For Immediate Release

WILLIAM BECKMAN
New Paintings and Drawings
October 5 – November 11, 2017

New York, NY – From October 5 to November 11, 2017, Forum Gallery will present an exhibition of ten new works by William Beckman. The five oil paintings and an equal number of large-scale charcoal drawings included, all completed since the Artist’s last one-person exhibition in 2014, are a return to nature for the Minnesota-born Beckman, who was raised on his parents’ working farm. The farm and its resident bulls and horses are the subjects in the current exhibition.

From 2008 until 2014, William Beckman’s principal concern was the creation of The Bull Series, ten large scale charcoal drawings of bulls. These drawings were published in Forum Gallery’s 2014 catalogue, The Bull Series, and several were included in the 2014-2015 exhibition, William Beckman Drawings: A Retrospective, at the Columbus Museum (GA) and the Arkansas Art Center (Little Rock, AR). The current exhibition at Forum Gallery expands on his passion for rural landscape and its animals: the principal oil painting in the exhibition, Paint Box, 2016-17, oil on canvas, 114 by 138 inches, is a portrait of a powerful paint horse on the family farm. Horses are also the subjects of the large-scale drawings in the exhibition, while the smaller-scale paintings depict the landscape and different breeds of bulls.

Power and intensity are the language of William Beckman’s work, and he achieves corresponding measures of each in works ranging from 20 by 18 inches to nearly 10 by 12 feet in size. Working and re-working each element, William Beckman does not release a work of art from his studio until he is fully satisfied with the strength of the composition and image he seeks to achieve. His paintings and drawings compel the attention of the viewer through the use of bold color, dramatic, confrontational composition and dynamic eye contact. The dominance of the sky in the low-horizon landscape of hay fields and the bulls and horses seen at close range dominate the viewer with scale and strength.

William Beckman’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; The National Portrait Gallery, Washington; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; The Des Moines Art Center; The Milwaukee Art Museum; The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; The Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan; The Museum Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria; and many others throughout the United States and in Europe.

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William Beckman New Paintings and Drawings opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and will be on view through Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/william-beckman-new-paintings-and-drawings-october-5-november-11-2017/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on October 5, 2017 and will be on view through November 11, 2017. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color catalogue is available from the gallery.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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Seeing With Our Own Eyes
An exhibition of works by progressive women artists
July 10 – September 29, 2017

New York, NY – Forum Gallery presents 24 paintings, drawings and sculptures representing works by progressive women artists. Artists included are: Amélie Chabannes, Aleah Chapin, Lesley Dill, Michèle Fenniak, Mimi Gross, Susan Hauptman, Xenia Hausner, Julie Heffernan, Holly Lane, Jane Lund, Alyssa Monks, Judy Pfaff, Kim Piotrowski, Faith Ringgold, Susan Rothenberg, Alison Saar, Maria Tomasula, Stephanie Wilde, and Cybèle Young. The exhibition will explore the way women artists no longer are defined by what men have done in traditional painting, but are free to see and explore with their own visions.

On view now through September 29, 2017, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.

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Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/seeing-with-our-own-eyes-july-10-september-29-2017/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on July 10, 2017 and will be on view through September 29, 2017. Forum Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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Brian Rutenberg 
Lowcountry: New Paintings 
March 23 – May 6, 2017

New York, NY - Forum Gallery in New York will present an exhibition entitled Lowcountry: New Paintings, by artist Brian Rutenberg, on view from March 23 through May 6, 2017.

The exhibition will showcase eleven new paintings by American nature-based abstract artist Brian Rutenberg (b. 1965). This new group of paintings is a reflection of the artist’s love for the South Carolina lowcountry where he grew up. His visceral infatuation with the place has been his principal aesthetic concern for the last two decades. According to the artist, these new paintings are not just about his passion for the landscape, but also about the detailed expression of his journey from his birthplace to New York, where he now works and lives. Working in bold strokes of rich, thick paint, Rutenberg builds and sculpts his surfaces to achieve rhythmic, faceted passages contrasting with pools of light and dark to evoke the endless variants of the landscape that inspires him:

My connection to the landscape of coastal South Carolina has nothing to do with nostalgia; it’s much broader than memory. It’s my clear-seeing place. Everything I needed to become a painter I got long ago, those things must be sustained and permeate everything I do…

Brian Rutenberg (born 1965, Charleston, SC) lives and works in New York City. He is a Fulbright scholar (1997) and a graduate of The College of Charleston and the School of Visual Arts (NY). His paintings are in permanent museum collections, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; and the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA. Brian Rutenberg has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Cress Gallery of Art at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN; the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA; and currently, a retrospective of paintings at the Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI through June 3, 2017. He has exhibited at galleries across the country, and his work is collected throughout the US and Europe.

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Brian Rutenberg Lowcountry: New Paintings opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and will be on view through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

 

Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/brian-rutenberg-lowcountry/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on March 23, 2017 and will be on view through May 6, 2017. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color brochure is available from the gallery.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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TULA TELFAIR: INVENTED LANDSCAPES
November 10 – December 31, 2016

New York, November 2016 – Forum Gallery presents Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes, an exhibition of eleven paintings that are at once awe-inspiring and extremely personal. Although vividly detailed, the scenes she depicts are not found in nature; they are conjured from memory and imagination. Each painting recalls a real time and place in our memories, giving the viewer the opportunity to relive meaningful moments, experienced in the natural world. These landscapes are lush and romantic. The paintings show us the sublime grandeur of these fantastical places.

The book, Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes, published by Abrams, is being released in conjunction with this exhibition. The hardcover volume contains 160 pages with essays by Henry Adams, Michael S. Roth, and J. Michael Fay. Henry Adams is the author of fourteen books on art, including the acclaimed biography, Eakins Revealed, and Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock. He is presently the Ruth Coulter Heede professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University, publishes essays, book reviews and commentaries in national media and scholarly journals. He lives in Connecticut. J. Michael Fay is an American biologist, ecologist, conservationist and is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

Tula Telfair grew up in Africa, Asia and Europe before moving to the United States. Her work is featured in public collections around the world and has been widely exhibited. She is a professor of art at Wesleyan University and lives and works in Lyme, Connecticut.

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Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and will be on view through Saturday, December 31, 2016. A new 160-page hardcover monograph, Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes, published by Abrams, essays by Henry Adams, J. Michael Fay, and Michael S. Roth is available for $60 plus p&h.

Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor (entrance located on W. 56th St. between 5th & 6th Avenues), New York, NY 10019. The exhibition continues through Saturday, December 31, 2016. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/tula-telfair-invented-landscapes-november-10-december-17-2016/. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm, and closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Forum Gallery will be closed after 1 pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 and all day on Thanksgiving the 24th. During the Christmas holiday we will be closed Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24, 2016. For further information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

20/20 – VISIONARY ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY 
July 7 – August 12, 2016

New York, NY – From July 7 to August 12, 2016, Forum Gallery will present 20/20, an exhibition of work by 20, Twentieth-Century artists whose singular visions helped shape the visual art of their century and influenced the next. Although disparate in their aesthetics, these artists are united by the visionary commitment each of them made to his or her particular, innovative focus.

Ivan Albright (1897-1983), Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), John Graham (1886-1961) and John Kane (1860-1934) painted “portraits”, each using a personal style that is now seen as a link between the past and the future. In this exhibition, single-figure paintings of women by Albright and Graham are shown alongside a Mother and Child by Gorky and a rarely-seen, major self-portrait, John Kane and his Wife, c. 1928, by the self-taught Kane.

