Benny Andrews: The Bicentennial Series
November 8, 2016 - January 7, 2017
MRG @ Art Basel Miami Beach
JAZZ AND IMPROVISATION
December 1 - 4, 2016
Visit Michael Rosenfeld Gallery at booth K4
Artists on view:
William H. Johnson
Charmion von Wiegand
William T. Williams
View entire checklist HERE.
View installation photos HERE.
William T. Williams Representation
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery proudly announces its representation of William T. Williams (American, b.1942), whose long career has produced a singular body of abstract work. As longstanding admirers of his work, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is honored to be the first gallery since the 1970s to represent this important American artist. The gallery is currently planning a solo exhibition of his work to open in March 2017, which will be accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalogue. In December at Art Basel Miami Beach, his work will be highlighted in the gallery’s presentation of jazz and improvisation in American 20/21 century art; four major paintings and a selection of works on paper spanning 1974 to 2015 will be on view.
Read the full press release HERE.
William T. Williams with Page One (Blue Line Series), in 2010. Photograph by Nodeth Vang, New York City.
The Samburu Project - Special Event
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / 6:30-8:30pm
MICHAEL ROSENFELD GALLERY is pleased to partner with THE SAMBURU PROJECT for a special fund-raising event.
Please join us for a fun evening of cocktails, conversation, art and hors d’oeurves to support:
Visit the Samburu Project website at www.thesamburuproject.org
Matana Roberts and Special Guests
Saturday, November 12th / 4-6pm
In conjunction with Benny Andrews: The Bicentennial Series, dynamic saxophonist, composer, improviser and mixed media sound conceptualist Matana Roberts and special guests will present “it’s all a damn game,” a commissioned responsive work to Andrews’ masterpiece Circle (1971).
Matana Roberts - saxophone,composition,conduction
Darius Jones - saxophone
Andrew D'Angelo -saxophone
Evan Rapport - saxophone
Paula Henderson - saxophone
Ras Moshe - saxophone
Craig Shenker - saxophone
Defined as a “major talent” and “the spokeswoman for a new, politically conscious and refractory Jazz scene”, Matana Roberts is internationally renowned for her multi-disciplinary work that includes dance, poetry, and theater. Chicago-raised and New York City-based, Roberts received her essential training from free arts programs in the American public school system. In the early 2000s, she made two records as a core member of “Sticks and Stones” quartet and she has since gone on to release a diverse body of solo and ensemble work under her own name. To date, she is perhaps best known for her acclaimed “Coin Coin” project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting” that aims to expose the mystical roots and the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression. In 2014, Matana received the Doris Duke Impact Award and the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
MRG Lecture Series: Alfonso Ossorio–Congregations
“Color Science: Alchemical Colors of Alfonso Ossorio”
by Martha Bergman
LECTURE & RECEPTION
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Martha Bergman, a painter and retired founder of Gamblin Artists Colors Co., is a leading expert on color science for visual artists and designers. As the manufacturing partner, Martha relied on historical and contemporary color scientists to guide development of standards for finest quality artists’ oil paints and mediums. Having established Art Construction Management, she currently lectures on the history of color science and works as a technical advisor on the materials used to make art.
"Ossorio Takes the Lead"
by Dr. Kent Minturn
LECTURE & RECEPTION
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Kent Minturn, PhD teaches art history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He specializes in twentieth century European and American art, film and photography. At present, he is completing a book-length study of Jean Dubuffet and Postwar French Literature. Minturn was recently awarded the 2013-14 Morgan-Menil Fellowship by The Morgan Drawing Institute and Menil Collection Drawing Institute.
Nancy Grossman @ Frieze Masters
NANCY GROSSMAN: THE 1960s
Frieze Masters: Spotlight
Regent’s Park, London, England
October 6-9, 2016
Preview Day: Wednesday, October 5
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery presents a spotlight position for Nancy Grossman (American, b.1940) at Frieze Masters, concentrating on the 1960s. The exhibition traces her artistic evolution from mixed media wall reliefs and drawings to her iconic sculptural head forms. This presentation is Grossman’s first solo exhibition in London.
View Nancy Grossman works on the artfair checklist here.
View installation photos here.
To learn more about the artist and her work, visit her artist page here.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has represented Nancy Grossman since 1997.
Nancy Grossman and "My Terrible Stomach" (1964/2015)
a Michael Rosenfeld Gallery presentation
Filmed on location at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 100 Eleventh Ave, New York City on September 1, 2016
Our appreciation to videographer John Neitzel of Digital Destinations, Electra Humphries and Marjorie Van Cura
Copyright 2016 Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC
View the video on our Michael Rosenfeld Gallery YouTube Channel here.
Alfonso Ossorio: Congregations, 1959-1969: A Centennial Celebration
September 10 – October 29, 2016
Recent Press for Alma Thomas @ SMH
The New York Times
by Ken Johnson, August 4, 2016
“Asked once by an interviewer if she saw herself as a black artist, Ms. Thomas replied: ‘No, I do not. I am an American.’ But the tradition she participated in overrode national borders. She was a euphoric Modernist, a believer in the infinite possibilities of human progress…(her work incorporates) inspirations from Kandinsky to color television and from the flowers in her garden to the Apollo moon landings…The earliest works, “Yellow and Blue” (1959) and “Untitled” (1960), reveal Ms. Thomas as an adept practitioner of Abstract Expressionism with a fine feel for color and atmosphere and a suave painterly touch.”
Read the entire review here:
The New Yorker
by Peter Schjeldahl
“Her best acrylics and watercolors of loosely gridded, wristy daubs are among the most satisfying feats (and my personal favorites) of the Washington Color School…painting shorn of imagery, the illusion of depth, and rhetorical gesture. Wielding brushes, Thomas eschewed the group’s signal technique of working strictly with stains of liquid paint on raw canvas, proving it inessential to an ordered glory of plangent hues. She seemed to absorb in a gulp the mode’s ideas—rational means, hedonistic appeals—and to add, with no loss of formal integrity, a heterodox lyricism inspired by nature. The boldly experimental work of her last years suggests the alacrity of a young master, but it harvested the resources of a lifetime.”
Read the entire review here
CBS Sunday Morning Features Norman Lewis
“Reappraising the art of Norman Lewis”
Air Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016 / 9:25AM
Host Jim Axelrod interviews the artist’s daughter Tarin Fuller, collector Darrell Walker and PAFA curator Ruth Fine about the legacy of Abstract Expressionist artist Norman Lewis.
Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis is on view at Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts thru April 2, 2016. The exhibition then travels to Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX (June 4 – August 21, 2016) and the Chicago Cultural Center (September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017)
Norman Lewis: A Selection of Paintings and Drawings was on view at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery from January 23 – March 19, 2016.