Sabina Klein: On Reflection
Sep
6
to Oct 21

Sabina Klein: On Reflection

Two galleries in New York’s Gallery Building will host the first solo exhibit in nearly a decade for New Yorker Sabina Klein.  Long-Sharp Gallery (suite 606) and John Szoke Gallery (suite 304) present Sabina Klein: On Reflection.  The exhibit will open Wednesday, September 6 from 6-8:30 pm and run through October 21, 2017.  The Gallery Building is in Midtown at 24 West 57th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. 

Sabina Klein is a master printer and an accomplished printmaker and painter in her own right: the different disciplines inform each other in her often large scale works on paper.  Her intimate knowledge of the effects different surfaces can have on the emotional content of a work, the way paint can create greater depth on one paper or narrow that distance on another is integral to her signature interplay of representational and abstract imagery. In her most recent works, abstraction takes precedence, yet there is always a connection to the figure, however muted, under layers of thinly applied paint. There is sensitivity and intelligence at work here, each painting anchored to a reality, even as we float freely between foreground and background, center and edges.  Nothing is unmoored; each mark, each figure has purpose and meaning, an emotional charge.  Her palette is clear, relying on highly nuanced primary colors, played off against neutrals, ranging in intensity from soft to dramatic.  These paintings are atmospheric and complex.  Upon reflection, one also feels the faint echo of her early years studying in Paris, the whisper of Picasso and Chagall, the heartbeat of the Paris of our dreams, made fresh by contemporary language and a finely honed vision.  Each painting here is connected, yet distinct. Klein’s language is highly developed and thoughtful enough to provide a mere hint, a reference point.   Solace and Eyes Wide Open are provocative enough to gain us entry and no more:  we need to bring our own sensibilities into the fray, spending time looking in order to see.

Klein (New York, 1949) studied with S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris.  She has printed for Krishna Reddy, Louise Nevelson, Al Held, Peter Milton, Larry Zox, and Richard Haas, among others.  She taught at Parsons School of Art and Design and the New School for Social Research.  She lives and works in New York.  Her works are in the collections of The Flint Museum, The Housatonic Museum of Art, and The New York Historical Society, among others.

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Text and Context
Jul
12
to Aug 26

Text and Context

Long-Sharp Gallery is pleased to present Text and Context, a collection of work by recent Whitney Biennial participant Rebecca Kuzemchak. The works will be on view July 12 through August 30, 2017 at the Long-Sharp Gallery Project Space, 24 West 57th Street, Suite 606. 

In this collection, Kuzemchak opens a dialogue about the history and politics of language, labor, and power dynamics within the art industry. Her works Babel and On Spectacle are easily the two best examples of this exercise as each work highlights the aggressive and labor intensive nature of the art market.

Rebecca Kuzemchak is a New York based conceptual artist. She graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a BA in Visual Arts, Psychology, and Religion, and earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. Kuzemchak recently showed her work at the Whitney Biennial with Occupy Museums’ Debtfair. The Debtfair asked artists to share their experiences dealing with the overwhelming amount of debt obtained in undergraduate and graduate school. Curators chose Kuzemchak to participate with 30 other artists from a pool of thousands of applicants.

 

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Athena Shrugged (Part 2: Jamea Richmond-Edwards)
Apr
26
to Jun 17

Athena Shrugged (Part 2: Jamea Richmond-Edwards)

A bit about Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Given her recent inclusion in the Katzen Museum’s “Art and Social Justice” exhibition, as well as the fact that her works are in very important public collections (in the US and Dakar), it is not surprising to find Jamea Richmond-Edwards listed among the 10 Female Artists of Color on the Rise (The Root, 2016) and 40 Black Artists You Should Know (Huff Post, 2013).  Her works have also been featured in Fox Network’s hit series “Empire.” Her exhibit will take place in Long-Sharp Gallery's New York Project Space from April 26-June 17. 

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A refresher about this four part exhibition series: 

“Athena Shrugged” is a series of four solo exhibits by important emerging and established female artists.  The exhibition series fills virtually all of the 2017 calendar at Long-Sharp Gallery’s New York Project Space, 24 West 57th St, New York, Suite 606. The four featured artists are Constance Edwards Scopelitis (March 8-April 22), Jamea Richmond-Edwards (April 26-June 17), Sabina Klein (September 6-October 21) and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (October 25-December 16). 