In the mid Twentieth Century, passionate artists used paintings to express outrage and comment on social and political oppression. John Biggers (1924-2001) and Ben Shahn (1898-1969), using subtle, moving imagery; and William Gropper (1897-1977) and Philip Evergood (1901-1973) with their powerful narratives, spoke volumes to all who saw their work.

Artists had striking visual responses to industrial and architectural advances so prevalent in the Twentieth Century. Mikhail Larionov (1881-1964), Stuart Davis (1892-1964) and Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) are represented by works that show the linear, streamlined influence of the century on its art, while Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), John Marin (1870-1953), Alfred Maurer (1868-1932) and Man Ray (1890-1976) contribute paintings that exemplify the excitement and fractured exuberance of the times.

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) and Faith Ringgold (b. 1930) created art using unusual materials, and their highly personal approach stands out for their conviction, their mesmerizing aesthetic, and their persistence of vision.

The iconoclasts James Daugherty (1889-1974), Gregory Gillespie (1936-2000) and Red Grooms (b. 1937) approached the world from an acute angle. Never part of an art “movement” or school, these artists made a transcendent, lasting impression by creating characteristically uncharacteristic, compelling works.

20/20 opens Thursday, July 7, 2016 and will be on view through Friday, August 12, 2016.

Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10019. The exhibition continues through Friday, August 12, 2016. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/2020-outstanding-vision-in-20th-century-art-july-7-august-12-2016/. Forum Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5:30 pm, and closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. For further information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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ALAN MAGEE: SONGS FOR ALL HOURS
May 12 – July 1, 2016

New York, NY – Forum Gallery will present Songs for All Hours, an exhibition of new paintings by Alan Magee. The exhibition will comprise twenty-three paintings on panel and canvas that continue the Artist’s eloquent inquiry into the meaning of reality. Alan Magee’s practice is to record the pure sensation of objects as abstract thoughts; he believes that analysis of our response as we look at and discover the world leads to a sensory spirituality that affects our perception. When we are able to attain “true seeing,” the rest follows.

Magee’s subjects are drawn from history, both natural and man-made. In this exhibition, tools, machine parts, artists’ materials and his enduring river stones take center stage. Ranging in size from 10 by 8 inches to four by six feet, the paintings on view demonstrate Magee’s ability to see beyond the physicality of each object portrayed.

Alan Magee’s work may be seen in many public collections, including those of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Art Institute of Chicago, Portland (ME) Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, Newark Art Museum, Huntington Museum of Art and Columbus Museum of Art.

Born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Alan Magee attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1968, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Playboy, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Bantam, Ballantine and Simon and Schuster Books. Magee has received awards for his painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Television documentaries about his work include the Maine PBS production, Alan Magee: Visions of Darkness and Light, and Maine Masters: Alan Magee.

Alan Magee: Songs for All Hours opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, and will be on view through Friday, July 1, 2016. A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10019. The exhibition continues through Friday, July 1, 2016. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/alan-magee-new-paintings-may-12-july-1-2016/. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For further information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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ALYSSA MONKS: RESOLUTION
March 24 – May 7, 2016

New York, NY – From March 24 to May 7, 2016, Forum Gallery presents Resolution, its first one-person exhibition of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist, Alyssa Monks. The artist, who earned an MFA degree with honors from the New York Academy of Art in 2001, first showed her bold, figurative work publicly in 2002. Her paintings have since been presented at galleries and museums from Northern California to the south of France and in New York, Michigan, Maryland and Florida.

In the ten years since her first solo exhibition in New York, Alyssa Monks has demonstrated the unique ability to blend figures seamlessly with their environment in a natural and sensuous continuum. Monks first used the properties of water, steam and glass to submerge and enshroud the individuals in her paintings. Now, her characters appear as essential elements of the natural landscape. Monks’ engaging, figurative subjects have moved from the intimacy of the interior to the bold, open wilderness as she continues to incorporate the physical properties of nature into her models. Neither portraits nor narratives, Monks’ paintings combine elements of portraiture and landscape into single-figure examinations of loss, love, desire and hope as they engage the viewer with lush, painterly surfaces, colors and brushstrokes.

In the thirteen large-scale paintings and related, smaller studies on view, the likenesses of Alyssa Monks’ subjects are revealed among trees and vines as elements of light, color and moisture – neither of the physical world nor the imaginary, they appear as apparitions. There is a strong sense of memory in every work, both the memory of place and time and the memory of past, human relationships.

Alyssa Monks: Resolution is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays by artists Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby.  The exhibition begins with a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, and continues through Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10019. The exhibition continues through Saturday, May 7, 2016. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/alyssa-monks-new-paintings-march-24-may-7-2016/. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For further information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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PAUL FENNIAK: NEW PAINTINGS
February 18 – March 19, 2016

New York, NY – From February 18 to March 19, 2016, Forum Gallery will present Paul Fenniak: New Paintings. The Montreal figurative artist, whose complex narratives are the product of autobiography, dreams, art historical references and implications for contemporary life, has produced the fifteen paintings in the exhibition since his last exhibition at Forum in 2009.

In his essay for the catalogue of the exhibition, Douglas F. Maxwell writes,

What Fenniak emphasizes is the uncanny, which, taken in terms of quantum physics, could be interpreted as all outcomes are possible. …That is the power of superstition, and, as Freud pointed out, why obsessive and compulsive behaviors are so absurd yet so difficult to break. Fenniak manages to push that button in the very place in us that touches on our vulnerability.

While Paul Fenniak’s characters do implausible and unreadable things, they seem totally unaware that their actions are out of the ordinary. His painting style is fully traditional, exhibiting luminous surface, attention to detail, and masterful modeling. But his subjects are contemporary, and his themes are imaginary, leading to a palpable sense of uncertainty and an ineffable, compelling quality.

Paul Fenniak was born in Toronto, Canada in 1965. He received his MFA from Concordia University, Montreal; and his BFA from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. His work has been exhibited in museums from Naples, Florida to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and is collected throughout the United States and Canada.

Paul Fenniak: New Paintings opens with a reception for the artist on February 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will be on view through March 19, 2016. A full color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10019. The exhibition continues through Saturday, March 19, 2016. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/paul-fenniak-new-paintings-february-18-march-19-2016/. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For further information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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Steven Assael

November 12 – December 31, 2015

                                           Apiim, 2015, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

November 12, 2015, New York, NY – Steven Assael, called “the foremost figurative painter of his generation” by The Art Newspaper, will exhibit his latest paintings and drawings at Forum Gallery, New York from November 12 to December 31, 2015. In these works, Assael’s focus is on brides and grooms, each embodying the hope, fear, anticipation and resolve that make betrothal a subject of such import to the Artist. “I usually start”, the artist states, “with a visual, thematic idea – brides, for example – but the narrative evolves, its subtext articulated as the painting develops.” Family has long loomed large in Assael’s painting; in the past, he has explored the birth of his children, the death of his parents and his own ambitions and frailties. Now, he encapsulates the meaning of men and women preparing to become and create new families and new generations.

