New York Edition
May 6–7: Preview
For the inaugural edition of Frieze Viewing Room—an ambitious new digital initiative—Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is proud to present an exhibition contextualizing the figurative historicism of Benny Andrews (1930-2006), Robert Colescott (1925-2009) and Bob Thompson (1937-1966). Each artist—faithful to the figure as a timeless symbol of the human condition—revolutionized narrative painting and our understanding of history. Their paintings—made distinctive by the hot, high-key palettes of Colescott and Thompson or the muted detritus of everyday life of Andrews—are reminiscent of classical compositions rooted in the past and yet very much of the present. Often incorporating the specificities of their own lives through autobiographic references or self-portraits, their work relies on the human figure and the narratives wherein they exist as a record of history. By bringing together the work of these artists, our exhibition reveals the similarities and differences of their unique portrayals of our collective humanity. This exhibition reaffirms Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s ongoing commitment to the work of Andrews, Colescott and Thompson; the gallery represents the estates of Benny Andrews and Bob Thompson and over the last decade, Robert Colescott has consistently been included in gallery group exhibitions.