In 1971, Linda Nochlin penned her groundbreaking essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" Her answer in part was that traditions and institutions were pragmatic in their representation of women.  According to gallery owner Rhonda Long-Sharp,  “It is the responsibility of galleries, museums and auction houses to demonstrate by word and deed that talented female artists have equal importance in the artworld.”  She adds “[T]his responsibility could be no greater than it is today.” With great respect and solidarity, “Long-Sharp Gallery is honored to launch Athena Shrugged, a series of solo exhibits by four spectacularly talented female artists in one of the world’s greatest and innovative art cities.” 

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Athena Shrugged (Part I: Constance Edwards Scopelitis)
Mar
8
to Apr 22

Athena Shrugged (Part I: Constance Edwards Scopelitis)

“Athena Shrugged” is a series of four solo exhibits by important emerging and established female artists.  The exhibition series fills virtually all of the 2017 calendar at Long-Sharp Gallery’s New York Project Space, 24 West 57th St, New York, Suite 606. The four featured artists are Constance Edwards Scopelitis (March 8-April 22), Jamea Richmond-Edwards (April 26-June 17), Sabina Klein (September 6-October 21) and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (October 25-December 16). 

In 1971, Linda Nochlin penned her groundbreaking essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" Her answer in part was that traditions and institutions were pragmatic in their representation of women.  According to gallery owner Rhonda Long-Sharp,  “It is the responsibility of galleries, museums and auction houses to demonstrate by word and deed that talented female artists have equal importance in the artworld.”  She adds “[T]his responsibility could be no greater than it is today.” With great respect and solidarity, “Long-Sharp Gallery is honored to launch Athena Shrugged, a series of solo exhibits by four spectacularly talented female artists in one of the world’s greatest and innovative art cities.” 

A bit about Constance Edwards Scopelitis, whose works are on display at present:  A student of renowned female figurative artist Isabel Bishop, Edwards Scopelitis was on the jury’s short list for “Art Prize 2016.”  Her works can be found in museum exhibitions and important corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.  A 2013 Eli Lilly Artist Renewal Grant pushed Edwards Scopelitis into the new body of work which is the genesis for her solo exhibit at Long-Sharp Gallery’s New York Project Space.

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Peace, Love, Hope & Harmony
Dec
16
to Feb 25

Peace, Love, Hope & Harmony

Peace, Love, Hope & Harmony is a 5 artist group show continuing the gallery’s exploration of social justice issues.

The exhibit showcases works by Robert Indiana, including his 2013 “Shout For Peace” and works from his now iconic HOPE series begun in 2008.  Two artists from the United Kingdom are represented in the exhibit.  David Spiller’s patch-work sewn and painted canvases call for LOVE while riffing on lyrics from familiar songs like “Let it Be.”  Sculpture by British street artist D*Face is reminiscent of the “Peace Gun” created in the wake of the shooting of John Lennon.  The D*Face work depicts the word “PEACE” being propelled from the barrel of a gun.   A similar work was exhibited recently at the CAC Museum, Malaga Spain.  Harmony is represented by the works of sculptors Gino Miles (New Mexico) and Thalen & Thalen (Belgium).   Miles’ 5’ tall 400 pound bronze sculpture, “Harmony” dwarfs “Museum for a Flower” created by the Dutch father and son duo, but both works speak to the respect for co-existence and the fragility of life.

Peace, Love, Hope & Harmony will remain open through and including February 25, 2017.

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Nelson Mandela: The Artist
Oct
19
to Dec 15

Nelson Mandela: The Artist

Nelson Mandela is internationally recognized for his compassion, advocacy, and revolutionary political and peace-making efforts. Lesser known about Mandela's life is his foray into the arts in the years before his death - in which he documented, among other things, his 18 years of imprisonment at Robben Island. Mandela wrote inspirational texts to describe many of his drawings -- drawings which were published as lithographs during Mandela's lifetime and signed by him. In his Artist’s Motivation for his first series of work, Mandela wrote, "...even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life's challenges."  

This month, Long-Sharp Gallery is profoundly honored to continue our exhibition of works by Nelson Mandela in our New York Project Space. This exhibit follows a smashing showcase at our Indianapolis gallery. "Nelson Mandela: The Artist" features drawings and lithographs by the indelible Nelson Mandela alongside photographs by renowned photographers Jurgen Schadeberg and Greg Bartley.  The exhibit is presented in partnership with Belgravia Gallery (Mayfair, UK) who worked with Mandela on this project during his lifetime. 