The 12 paintings and 5 drawings in the exhibition are created by the Artist from life, imagination, carefully chosen vintage clothing and the insightful and observational prowess of the Artist. Assael’s prodigious technique, his use of light and shadow and accurate line and detail are deployed in the interest of the implication of narrative; the psychological import of the scene, the relationship and the character of the sitter. Over time, Assael’s sitters reveal themselves and become part of the narrative.

A life-long New Yorker, born in 1957, Steven Assael is the recipient of many awards and grants and is a highly respected teacher and lecturer whose drawings workshops are widely popular throughout the United States and Canada. His paintings and drawings have been the subject of one person exhibitions at major museums from Seattle, WA to Naples, FL and are often included in group exhibitions at institutions across the country. The current show is Steven Assael’s eighth since joining Forum Gallery in 1998.

Paintings and drawings by Steven Assael are found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Kansas City, MO), The Columbus Museum (GA), The Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR), the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH), the Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA) and many more museum and private collections.

An opening reception for the artist will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Forum Gallery, 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Second Floor. The exhibition continues through Saturday, December 31, 2015. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/steven-assael-november-12-december-31-2015/. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, please contact the gallery. 

Please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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SEAN HENRY

September 24 – November 7, 2015

The Way It Will Be, 2014, bronze, oil paint, 20 x 17 x 16 inches, Edition of 6

 

New York, NY September 24, 2015 – Forum Gallery presents an exhibition of new sculpture by British artist Sean Henry. The pairs and groups of figures are created in clay from life and drawings and then cast in bronze. Each work is then painted by the artist, giving them their own emphatic physicality.

Forum Gallery presented Sean Henry’s first U.S. exhibition in 2002, and has shown his work in group and solo shows ever since. The artist’s work is now exhibited regularly in Germany, Sweden, Greece, Norway and Holland, as well as in his native England.

In 2015 his newly commissioned portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web was introduced at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Henry’s sculptures are installed in public collections throughout the world, including in Germany, Holland, Norway and Sweden as well as the U.K.  In the U.S., Sean Henry’s works may be seen in the collections of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Virginia Art Museum; and Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut.  His work is included in numerous private collections in the U.S. and around the world.

The exhibition is on view from September 24 through November 7, 2015; A reception and walk-through with the artist will take place October 8, 2015 at Forum Gallery, 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/sean-henry-september-24-november-7-2015/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on September 24, 2015 and will be on view through November 7, 2015. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color catalogue is available from the gallery.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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CYBÈLE YOUNG: Some Changes Were Made
New Paper Sculptures

June 4 – July 17, 2015

June 4, 2015, New York – Forum Gallery presents the first New York solo exhibition for Toronto based artist, Cybèle Young. In her practice, Young creates unique miniature sculptures from fine Japanese paper, often embellished using copper and chine-collé etchings. Since graduating in printmaking and sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996, Cybèle Young has shown her work around the world from New York and Los Angeles, to London, Japan, Stockholm and across Canada. Over the last 15 years, she has had more than 20 solo exhibitions.

In this exhibition, she explores the life of everyday objects that are left behind or lost by their owners. Using abstract and familiar motifs she juxtaposes the “lost” objects against each other to create a sense of dialogue between them, animating their metamorphosis from ordinary objects into fantastical forms that beguile the viewer with possibilities. The exhibition also features a stop motion film installation by the Artist, of a folding-table exploring its moving parts, its fictional history and its future possibilities.

Cybèle Young has been awarded over twenty grants and important prizes, including the Canada Council Studio residency in Paris. Her work resides in major collections across the world and is included in the private collections of Ben Stiller, Christian Louboutin and George Soros. She has written and illustrated eight published picture books and won the Governor General’s award for her book “Ten Birds” in 2011.

Cybèle Young works in a diverse range of media but always at the root is a close connection to the hand, to paper and to the drawn line.

Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/cybele-young-new-work-june-4-july-17-2015/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on June 4, 2015 and will be on view through July 17, 2015. Forum Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and closed Saturdays and Sundays. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color catalogue is available.

For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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    SUSAN HAUPTMAN: NEW DRAWINGS

    January 22 – February 28, 2015

                                                  

    Still Life, 2012, charcoal on paper, 32 x 26 inches

     

    New York, NY January 22, 2015 – Forum Gallery presents an exhibition of ten characteristically unusual new drawings by Susan Hauptman, her sixth one-person exhibition at Forum since 1998.

    Hauptman’s elegantly-accomplished and compelling works in charcoal and pastel are studies in contrast.  In this exhibition, the Artist shows six lyrical still-lifes, all both nostalgic and contemporary; and four self-portraits that continue her career-long narrative of self-illusion and provocation.  The combination, in each drawing, of otherwise incongruous elements, provides the underpinning for Susan Hauptman’s continuing revelation of the ironic reality she sees and depicts.  In every work, she jump-starts the narrative with the power of illusion, and then devilishly throws it off course.

    Throughout her career, spanning four decades, Susan Hauptman has worked with minimal color and only on paper; her technique is so deft that this choice becomes part of the narrative: the power of the line and the feeling of the hand combine to imbue each work with powerful, emotional drive.

    In every shrine-like still life, Hauptman’s meticulous compositions push objects from another time onto today’s stage.  The composition invites the eye to rest and gently explore the textures and surfaces of the arranged objects in a fixed fable.

    Her self-portraits have long been Hauptman’s signature images; the juxtaposition of her ultra-feminine costumes and accessories with her tiny stature and mannish face and hair catches the viewer off guard and compels attention.

    Susan Hauptman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, among others, and her drawings have been included in exhibitions at these and many other museums throughout the United States and in Europe.  She is the recipient of many awards, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb, and Elizabeth Foundations; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She held the Lamar Dodd professorial chair at the University of Georgia in Athens, and has taught at Harvard College, Skidmore College and the University of California (Davis).

    Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/susan-hauptman-january-22-february-28-2015/to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on January 22, 2015 and will be on view through February 28, 2015. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color catalogue is available from the gallery.

    For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

     

                                 

    Self Portrait, 2011, charcoal on paper, 60 x 58 inches

     

     

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    Carousel, 1989, watercolor on paper, 11 3/8 x 14 1/4 inches

     

    DAVID LEVINE (1926 – 2009)

    THE WORLD HE SAW

     

    Here is an artist upholding the finest tradition of his craft: Humanism.  That inner eye that celebrates life with all its goofy melancholy beauty.  It is this that makes art, and looking at art, much more than an intellectual or pleasurable exercise.  It makes it necessary.   – Morley Safer, ARTnews, 2002

     

    New York, NY - From December 12, 2014 to January 17, 2015, Forum Gallery will present David Levine: The World He Saw, the first major exhibition of paintings and drawings by American artist David Levine since his passing in 2009.  Levine was the most celebrated caricaturist of our time and a painter of luminous, romantic watercolors and oil paintings that depict the citizens of the world, especially his beloved Brooklyn, at work, at rest and at play.

    In his caricatures, whose images graced every issue of The New York Review of Books for more than 40 years and countless Esquire, Time and many more magazine covers, Levine applied his characteristic and unique pen to the deflation of the pompous, the corrupt and the self-important, while portraying creative artists, authors, musicians and literary figures with wry wit and irony.

