 3/8"

Claude Monet's Water Lilies on view at MOMA through April 12, 2010
When Monet was 42 years old, he cultivated a flower garden and Japanese Water Lily pond that became the main subject of his art for the duration of his career. His first paintings of water lilies were naturalistic and in 1909 the first exhibition of these paintings were well received. After the outbreak of World War I, Monet lost both his wife and son and he was beginning to lose his eyesight. In 1915 Monet built a studio to accommodate canvases up to fifteen feet long where he worked on more abstract versions of Water Lily paintings. When the paintings were first exhibited in 1927, they were rejected by the critics and disregarded for many years. This work was re-discovered in the mid 20th century and are now recognized as some of the most important works of their time and of Monet's career.


Michael Raedecker

Michael Raedecker
Scene 1997
Acrylic and Thread on Linen
50 x 70 cm

As the sun sets, a shadow of a tree in the front yard cascades along the siding of a ranch house in what appears to be a quiet suburban neighborhood. In "Scene", Michael Raedecker renders the house by using simple shape that follows the roofline, barely indicating when the sky begins or when the grass starts to slope. More importantly, the picture's hyper focus is on what lies behind the sliding glass doors. The blackened interior creates a void of isolated darkness. Through Michael's adept less is more execution the picture's simplicity is its structure. The monotone coloration plants his imagery solidly in the ground. The question that lurks is what is more compelling, the void itself, or the fact that the void makes the viewer becomes the voyeur.

Dee Ferris

Dee Ferris
Still Life with Flowers 2005
Oil on Canvas
183 x 183 cm

Dee Ferris's amazing abstract work "Still Life With Flowers" captures the moment where we try to grasp a memory or feeling from our past. She has stolen the moment in time, yet still makes us aware that time is passing and there is nothing we can do about it. Her soft blurry layered surfaces are powerful and pure. Her mastery of media lets us hold the thought and sit for a while getting lost in the depth of highlight and shadow. Dee Ferris has taken a snapshot and successfully articulated in paint the complexity of a split second. Bliss.

Louisa Chase

Louisa Chase
Untitled 1988
Oil on Canvas
84" x 72"

Louisa Chase "Untitled" can be viewed at The Parrish Art Museum located in Southampton, New York. Louisa Chase was born in Panama City in 1951. She got her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University and then went on to Yale University School of Art (1975) to receive her MFA. Her abstract paintings and prints are in Museum Collections worldwide including The Albright-Knox Museum, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum, and Stadt Nurnberg Kunsthalle (Germany). Her work was shown recently in the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Louisa resides in Long Island, NY.
The Parrish Art Museum's permanent collection includes over 900 works by artists who have have had a significant connection to the east end of Long Island.


Angelina Gualdoni

Angelina Gualdoni
Nocturne 2005
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
122 x 152.5 cm

Nocturne portrays an abandoned shopping mall in the midwest, a modern ruin, the end result of leaving main street for a better deal. Angelina Gualdoni portrayed a dark and decaying landscape, an endeavor gone wrong, a life's work that took the last train out for some other destination. Her watery technique of layering becomes a literal psychological and architectural testimony to society and the result of another bad decision in speculation. A downturn in the market with someone else to blame. Aside from all that her painting is good and accurate, inspired and well executed. She gives us a good visual and cleverly informs us with a journalistic birds eye view, with correct perspective, of a dismal snapshot of reality. Oh yeah, it is the beginning of the end of the commercial empire. They say when the psychics move out of San Francisco get ready....well, when the artist is commenting on the economic graveyard of commercial real estate it's time to invest in art.


Construction of The Sackler Center

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Troy Tapestry
Late 15th Century Tapestry depicting the Trojan War is on display for the first time in 20 years in the new galleries. (detail)
The Victoria and Albert Museum opened its new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries on December 2. Please celebrate the new wing comprised of 10 galleries where you will find the finest examples of European Art and design from the fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance period AD300-1600. Other works on view include sculptures from Donatello who is thought of as one of the most innovative sculptors of the time and the Santa Chiara chapel (1494-1500) from Florence which is the only chapel in a museum collection in the world.


Miro Reflections

Bijou LeTord


Kandinsky at The Guggenheim

Kandinsky at The Guggenheim
September 18th, 2009-January 13, 2010
Wassily Kandinsky (b.1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
This exhibition is curated by Tracey Bashkoff, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Christian Derouet, Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Annegret Hoberg, St├Ądtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstract art and a brilliant theorist. His inspiration was derived from the landscape as well as from music. Kandinskys work is part of the core collection of the Guggenheim Museum. Solomon R. Guggenheim was first introduced to Kandinsky's work through artist Hilla Rebay who was commissioned to paint Solomon's portrait. While she was painting his portrait she talked about innovative painting that was taking place in Germany. Hilla Rebay organized a trip to see Kandinskys canvases and Solomon was impressed. He wanted to bring the work to the United States and began collecting in 1929. Ten years later Hilla Rebay and Solomon opened the Museum of Non-Objective Paining in New York. In 1943 Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum which was largely inspired by Vasily Kandinsky's work. Today the exhibition is widely attended as we celebrate his work and the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum. Heartfelt thanks to Hilla Rebay and her passion for abstract painting and innovation in the arts so that many years later we can attend this exceptional exhibition.

Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl
"Corrida in Ronda"
Mary Boone Gallery
Paintings by Eric Fischl
31 October to 19 December 2009
Tuesday to Friday 10 – 6
Saturday 10 – 6
Press Release

On 31 october 2009 the Mary Boone Gallery will open at its Chelsea location "Corrida in Ronda", an exhibition of paintings by ERIC FISCHL.

The subject of this new series is the Corrida Govesca held each September in the Andalusian town of Ronda. The toreros, or bullfighters, dress in 18th century attire as in the era of the Spanish painter Goya, who designed their distinctive costume. This theatrical and picturesque tradition, rich in the history of art and literature, persists in the face of increasing sentiment that it is outdated and inhumane. As in his earlier depictions of suburban America, the French Rivera, India, and Rome, Fischl here captures particular customs through color, viewpoint, and attention to ritualized gestures. Working from his own photographs, in these eight large paintings Fischl situates the bull as the crux of each composition. The intense Mediterranean light is devised to sharply divide each image between areas of dazzling color and dark shadow enlivened by Fischl's characteristically deft handling of paint.

The exhibition, at 541 West 24 Street, will run through 19 December 2009.