The event will take place on October 19 from 6-9pm at The Gallery Building (24 W. 57th St., Suites 606 and 609, NY NY 10019). Anna Bonham Carter, owner of Belgravia Gallery, will be flying over to New York from London for the opening. We hope you can join us! 

Please find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram (@lsgindy) and use the hashtag #ArtOfMandela.

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Men In Suits
Sep
17
to Nov 15

Men In Suits

 

Men in Suits.  The words can conjure up board meetings and business, or elegance and GQ, intrigue or luxury, an old-school uniform that is steadily falling out of favor.  Focusing on implications of conformity and its expectations as presented by contemporary artists, this show looks at images that explore the meaning and attitudes behind the outfit – be it a three piece with tie or a superhero. The show includes a range of work from the ominous imagery of Australian painter Christopher Orchard to the pointed humor of Natasha Mayers and David Kramer, headless close-ups by Magali Nougarede, ‘60s pop photographs by William John Kennedy and the iconic portraits of Andy Warhol, among others. The exhibit will kick off with an opening at our New York Project Space (24 W. 57th St., Suite 606) from 6-9pm on Wednesday, September 21. 

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Claire Seidl: Exposures
May
21
to Jul 29

Claire Seidl: Exposures

Long-Sharp Gallery (LSG) is pleased to present Claire Seidl: Exposures opening at their New York Project Space; the exhibit will be on view from May 21 through July 29, 2016.  The Project Space (24 West 57th St., Suite 606)  is open Thursday – Friday 11AM-6PM and Saturday from 11AM-5PM.

 The exhibition, curated by Fran Kaufman, will focus on Seidl’s black and white photographs, which are, in the artist’s words “deeply rooted in the real world and filled with the specifics of people, place and natural phenomena.”  Many of her black and white images are taken at night, both indoors and in nature, when our ability to see clearly may be limited but the open gaze of the camera dispassionately records it all. She often uses long exposures which capture the small, even insignificant or sporadic movements of a person, a shaft of light, or slow-moving waves on a lake, revealing a visible record of time passing, of memory enhanced.  Seidl maintains dual and equally intense practices in painting and photography, essentially exploring the same formal concerns, creating work in both mediums that draws us into her world, encouraging contemplation and challenging our perception of the often thin line between reality and abstracted memory.

 Claire Seidl is based in New York City and Rangeley, Maine.  Her work is regularly exhibited in the US and abroad, most recently in the acclaimed survey show The Onward of Art, curated by Karen Wilkin. Seidl has exhibited work at the Aldrich Museum; Portland Museum of Art; Center for Maine Contemporary Art; The University of Maine Museum of Art; The Noyes Museum, NJ; McNay Art Museum, Austin, TX; Novosibirsk State Art Museum; Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Russian Museum of Photography in Novgorod among many others. Her work is in numerous public, corporate and private collections, and has been consistently well reviewed in The New York Times, New York Observer, Brooklyn Rail, The Portland Press Herald, The New Criterion, Art in America and ARTnews. Seidl is a member of American Abstract Artists. 

 For additional information and images please contact info@longsharpgallery.com

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Silver Linings at the Long-Sharp Gallery Project Space, New York City
Apr
15
to May 21

Silver Linings at the Long-Sharp Gallery Project Space, New York City

Silver Linings features work by Dove Bradshaw, Robert Indiana, Nancy Lorenz, Gino Miles, William John Kennedy, Cordy Ryman, Edvins Strautmanis and Thalen & Thalen. Each of these artists work with a version of refined silver or the surprisingly diverse palette of materials that capture the essence or illusion of the historically prized element. Qualities of reflection, beauty, disintegration, intrinsic value and instability are all explored, expanding on silver's long legacy in art making. Each artist was selected for their unique approach, from the highly refined sculptural work of the father-son duo Thalen and Thalen to the more intuitive inclusion of silver-like paint in the work of Cordy Ryman or the tiny suspended silver particles forming images in the classic photographs of William John Kennedy.

Dove Bradshaw's imagery is rooted in a long abstract painting tradition, while at the same time depending on chemical reactions that are both planned and wrought by the vagaries of time and atmosphere. Trusting her process, she applies silver leaf to canvas only to disrupt the pristine surface with an application of liver of sulfur, a corrosive material that leaves its dark trace as it eats away bits of silver. The paintings will continue to shift very slowly over time as the silver leaf tarnishes to beautiful shades of copper and brown, with tiny hints of other vibrant shades. The calculated instability, as in Contingency (Thorns VI) , gives these elegant works both magic and mystery as we watch them unfold.