    David Levine’s paintings celebrate the work ethic of his family, his friends, and countless anonymous neighbors.  The garment workers of his paintings labored in his father’s tailor shop, and spent weekends and leisure time on the beaches  and boardwalks of Coney Island.  For five decades, Levine painted Coney Island and its visitors, tracing the majesty and later, the slow decline of that leisure and amusement destination.  No matter what happened to the neighborhood, though, Levine found and followed the people who came to this place so special to him.   He portrayed all of them with pride, humanity and often humor, painting on site and in his studio in watercolor and in oil with a grace and strength of line all his own.

    David Levine studied at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; and with Hans Hoffmann at the Eighth Street School in New York.  He exhibited at Davis Gallery (New York) beginning in 1953, and joined Forum Gallery in 1963.  His numerous museum exhibitions include the Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, GA, 1968), the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC, 1976), The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC 1980), the Pierpont Morgan Library (New York, NY, 1981), The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (1984) and the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, England, 1987).  He was the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967; and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Paintings and drawings by David Levine are found in the collections of the Brooklyn, Cleveland, Columbus, Metropolitan and Newark Museums, The Museum of Modern Art and the National Portrait Galleries of London, England and Washington, DC, among many other institutions.

    The Forum Gallery exhibition includes 38 paintings and 12 caricature drawings from every decade of David Levine’s career.   Ink drawings include American presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George Bush; and Peggy Guggenheim, Al Pacino and Truman Capote.  Paintings are beach scenes, Coney Island rides, boardwalk shops and garment workers, many loaned by private collectors and institutions from New York to California.

    A 72-page, fully illustrated catalogue, with foreword by author and journalist Pete Hamill, accompanies the exhibition.

    The exhibition begins on December 12, 2014 and will be on view through January 17, 2015. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm, and closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays. 

    For more information or to receive a PDF of the David Levine: The World He Saw catalogue, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

     

    Truman Capote, 1980, ink on paper, 13 3/4 x 11 inches

    Truman Capote, 1980, ink on paper, 13 3/4 x 11 inches

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    Brian Rutenberg: Saltwater

    October 30 – December 6, 2014

     

    Clover, 2013-14, oil on linen, 48 x 90 inches

    Clover, 2013-14, oil on linen, 48 x 90 inches

     

    New York, NY - The cascade of glistening color that exemplifies Brian Rutenberg’s painting is fully present in his exhibition of new work, Saltwater, on view at Forum Gallery from October 30 – December 6, 2014.  The 16 oil paintings in this show are a chromatic interpretation of the coastal landscape, a subject that has been the artist’s principal concern for the last decade.  Their embrace of the trees, meadows, waterways and sky forms a kaleidoscopic narrative of nature, a synthesis of landscape and abstraction that defines Brian Rutenberg’s work.

    Working in bold strokes of rich, thick paint, Rutenberg builds and sculpts his surfaces to achieve rhythmic, faceted passages contrasting with pools of light and dark to evoke the endless variants of the landscape that inspires him.  Gestural application gives way to neo-cubist analysis in every painting, making each an independent work as well as a part of a cohesive exhibition.

    Rutenberg’s careful but always spontaneous process arises from his experiences as a child in the South Carolina of his youth:

    …long before I knew what an artist was, I would scoop up fistfuls of marsh mud, splat it on the dock under the blazing sun and carefully arrange torn bits of colored construction paper across the muck followed by another handful of mud … the rippled edge of an oyster shell was an ideal tool for skimming off layers, revealing bits of color of varying intensity.

    Moved by these early experiences and the memory of the places he visited as a youth and inspired by the landscapes he sees today, Brian Rutenberg paints in his New York studio.  With the infinite invention that is Glenn Gould’s pianism playing constantly, he creates the bold variations that arise from his training and experience as an artist and his comprehensive knowledge of art history.

    Brian Rutenberg (born 1965, Charleston, SC) lives and works in New York City.  He is a Fulbright scholar (1997) and a graduate of The College of Charleston and the School of Visual Arts (NY).  His paintings are in the permanent collections of museums, including the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Nassau County Museum of Art, NY; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Naples Museum of Art, FL; and Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA.  Brian Rutenberg has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio; the Cress Gallery of Art at University of Tennessee; the Gibbes Museum of Art, South Carolina; the Morris Museum, Georgia; and the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Massachusetts.  He has exhibited at galleries from San Francisco to Charlotte, and his work is collected in Florida, Canada, California, New England, Southern States, Texas and Ohio as well as in New York and environs.

     

    Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/brian-rutenberg-saltwater-october-30-december-6-2014/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on October 30, 2014 and will be on view through December 6, 2014. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color catalogue is available from the gallery.

    For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

     

    Pour, 2014, oil on linen, 60 x 82 inches

    Pour, 2014, oil on linen, 60 x 82 inches

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    Linden Frederick: Night Life
    September 10 – October 25, 2014

    Tenant, 2013, oil on linen, 55 x 55 inches

    Tenant, 2013, oil on linen, 55 x 55 inches

    New York, NY – Forum Gallery’s season begins September 10, 2014, with Night Life, an exhibition of paintings by Linden Frederick that probes the deceptive quiet of night for hidden drama. The exhibition continues through October 25, 2014.

    In this, his fourth one-person show at Forum since joining the gallery in 2004, Frederick takes his signature, implicit narrative to higher and more personal levels, focusing his attention and ours on houses, buildings, quarries and means of transport, each with a unique, nocturnal personality and story to tell.

    In the fifteen paintings in the exhibition, all completed since 2011, Linden Frederick takes us on a virtual tour around his native Belfast, ME, hinting at how much life lies beneath the surface of his subjects without revealing what’s there. These are not landscapes or cityscapes, but another genre, one that Linden Frederick explores in a provocative, compelling way; they are storyscapes, paintings that speak to us in minimal, nearly musical tones, without completed thoughts. Neither realist nor abstract, they reach for the innermost depths of the viewers’ imagination and urge us to supply their codas.

    From the luminous glow of South Bound, 2014, oil on canvas, 34 by 34 inches; to the eerie mystery of Haunted, 2014, oil on canvas, 34 by 34 inches, Linden Frederick challenges our collective imagination while at the same time stimulating our most pleasurable senses with his choices, and provides the consistency and variety that make Night Life an exhibition to be seen.

    Please visit http://forumgallery.com/exhibition/linden-frederick-night-life/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on September 10, 2014 and will be on view through October 25, 2014. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery. A full-color catalogue is available from the gallery.

    For more information, please contact Kevin Dao, 212-355-4545; kevin@forumgallery.com

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    GREGORY GILLESPIE: Supernatural Observation

    February 6 – March 15, 2014

    Back Entrance: Williamsburg, Massachusetts, 1972, oil and Magna on wood, 54 x 84 inches

    Back Entrance: Williamsburg, Massachusetts, 1972, oil and Magna on wood, 54 x 84 inches

    New York, NY – From February 6 to March 15, 2014, Forum Gallery will present an exhibition of paintings by Gregory Gillespie (1936-2000). In his New York Times obituary, Roberta Smith called Gillespie “an artist whose probing, urgent, often bizarre paintings occupied a singular place in the history of late-20th-century representation.”

    The exhibition, Supernatural Observation, includes the surreal landscape and interior, Back Entrance, Williamsburg, Massachusetts, 1972, the first major painting completed after the artist’s return from Italy, where Fulbright and Chester Dale grants had enabled him to work at the American Academy in Rome for eight years. This painting was a memorable highpoint of Gregory Gillespie’s retrospective exhibition at the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC in 1977 (catalogue).

