Irving Norman: War & Peace, Monumental Paintings, 1969-1986
September 6 – October 25, 2014
Betye Saar Installation and Medal Ceremony
Installation at Sharon Arts Center
August 1 - 25, 2014
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is thrilled to announce that The MacDowell Colony has chosen Betye Saar to be the 2014 recipient of its prestigious Edward MacDowell Medal. The first artist residency program in the United States, The MacDowell Colony was founded in 1907 by composer Edward MacDowell and his wife Marian. Since 1960, the Colony has awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal annually to individual artists making outstanding contributions to their fields. Past recipients in the visual arts have included Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson, Willem de Kooning, and Louise Bourgeois.
In celebration of this honor, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery and the Sharon Arts Center of the New Hampshire Institute of Art have collaborated on an exhibition of Saar’s work to be on view in the arts center window from August 1 to August 25.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, has represented Betye Saar since 1996.
Edward MacDowell Medal Ceremony
Sunday, August 10, 2014
THE MACDOWELL COLONY
100 High Street
Picnic Lunch 1:15pm
Open Studios 2-5pm
Free and open to the public
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Image: Betye Saar with The Destiny of Latitude and Longitude, 2010. Photograph by Jacob Wheeler
Upcoming Art Fairs
May 9 - July 25, 2014
Nancy Grossman: The Edge of Always Reviews
Art in Review by Roberta Smith
The New York Times, May 29, 2014
"Nancy Grossman is best known for the elegant, androgynous, highly suggestive sculptures that she began to make in 1968: carved wood heads attired in intricate, hand-sewn leather hoods and masks festooned with chains and spikes. But the little-seen assemblage reliefs that she began making in 1964, when she was only 24, are just as good, maybe better.
In any event, this show, the first in-depth presentation of these pieces since the 1960s, is remarkable. They are alien forces of nature yet fiercely in dialogue with much of the art of their time, riffing simultaneously and effortlessly on Abstract Expressionism, junk sculpture, Pop Art and a “specific-objects” type fusion of painting and sculpture..."
Critic's Pick: Nancy Grossman
ArtForum, June 2014
"There’s an unsalutary air about Nancy Grossman’s wall-bound assemblages: a sense of impaction or suppurated swell like a beetle squished then left to harden. For all their blunt materiality, her bas-reliefs, produced between 1964 and ’67, invite metaphor. Elaborated on canvas reinforced with plywood, each consists of leather artifacts—gloves, jackets, boots, harnesses, and so forth—which Grossman has deconstructed and collaged with bits of mangled wood, metal, rubber, and rope. Color is subdued, restricted to reddish browns and black acrylic, which coats the scavenged debris and canvas ground: here, a desultory splotch; there, a faux-AbEx drip. The results, hung alongside a selection of drawings and three freestanding forms, straddle painting and sculpture."
Art is Everywhere US
Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Soul Three, 1968
William H. Johnson (1901-1970), Blind Singer, c.1940, pochoir on paper, 17 1/2" x 11 1/2"; Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Soul Three, 1968, collage on board, 44" x 55 1/2", signed and dated; Collection of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is proud to have placed these works by Romare Bearden and William H. Johnson in the permanent collection of these fine institutions. They were selected with votes from the American public to be included in the Art Everwhere US campaign.
William H. Johnson (1901-1970), Blind Singer, c.1940
The Art Everywhere US campaign is a public celebration of great American art exhibited on thousands of out of home (OOH) advertising displays across America. OOH advertising displays include billboards, bus shelters, subway posters, and much more.
Throughout the entire month of August, cherished American artworks will be seen by millions of people every day when they are commuting to work, taking the kids to school, hailing a taxi, shopping in a mall, catching a bus or pursuing other routine activities.
The movement for art to be seen everywhere is inspired by Art Everywhere founder, Richard Reed, who first produced Art Everywhere UK.
Five of America’s leading art museums have selected works of art that represent American history and culture. The American public has voted for their favorite artworks. The final selection of 58 works are to be featured in the Art Everywhere US campaign, on display from August 4-31, 2014.