Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rick Briggs: Full Circle at Flecker Gallery

       For JMB, 2015, alkyd house paint, spray, shirts, paint skins, and roller sleeves on canvas, 66 x 72 in.

Rick Briggs: Full Circle

February 18 – March 15, 2016

Opening reception from 1:00-3:00 PM.   A gallery talk with the artist will begin shortly after introductory remarks.
Flecker Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition of recent paintings by Rick Briggs.  The show is comprised of a dozen selected paintings made between 2010 and 2015 and they pack a punch.  These are paintings that push against convention and that have established a language and a territory all their own.  Briggs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and studied there at The Tyler School of Art (BFA).  He moved to NYC in 1980 and a year later to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Later he attended SUNY Purchase (MFA).  In 2004, he was included in the Brooklyn Museum’s “Open House: Working In Brooklyn” exhibition.  The following year he had his first solo exhibition, “Painter Man”, at the Sarah Bowen Gallery.  In 2008, Robert Storr invited him to be in “Making Do Trois” at the Yale School of Art. He had his 2nd solo show at Valentine in 2012 and has been included in many group shows at venues such as the Paula Cooper Gallery, The Drawing Center, and Arts & Leisure.  In addition to his work as an artist, Briggs has curated the shows “Let’s Get Physical” and “My Big Fat Painting” and written exhibition reviews for the art website Hyperallergic.  Briggs has attended artist residencies at Bennington College, The Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony of the Arts, and at the BAU/Camargo Center in Cassis, France in 2014.  He received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2011 and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2012.  Briggs lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with contributions by Matthew Neil Gehring, Robert Storr, and Wallace Whitney.  Please visit our website or contact the gallery directly for directions, to schedule an appointment, or to request a catalog.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, February 18, from 1:00 - 3:00PM.  A gallery talk by the artist will begin just after opening remarks at 1:00PM.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from
10:00AM - 4:00PM and by appointment.        

Flecker Gallery
Suffolk County Community College
Ammerman Campus
Southampton Building
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Richard Diebenkorn at Van Doren Waxter

From the Press Release:

“I’d left all my influences in San Francisco.  I left my mentors.  I think I was saying to myself in Albuquerque that OK I’m going to damn well paint what I want I’m not going to do this qualifying of my intuitive responses….If grass green and sky blue and desert tan; if these associations come into the work that’s part of my experience.”
- Richard Diebenkorn, interview with Mark Lavatelli, Santa Monica, California, November 1978
Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper from 1949-1955 by Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993). Organized in cooperation with the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, Richard Diebenkorn: Early Color Abstractions 1949-1955 features thirty works exhibited for the first time. 
Diebenkorn’s early works from the late 40s through the mid 50s are considered among the finest examples of postwar American abstraction. Illuminating Diebenkorn's formative period, they suggest a fluidity present in his later process, which was marked by shifts into figuration and representational forms, and prefigure the iconic “Ocean Park” paintings.
Characterized by gestural, calligraphic lines and lush fields of color, these works reflect the growing momentum of abstraction pushed forward by many artists of the period. Evoking the terrain in which Diebenkorn lived—luminous swaths of ochre and marine tend to dominate—offering a convincing rejoinder to the New York School, and of work by contemporaries like Pollock and de Kooning.
Diebenkorn left Sausalito, California in 1949 to pursue his graduate degree in art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In 1952 he moved again to Urbana, Illinois to teach and then, in 1952, returned to California where he settled in Berkeley. Each new surrounding provoked a change in the artist’s palette and in the overall rhythm of his compositions.
Richard Diebenkorn: Early Color Abstractions 1949-1955 is accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalog, with an introductory essay by Mark Lavatelli, an artist, published writer and Professor of Humanities at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. 

Richard Diebenkorn: Early Color Abstractions 1949 - 1955

on view through March 5, 2016

Van Doren Waxter

. . . and a bonus James Brooks, from 1973-74, in the lobby.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paul D'Agostino at Life on Mars

Paul D'Agostino, , 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches.
photo courtesy of the artist and Life on Mars

Paul D'Agostino: Scriptive Formalities

February 5 – March 6, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, February 5, 6 - 9 pm

Artist talk: Saturday, February 13, 3pm

From the Press Release:

Paul D'Agostino's third solo exhibition and his first with Life on Mars Gallery, Scriptive Formalities, is a presentation of two diverse yet not at all divergent bodies of the artist's recent works in painting, drawing, and sculpture. All of these modes are bound together by shared origins in matters of language, translation, and narrative.

D'Agostino preparing for his show soon to be on view at Life on Mars in Brooklyn, NY.
photo courtesy of Michael David / Life on Mars

Goings On All Over

Installation view: Hands Laid On at Keven Kavanagh

A closing event for Aileen Murphy and Kathy Tynan's two person show Hands Laid On.

Friday, January 29, 6 - 8 pm.

There will be a talk with the artists moderated by Ingrid Lyons followed by a performance by Richard Proffitt. The evening will conclude with a Bowie-heavy DJ set from Michael Hill.

Kevin Kavanagh
Dublin, IRL

Brenda Goodman, Self-Portrait 2, 1994, oil on wood, 48 x40 inches.

Trembling Halves 
curated by Lauren Britton and Zachary Keeting

Featuring work by Brenda Goodman and Kate Gilmore

Friday, February 5, 6 - 10 pm

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

curated by Lester Julian Merriweather

Participating artists:

Kenneth Wayne Alexander II, Melissa Dunn, Melissa Farris, Bienvenido Howard, Mary Jo Karimnia, Lawrence Matthews III, Angela D. Myers, Cedar Lorca Nordbye, Drea L. Powell, Michael Roy, Vitus Shell, Kyle Taylor and Lance Turner

Opening: Friday, January 29, 5 -7 pm

Memphis, TN


Matthew Deleget, Vanitas (Sun Yellow), 2014, enamel spray paint on canvas with decorative frame, 21 x 25 x 3.5 inches.


A one person exhibit by Matthew Deleget

Opening: January 29, 5 - 8 pm

Philip Slein Gallery
ST. Louis, MO

Systems of Compliance

Featuring work by: Christoph Borowiak, Jin-Kyoung Huh, Yoon Jung Kim and Line Krom

Opening: February 19, 7 pm

Heidelberg, DE

Installation view of works by Kimber Smith
 image courtesy of Galerie Jean Fournier

Kimber Smith: oeuvres sur papier, 1957 - 1975

On view through March 5, 2016

Galerie Jean Fournier
Paris, FR

Lisa Levy, The Artist is Humbly Present, 2016.
photo courtesy of the artist and Christopher Stout Gallery

The Artist is Humbly Present
a durational performance by artist Lisa Levy

Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 1-6 pm

Christopher Stout Gallery
Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

An Artist Talk with James Erikson at Stout Projects

James Erikson working in his studio in Philadelphia.

James Erikson will discuss the diverse methods, inspirations and influences that led to his new body of work currently on view.

Saturday, January 30, 3pm.

Stout Projects
55 Meadow Street, #310
Brooklyn, NY

How Soon is Now at the Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery

Closes February 3rd.

This pop up show in Nottingham City centre features 13 well regarded contemporary abstract artists from all over Britain. 

The show is on for seven days only; from Thursday 28th of January to the 3rd of Febuary.
The gallery is located close to Nottingham Castle and is open daily from 10.30 to 5.30 daily.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Recently Added to Our Collection: Karen Baumeister

Karen Baumeister, Untitled, acrylic on linen, 16 x 16 in.

Incredibly excited to be able to live with this Karen Baumeister piece every day. Thanks, Jeff!