    Also featured are four works, including a self-portrait and an early portrait of the artist’s wife, Head of Peg, all of which were in the collection of the late Allan Stone.

    Gregory Gillespie defied characterization in his four-decade quest to depict what he called a “reality beyond our senses”. Each of the symbolic and psychologically intense paintings in the exhibition has been chosen to illustrate this singular vision.

    Forum Gallery was the first and only New York Gallery for Gregory Gillespie in his lifetime. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; and many others.

    Supernatural Observation is the twentieth one-person exhibition organized by Forum Gallery of Gregory Gillespie’s work.

    Please visit forumgallery.com/exhibition/gregory-gillespie-supernatural-observation to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on February 6, 2014 at 2 pm and will be on view through March 15, 2014. Forum Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm. For further information, contact the gallery.

    Steven Assael: New Drawings
    November 21, 2013 – February 1, 2014

    New York, NY – Beginning November 21, 2013, Forum Gallery will exhibit new drawings by New York City artist, Steven Assael. Born in 1957, Assael is now nationally recognized as one of the leading figurative artists of this generation. His paintings and drawings are represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Columbus Museum of Art; and the Kemper Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) as well as many important private and public collections. Steven Assael’s work has also been shown in one-person exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA, 1999) and the Naples (FL) Museum of Art (2010). The Naples exhibition, Steven Assael: Illusions of Reality, was among the best-attended in the history of the institution. The current Forum Gallery exhibition includes twenty-three drawings of contemporary men and women, singly and in groups, and reflects Assael’s consistent concern with the human condition: the struggle for survival and inner peace.

    Steven Assael: New Drawings opens on November 21, 2013, and runs through February 1, 2014.

    HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am to 5:30 PM
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    DAVIS CONE: RECENT WORKS
    October 3, 2013 – November 16, 2013

    Studio City/Summer Evening (SOLD), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 46 inches

    Studio City/Summer Evening, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 46 inches

    New York, NY – Beginning October 3, 2013, Forum Gallery will present an exhibition of recent works by the eminent photorealist painter, Davis Cone.  The exhibition includes all of the work the Artist has completed since his last New York exhibition in 2005.  In the ten paintings and two mixed media prints on view, Davis Cone meticulously documents art deco movie theatres on present-day main streets across America as he demonstrates the vitality and inspiration they bring to their communities. Art Deco movie theatres and their meaning have been Cone’s only subject since he began his career as an artist in the 1970’s.

     To create each painting, Davis Cone goes to the location and observes and photographs the theatre over several days.  His concentration on the atmosphere of the scene and the season gives a manifest strength to his unique ability to recreate the weather conditions and the time of day in each painting.  In the current exhibition, we see theatres in early morning, at dusk, at night and during the day; in the chilly midwestern rain and the intense heat of the California desert.  A golden, harvest moon warms the Heart theatre (Effingham, Illinois), while the clouds of evening chill the River Oaks (Houston, Texas).   The unfolding, unscripted natural drama surrounding each theatre is Davis Cone’s principal focus and concern.

     Davis Cone was born in 1950 in Augusta, Georgia.  His work is widely exhibited internationally as well as in the U.S., and has been included in exhibitions in Berlin, Tokyo, Lisbon, Madrid and Nuremberg, as well as Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and New York.  Two published books are devoted exclusively to Davis Cone’s paintings, Popcorn Palaces (Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York) and Hollywood on Main Street (The Overlook Press, Woodstock).  His work is included in every major volume on photorealist art, including the forthcoming Photorealism in the Digital Age by Louis K. Meisel (Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York).

     Davis Cone: Recent Works opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, and will be on view through November 16, 2013.  A full-color catalogue with an essay by Carter Ratcliff accompanies the exhibition.

    To view works in the exhibition, please click here.

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    SINGULAR VISION
    JUNE 5 – JULY 19, 2013

    Through July 19, Forum Gallery presents emblematic, current work by 21 contemporary artists.  Steven Assael, Susan Hauptman and Bernardo Siciliano exhibit complex figurative works on a large scale; Robert Bauer, Alan Magee and Ellen Eagle show intimate, highly personal, portraits; and Alan Feltus, Odd Nerdrum and Paul Fenniak are represented by intense, narrative paintings.

    Davis Cone, Robert Cottingham, Linden Frederick, Brian Rutenberg, Maria Tomasula and Jesus Villareal show outstanding, recent works.

    The exhibition includes a dramatic charcoal drawing of seven bulls by William Beckman, a collage of Che Guevara by David Mach, and Cybèle Young’s latest imaginative paper construction.

    Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, New York.  The entire exhibition may be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/exhibition/singular-vision/.

    For more information, please contact:

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    Kendall Holland, 212-355-4545, kendall@forumgallery.com

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    FORUM GALLERY PRESENTS
    César Galicia: Man At Work
    April 4 – May 31, 2013

    New York Taxi Meters, 2012, mixed media on board, 34 1/4 x 21 5/8 inches

    New York Taxi Meters, 2012, mixed media on board, 34 1/4 x 21 5/8 inches

    New York, April 2013 – Madrid-born César Galicia, a Forum Gallery artist since 1994, creates works that transcend reality; they are greater than life and more real than real. Drawing on the experiences he had in his years in New York as well as on his life in Spain, Galicia has developed an urban mysticism in which beauty explodes on each graffiti-covered wall and in every corner of a city that wears two words tattooed on its forehead: devastation and freedom. Galicia does not paint reality directly, instead channeling his efforts to reconstruct the appearance of things. César Galicia develops a story for each object, landscape or portrait as he paints. We see not just how he sees it, but also how we want to see it. This may be the magic of the artist as storyteller.

    The 13 paintings in this exhibition, which span the past six years, are on view until May 31.
    An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire exhibition can be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.

    For more information, please contact:
    Kendall Holland at 212-355-4545 or kendall@forumgallery.com

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    SCULPTURE BY SIX MODERNISTS

    AT FORUM GALLERY, NEW YORK

    May 10 – June 22, 2012

    New York – An exhibition of sculpture by Alexander Archipenko, Chaim Gross, Gaston Lachaise, Jacques Lipchitz, Elie Nadelman and John Storrs will be presented by Forum Gallery from May 10 to June 22, 2012. Curated by Kenneth Wayne, Ph.D., the exhibition, The Figure in Modern Sculpture, will include twenty-five works that represent the collective inspiration these artists found in the visual art, music, dance, architecture and machine-age industry of the early twentieth century.

    In this exhibition, Dr. Wayne posits that, beginning with the second decade of the twentieth century, artists on both sides of the Atlantic broke with academic tradition to depict modern man in original ways, infusing their work with a sense of mystery, mirth and movement, creating a new and dynamic vision of the human figure.

    The sculpture in the Forum Gallery exhibition begins chronologically with the swirling plaster figure, Kauernde, 1912, by Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964) and includes dancing, standing, kneeling, reclining and performing figures, ending with Chaim Gross’ (1904-1991) Circus Girl of 1957. The Archipenko works are advanced in their modernity, the Gross sculptures are animated forms that crystallize their period, and the curvilinear bronzes of Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935), cubist figures in stone by Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), original pieces in five different media by Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), and streamlined interpretations by John Storrs (1885-1956) all collaborate to inform the new vision of their time.