The iconic American artist Robert Indiana emerged in the 1960s to play a key role in the development of Pop art, hard edged painting and assemblage. A self proclaimed "American painter of signs," his work explores touchstones of our national culture and identity, focusing on the overt and subconscious power of language. The resonance of his work was first recognized in 1964 with his most famous work LOVE, which continues to have global reach. The piece in this show, Silver HOPE, was part of a series he created in 2008 to support then candidate Barack Obama. Instinctively singling out the most important theme of the campaign, he used varied composition and color to allow for all of the nuance inherent in our individual responses to the word.

William John Kennedy began his career in fashion photography, before becoming a top freelance editorial photographer in New York. Here his rare photograph of Andy Warhol shows the artist in his studio holding the acetate bearing his famous image of Marilyn. A testament to their friendship, Kennedy gained remarkable access to Andy's studio, taking this image just as Warhol began to make history. It was also at a moment when photography was gaining momentum as a recognized art form, while at the same time traditional gelatin silver prints were losing favor in the excitement of the new, of color. With all of our focus on image it is interesting to remember that real silver is an integral component of traditional black and white photography.

In her recent Elements series, Nancy Lorenz took inspirations from the 19th century concept of the periodic table of elements, in which the universe could be categorized by its individual parts. By translating each element into an individual artwork based on her own intuitive responses to its characteristics, Lorenz seamlessly merges the scientific and the poetic. The physicality of Ge32 Germanium plays to the element’s material features of an inherent luster and hardness, as well as to its lack of necessity for human life. Lorenz brings both knowledge of and reverence for the precious materials used in traditional Asian art to her painting practice, resulting in a wonderful balance between abstract painting, sculpture and craft.

Gino Miles has always been interested in the classic harmony between man and nature,  sing spare visual language to create lyrical forms in tight balance with the negative space around them. Inspired by 20th century European masters, Miles distills his respect for modern art history into his own spare contemporary language embodying meditation and tranquility. Stripped of overt narrative, his abstract forms are fabricated by hand, achieving a visible poetic harmony while offering subtle references to both the human form and to traditional cultures. His work in aluminum and steel offer two notable visual attributes of silver — remarkable luminosity and surface—while maintaining the integrity of his chosen material.

Cordy Ryman prefers the formalist geometry of classic shapes while remaining equally engaged with an intuitive reactive process. His materials are culled from his own studio – bits of large installations or pieces once used in other works, now dismantled. Each component retains the richness of its built-in history, uniting with its brethren in fresh compositions, under a coa

The work of painter Linda Schrank uses “a continuous linear rhythm to create volume”, particularly evident in the series of etchings, Rounding the Corner. Here the dense field of warm silver is interrupted by 2 animated lines of emphatic color, emphasizing the artists interest in “breathing made visible.” Drawing the viewer into her conjured spaces, there is, in all of her work, a continuous process of discovery, a place that is both mirror and window.

A rarely shown monotype from Edvins Strautmanis’ Roman Coin series exemplifies his deep knowledge of art history and his commanding adeptness with abstract language. Best known for monumental canvases that built on the foundations of action painting and abstract expressionism, his own fearless sense of color, vocabulary of fluid marks and calligraphic strokes became his signature. In this series, among his last works, Strautmanis was inspired by the half-eroded portraits on ancient coins, intentionally limiting his palette to mostly silver andshades of black. We can see the passage of modern art history in these works, constructed from the foundation of the past.

Rob and Jaap Thalen, the father and son silversmiths known as Thalen & Thalen, use the finest and purest silver available in their work first because it is extremely malleable and, importantly, because it doesn’t tarnish easily. Poised between functional art and sculpture, they are often inspired by nature, particularly the mountain landscape near their Belgian home. Rob’s training as a sculptor and Jaap’s as an architect inform their beautifully proportioned, masterfully crafted and sensuously tactile works. “To us silver is nothing more than a means of creating shapes...We are looking for the shapes that invite touch.”

The individual perspectives of these eight artists, their unique approaches to studio practice and the resulting artworks, embody a range of responses to a single material. Whether focusing on historic meaning, chemical composition, visual aesthetics or specific features like luster or reflection, each of the works in this show contributes its own interpretation of silver’s unique qualities and significance.

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