Barbara Chase-Riboud: One Million Kilometers of Silk
October 31, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Wall Street Journal
by Peter Plagens
“The bona fides of Barbara Chase-Riboud—who was born in 1939 and has lived mostly in Paris for the past half-century—are nothing if not daunting. She has won a Carl Sandburg Award for her poetry, has written several well-received novels (one of which, about Sally Hemings, sold a million copies), has been given an Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France, and in 2007 was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s Caucus for Art of the College Art Association.
The reason for the last honor is Ms. Chase-Riboud’s sculpture—tall (6 to 7 1/2 feet), free-standing (but with a decided front side), abstract combinations of bronze and silk. In some pieces, the metal is shiny and gold; in others, it is matte black. In all, however, the silk appears mostly in rope form and resembles the ties used to draw back opera curtains, or for kings and queens to summon a servant to their bedsides. The cords of fabric gush downward from the metal elements like little waterfalls. “Elegant” doesn’t begin to describe the effect..."
The Lookout: Art in America
by Leigh Anne Miller
"If you missed Barbara Chase-Riboud's exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art earlier this year, there's still time to see an impressively thorough collection of her sculptures and drawings at Michael Rosenfeld this winter. Riboud, an African American artist based in France and Italy since the mid-1960s, has been making work (and writing award-winning volumes of poetry) for decades, but is experiencing something of a revival, thanks to the PMA show. At Rosenfeld, her folded, ribbonlike sculptures-cast bronze (using the lost-wax method), with thick, knotted ropes of silk, wool and other fabrics-are accompanied by over a dozen (mixed-media drawings), many of which depict monuments commemorating people from the Marquis de Sade to Man Ray to Oscar Wilde."
A Booksigning with Barbara Chase-Riboud
Saturday, November 1st / 4:00-6:00pm
Everytime a Knot is Undone, A God is Released:
Collected and New Poems, 1974-2011
by Barbara Chase-Riboud
Published by Seven Stories Press (New York)
Please join Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Barbara Chase-Riboud and
Seven Stories Press to celebrate the release of this anthology of poetry.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery now represents Barbara Chase-Riboud.
Press Release - Claire Falkenstein
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery to Represent The Falkenstein Foundation
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery proudly announces its representation of The Falkenstein Foundation, established in 1997 to preserve, promote, and support the legacy of Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997). The gallery has long been a champion of Falkenstein’s work, including her sculptures regularly in group exhibitions since 1999. The gallery is also currently planning a solo exhibition of her work for the near future.
Celebrated for her exquisite structures of fused metal and glass, Claire Falkenstein was a versatile innovator who moved fluidly between two- and three-dimensional media, bringing the elegance and complexity of her sculptural work to paintings, drawings, lithographs, and even jewelry. Falkenstein spent most of her career unaffiliated with specific art movements, and this individuality enabled her to develop a singular visual vocabulary that was grounded in nature and influenced by the seaweed, shells, stones, and driftwood that captivated her as a child growing up in the small costal lumber town of Coos Bay, Oregon.