    Working independently when the Forum Gallery exhibition came into being, Dr. Kenneth Wayne has since been appointed Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City. His past positions include being Curator of Modern Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and the Joan Whitney Payson Curator at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine.

    The Figure in Modern Sculpture is presented by Forum Gallery with the cooperation of the estates or foundations of all six artists, and through the courtesy of private collectors.

    The Figure in Modern Sculpture is accompanied by a 70-page, fully illustrated catalogue with essay by Dr. Wayne and photography by D. James Dee.

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    An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night on 57th Street, Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, New York. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.

    For more information, please contact:

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    Erica Berkowitz, 212-355-4545, erica@forumgallery.com

     

    ODD NERDRUM

    FORUM GALLERY

    March 8 – May 5, 2012

    New York City – An exhibition of 13 recent paintings by world-renowned artist Odd Nerdrum will be on view at Forum Gallery from March 8 through May 5, 2012.

    The iconoclastic Norwegian painter is well known for compelling portraits, stark landscapes, and apocalyptic narratives that depict unearthly scenes. Influenced by Rembrandt and Caravaggio, Nerdrum is admired internationally for his unequalled skill and technique, as well as his extraordinary subject matter, which transports the viewer to another time and place.

    In his new body of work made in the last four years, Nerdrum continues his exploration of the universal human condition revealing danger, misery, struggle, fear, helplessness, and yet, at times, optimism, as his figures all possess a fierce integrity in the face of adversity. In You See We Are Blind, three women are seated in a primeval world, holding sticks to help guide them, perhaps as they await an unlikely rescue. Two of the women are in conversation, while the third is deep in thought, the downturned corners of her mouth revealing a painful sadness. In Stranded, the vulnerable mother and child, sleeping in a vast desert-like wasteland, are bathed in a golden light offering protection from the wilderness. In another painting, Night Jumper, four figures sleep around a fire in an inhospitable world, while one appears above them, magically suspended in the air, as if the fire has propelled the jumper upward.

    Nerdrum has said that the figures in his work represent, “modern man having returned to primeval society in his flight from civilization. He no longer has any roots in our time. He is back in a prehistoric existence.”

    In his 2001 book on Odd Nerdrum, Richard Vine writes, “The anxious dialectic between self and world, self and group, will go on, Nerdrum’s images attest, for as long as the human race persists. The sea, that enduring metaphor for eternity and the fathomless unconscious, laps at many of his scenes. … Thus on the liminal shore between land and sea, time and eternity, consciousness and unconsciousness, the wanderers pause to confront the realm from which all life emerged. … The implicit sexuality of their quest, made manifest in those pictures where the actors are pregnant, highlights the aloneness one can feel even in the most passionate encounters, even at the climactic moment of putative fusion.”

    Odd Nerdrum lives and works in Maisons-Laffitte, France, near Paris. He was born in 1944 to Norwegian parents who were working in Sweden as Resistance fighters during World War II. The family moved back to Norway after the war. Nerdrum studied classical painting at the Art Academy of Oslo and later, with Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. As Nerdrum’s work has become known internationally, he has inspired, at times, what has been described as a devotion bordering on worship among his students. A painting by Odd Nerdrum influenced a scene in the 2000 science fiction film The Cell. A traveling retrospective was organized by Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum in 1998. Work by Nerdrum can be found in major public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the National Gallery, Oslo.

    The Forum Gallery exhibition is presented in cooperation with The Nerdrum Institute.

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    An opening reception will be held during Armory Arts Week on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Forum Gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, New York. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.

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    Erica Berkowitz, 212-355-4545, Erica@forumgallery.com

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    FORUM GALLERY PRESENTS

    Mark Podwal: Sharing the Journey

    FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 7, 2012

     

    New York, January 2012 – Forum Gallery will present Sharing The Journey, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Mark Podwal, from February 14 to March 7, 2012. The exhibition celebrates the publication of the new Reform Haggadah of the same title, published by the CCAR Press, Division of the Central Conference of America Rabbis, in which Podwal’s works serve as illustrations.

    Mark Podwal is the New York artist who received a 50th Anniversary Jewish Cultural Achievement Award from The Foundation for Jewish Culture on December 13, 2011. He has collaborated with authors Elie Wiesel (The Golem), Francine Prose (You Never Know) and Harold Bloom (Fallen Angels) and his original works may be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA) and the Library of Congress (Washington).

    In 2011, Mark Podwal was commissioned to design embroidered textiles for Prague’s seven hundred year old Altneuschul, the oldest active synagogue in Europe. An exhibition of his works, Jewish Magic, is scheduled to open at the Jewish Museum in Prague on July 11, 2012. Mark Podwal and Academy Award- winning filmmaker Allan Miller produced the documentary, House of Life, about the old Jewish cemetery in Prague, which was broadcast on PBS in 2009 and 2010.

    Sharing The Journey will exhibit twenty-six colorful paintings that relate the story of Passover. Working in the pictorial language of symbol and metaphor, Podwal’s approach to the Passover story is at once respectful, personal, and universal in its appeal.

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    An opening reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, February 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire exhibition can be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.

     

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    Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or Erica@forumgallery.com

     

     

     

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    FORUM GALLERY PRESENTS

    Out of Sight: Imaginary Landscapes by Tula Telfair

    JANUARY 5 – FEBRUARY 11, 2012

    New York, January 2012 – Forum Gallery presents Out of Sight: Imaginary Landscapes by Tula Telfair, an exhibition of fifteen panoptic paintings that transport the viewer to emotive land formations derived entirely from the artist’s mind. Representing both a place and moment in time not reachable by mankind, these landscapes offer a private glance at the beauty and majesty of nature.

    In this new body of work, the artist introduces the viewer to sweeping landscapes dominated by the vagaries of weather. More than a single moment in time, each scene is a continuum that develops a narrative of the past, present and future, indicative of nature itself. Clouds gather, the sky grows dark and shadows spread over the land predicting the wrath of nature. A sense of suspense and wonder are evoked by these places Telfair constructs from her own memories and experiences.

    The places Telfair depicts are physically withdrawn from mankind. Paintings such as Exploring New Codes and The Chemistry of Time lack evidence of a human presence, yet at the same time produce a yearning to travel to these untouched and grand places.

    Darkness envelops the mountainous landscape and the foreboding sky foretells the austerity of nature in Built Exclusively for Delight and Intimacy Gradient II. Telfair’s focus on the temerity of nature dominates this body of work and exudes a sense of startling beauty.

    While Telfair’s landscapes are an amalgam of memory and imagination, they speak personally to each of us. Every painting conjures a real time and place in our memories. In addition, in such paintings as The Proper Arrangement and Explaining Techniques of Illusion, Telfair takes her vistas to the brink of fantasy, painting with a surrealistic palette and ominous mood befitting that of a science fiction story.

    Telfair’s landscapes are lush and romantic. They embody the emotion of the individual and the omnipotence of the sublime and unite both in their most beautiful and tumultuous moments.

    Tula Telfair spent her childhood in West Central Africa. She earned her BFA from Moore College of Art in 1984 and received an MFA from Syracuse University as a Graduate Fellow in 1986. She is a Professor of Art and Director of the Studio Art Program at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, while she lives and paints in New York City. She has shown extensively in one-person and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and has work in numerous public and private collections around the world.

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    An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, January 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire exhibition can be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.

    For more information, please contact:

    Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or Erica@forumgallery.com

     

     

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    Forum Gallery Presents
    That Seventies Show
    July 19 – September 17, 2011

    New York – From July 19, to September 2, 2011, Forum Gallery presents That Seventies Show, an exhibition of works created from 1970 to 1980 by a diverse group of creative artists whose energy and impulses are emblematic of the decade.  Unlike previous time periods, important art of the 1970s cannot be characterized by a term, or label.  Instead, the art on view represents the origins of pluralism and defies the idea of a collective effort or single artistic movement.

    Figurative drawings by William Beckman; and figurative paintings by Gregory Gillespie, Joseph Hirsch, David Levine, Ben Shahn and Raphael Soyer illustrate this diversity.  Although united by their focus on the human figure, each artist takes a different approach and the results are quite different.  Both Gillespie, who burst on the scene in the Seventies, and Shahn, who was by then a mature and well-known artist, created fantasies, but Gregory Gillespie had his own, intense surreal style, while Shahn, in the Seventies, was about lyrical dreamscape.  Hirsch and Levine were painting characteristic responses to social behavior of the time, while Beckman and Soyer were objective observers of the human form.

    Linear abstraction, represented here in three-dimensional works by Charles Biederman, Ilya Bolotowsky, and Eli Bornstein; and a major painting by Richard Anuszkiewicz, was the new abstract aesthetic of the decade of the 1970s.  Born of a response to the abstract expressionism of the previous decades, this art today has a visual clarity and emotional neutrality that compel attention.

    Original, realist works by Robert Cottingham and Tom Wesselmann are among the first creations in which painters employed photography as a means of observation.  The paintings focus on detailed, unidealized representation of life, and are clear antecedents of much of the photography-based drawing and painting that have followed.

    That Seventies Show also includes works by Yaacov Agam, Davis Cone, Rackstraw Downes, Yrjö Edelmann, Chaim Gross, Jules Kirschenbaum, Henry Moore, Robert Motherwell, Saul Steinberg, Ernesto Tino Trova, Laura Ziegler and Francisco Zúñiga.

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    The exhibition will run from July 19 through September 17, 2011 at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street.  The entire exhibition can be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.

    For more information, please contact:

    Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or Erica@forumgallery.com

     

     

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    Forum Gallery to Present

    Megan Rye

    I Will Follow You Into the Dark

    June 6 – July 15, 2011

    New York – In the first New York solo exhibition of her paintings, I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Megan Rye offers an insider’s look at the war in Iraq though a series of extraordinary and intimate perspectives. The exhibition will be held at Forum Gallery from June 6 through July 15, 2011.

    Based primarily on an archive of over 2,000 photographs taken by her brother while stationed in Iraq as a U.S. Marine, Rye’s 17 paintings from 2006 to 2011 offer testimony to memory and history, mystery and the unknown. The viewer is confronted by surreal beauty and the unexpected reality of war.

    The painting Exile in Babylon, 2011, refers to “Camp Alpha,” a U.S. base built on the site of ancient Babylonian ruins. The canvas juxtaposes emblems of the Mesopotamian city, with images that are not usually associated with wartime, such as Marines in Santa suits being fingerprinted and blindfolded like detainees.  At the top of the painting is an electronic scoreboard that is based on one from a homeless shelter in the artist’s native Minneapolis. This shelter, converted from a former gymnasium, serves the increasing population of homeless veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and poignantly reminds the viewer of who is at home and who is a guest in wartime.  This particular scoreboard also illuminates how no one is winning.

    Other paintings offer equally unexpected glimpses of the war. Seen through the vision of night goggles, I Will Follow You Into the Dark, 2006, depicts Marines building chin-up bars at night in the Sunni Triangle. Protect You, 2010, shows a Marine dressed as Elvis for Halloween, and Alien, 2008, depicts a Marine in full military uniform with protective goggles and mask.

    “When my brother returned from Iraq, he went to a mall, and felt as if the average person didn’t even realize that there was a war going on. When you go to an art gallery, it is a very specific place, a place of contemplation where all other distractions fall way. I want to create that space where people can think about and come to terms with their own feelings about the war,” notes Rye.

    A portion of the exhibition’s profits will be donated to organizations benefiting war veterans. In conjunction with the exhibition at Forum Gallery, an exhibition of photographs of work by Megan Rye will be on view at the St. Albans Community Living Center, a VA center in Queens. The dates will be announced shortly. She will give an artist talk on June 15 during Veterans Field Day at the Center.

    Born in Seoul, South Korea, Megan Rye lives and works in Minneapolis. She received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and completed her MFA in painting at the University of Minnesota. In 2007, her first solo exhibition was held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In 2005, Rye was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She is the recipient of a 2008 McKnight Foundation Fellowship; Minnesota State Arts Board Grants in 2004 and 2007; and the 2005 Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Last year, she received one of the largest artists’ grants in the country, an Artist Fellowship from the Bush Foundation.

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    An opening reception for the artist will be held on Monday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.

    For more about Megan Rye visit her artist page.

    For more information, please contact:

    Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or Erica@forumgallery.com

    For Immediate Release

    FORUM GALLERY PRESENTS

    MUÑOZ VERA

    APRIL 14 – MAY 28, 2011 

    New York, March 2011 – An exhibition of new work by internationally recognized artist Guillermo Muñoz Vera will be on view at Forum Gallery from April 14 through May 28, 2011.  With extraordinary imagination, insightful subtlety, and remarkable precision, The Undiscovered World features 20 new paintings that depict the lives and exploits of early European explorers at the advent of world discovery.  A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

    The Undiscovered World represents a monumental achievement for the Chilean-born Muñoz Vera.  Taking the viewer back to a time when many of the world’s oceans had yet to be crossed, the artist presents the world of explorers who set out to find new lands.  The viewer enters a poetic world of tall ships, maps with uncharted territory, and early navigational tools that shows humanity at its most inquisitive, brave and persevering.

    The exhibition title is based on the term Terra Australis Incognita which was employed in ancient Greece to designate unknown territories south of the ancient world.  The strength of the human spirit of discovery is celebrated as the depth, passion and achievement of the Old Masters is recalled. 

    “Guillermo Muñoz Vera epitomizes a mastery of a specific approach to the realistic conception of observed, detailed, precise renditions of people, places, and things…” notes Edward Sullivan, professor of Art History, New York University, writing about Muñoz Vera in an essay that accompanied the artist’s retrospective exhibition in Madrid in 2000.

    Muñoz Vera writes that The Undiscovered World “proposes a journey through images that pose an invitation to reinterpret past events, to reread our common history − that chart drafted by the first European sailors on their way to the Mar del Zur which marked the beginning of globalization long before Columbus’s first trip.”

    In Passing Through Cape Horn, 2010, and The Tempest, 2010, Muñoz Vera depicts ships at the time of Christopher Columbus in heavy seas and underscores just how overwhelming such journeys could be.  A young man looks out at the viewer in The Cartographer, 2010.  In his period dress, he is a mapmaker at a time when so many questions about geography were unanswered.  Several works, including Colonial Still Life in Araucania, 2010, evoke the explorers’ discovery of mineral deposits and new biological species.  From alchemy and astronomy to cartography and naval science, early explorers were immeasurably talented combining the skills of scientists and sailors, as well as artists and writers. 

    Born in Concepción, Chile, in 1956, Muñoz Vera studied at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, at which he also taught in the Facultad de Bellas Artes prior to moving to Madrid in 1979, where he lives and works today.  The subject of numerous international exhibitions over the years, Madrid’s Centro Cultural de la Villa presented a retrospective on his work in 2000.  Recently he was honored with a commission to paint the portrait of Juan Carlos I, King of Spain.

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    An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street.  The entire exhibition can be viewed online at http://forumgallery.com/exhibitions/current-season/.   

    For more information, please contact:

    Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or Erica@forumgallery.com

    The Platonic Ideal

    New York, September 24, 2009 – Forum Gallery presents The Platonic Ideal, an exhibition featuring the work of twenty-eight painters and sculptors exploring the essence of subject and form in the human figure, the imaginary landscape, and perceived objects.

    The Greek Philosopher Plato held that objects in the known world exist on two consciously understood levels. The first is the physical object, concrete but imperfect in its physicality. The second is the perceived object, an idea that is both perfect and symbolic; an ideal, stored and understood in the general subconscious.

    Forum Gallery’s new exhibition, The Platonic Ideal, takes Plato’s concept of the object one step further, exploring the possibility that beyond the physical imperfect and the abstract perfect, artistic invention offers a third level of the object, created by the imaginative and unique eye of the artist. This exhibition presents artworks that are perfected interpretations of objects, people or landscapes, conceived, enhanced and transformed.

    The exhibition will explore the human figure with sculptures by Alexander Archipenko, Chaim Gross, Igor Mitoraj, Elie Nadelman, Hugo Robus and Medardo Rosso; and in paintings and drawings by William Bailey, Philip Evergood, Alan Feltus, John Graham, Julie Heffernan, Bernard Karfiol, Carlo Maria Mariani, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Odd Nerdrum and Maria Tomasula. The paradigmatic majesty of the landscape is examined in paintings by Charles Burchfield, Peter Greaves, Ben Shahn and Tula Telfair, and in sculpture by Holly Lane. Uncanny objects are invented and depicted by Robert Cottingham, Gregory Gillespie, Alan Magee, Charles Matton, Paul Suttman, and Cybèle Young.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Steven Assael: Paintings & Drawings

    March 5, 2009, New York, NY – Steven Assael, the New York artist hailed by The Art Newspaper as “the foremost figurative painter of his generation”, will exhibit his latest paintings and drawings at Forum Gallery, New York, from March 19 to May 2, 2009. The exhibition, Assael’s seventh since joining the Gallery in 1998, focuses on public and private aspects of urban life and explores issues of intimacy, gender and personal identity. The portraits and narratives the artist paints touch on contact, isolation, sexuality and the journey through life.

    In the paintings, Steven Assael employs his unique, characteristic sense of light and shadow to illuminate the characters and lives of his subjects. A featured painting, Crowd #1, 2009, oil on canvas, 72″ x 96″, was exhibited by Forum Gallery at The Armory Show Modern (New York, March 5-9) to preview the forthcoming exhibition. In this major work, Assael leaves specific location and narrative to the viewer. He shows a crowd of infinite number and depth, people to whom we relate but who do not relate to each other, no matter how close the gathering.

    The drawings are striking in their detail and accuracy, always used in the interest and exploration of intimate moments of introspection. All of the drawings and paintings in the exhibition have been created since 2006.

    Steven Assael’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at museums from Chattanooga to Seattle and at galleries throughout the United States. Works have been chosen for curated group exhibitions at the Naples Museum of Art, FL; the Arkansas Art Center, the Evansville Museum, IN; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; among many. Paintings and drawings can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Kansas City; The Columbus Museum, GA; and many other museum and distinguished private collections.

    Watch a Video Interview with Steven Assael

    An opening reception with the artist will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Fifth Floor. The exhibition continues through Saturday, May 2, 2009. A full color catalogue, with essay by Anna F. Burgess, is available, $25.00 ppd. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason. For more information please contact the Gallery.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Peter Krausz: (No) Man’s Land

    Los Angeles, California – Forum Gallery is pleased to announce its second Los Angeles exhibition of the work of Montreal-based artist Peter Krausz, from January 9 through February 28, 2009, with an opening reception for the artist on Friday evening, January 9, from 7-9:00 p.m.

    The exhibition consists of fifteen vibrant and visceral paintings of varying sizes, all of which are executed in secco, Krausz’ artistic medium of choice and an ancient painting technique used centuries ago. Unlike the more familiar fresco, in which pigments are applied to a wet surface, Krausz creates his secco surfaces using marble powder and acrylic gels, and then paints using pulverized pigments in an egg-based emulsion. Numerous transparent layers yield the intensity of color for which the artist’s work is known. By using this secco technique Krausz achieves remarkable luminosity and also richer surface textures and perdurability than could result in any other way.

    The title of this latest exhibition, (No) Man’s Land, relates directly to Krausz’ long-standing preoccupation with the concept of borders, the frontiers that sometimes follow natural geographical features but which are often arbitrarily, even brutally, imposed on nature, landscapes, and human beings. This theme began with Krausz’ surreptitious border crossing while escaping with his family from Eastern Block Romania in 1969, and endured as a prominent subject in many of his paintings and photographs, including those from his Berlin Series of 1987-1989.

    The border motif also relates to Krausz’ interest in man’s interrelationship with nature as it exists specifically in the Mediterranean basin. The artist has explored this theme in several other series executed and exhibited over the past twenty years such as Landscape and Memory, (De) Natura Humana, and, more recently, Helen’s Exile. (No) Man’s Land takes, as its visual source, the island of Cyprus where, for the past 35 years, a Dead Zone (as it is called by the Greeks) cuts a brutal and arbitrary wound across cultivated fields, villages and even individual houses. In Krausz’ paintings swaths of uncultivable terrain extend before the historically fecund land of old, an evocative manifestation of mankind’s ongoing difficulty to live harmoniously with the natural world.

    Peter Krausz was born in Romania in 1946 and graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Fine Arts in 1969. He emigrated to Montréal, Canada in 1970 and was the curator of the Saidye Bronfman Centre Art Gallery (Montréal) from 1980-1991. He joined the faculty of the University of Montréal in 1991, and is now a tenured Professor of Fine Art in the Art History department. The artist has received numerous prestigious grants from the Canadian Fine Arts Council and the Québec Ministry of Cultural Affairs. His work is included in many important collections, including the Musée d’art Contemporain, Montréal; Musée du Québec; Royal Bank of Canada; Citi Bank, New York; Air Canada; and the Jewish Museum, New York.

    Location: Los Angeles

    Paul Fenniak

    February 12, 2009, New York, NY – New, psychologically compelling paintings by Paul Fenniak, will be on view at Forum Gallery from Thursday, February 26 through Saturday, April 11. The paintings in this exhibition bridge realism and symbolism, posing inevitable and inexorable questions about the events portrayed. In his New York Times review of Fenniak’s debut exhibition at Forum Gallery, Ken Johnson described the Artist’s painting as having “a genuinely haunting, cinematic monumentality. It reminds one that the narrative as well as painterly possibilities of traditional, figurative representation are still far from exhausted.”

    Fenniak describes his current body of work in terms of two themes: the unbridgeable gulf between people; and the longing for escape. The artist cites George Simenon in a 1955 interview: “One [theme] is the problem of communication. I mean communication between two people. The fact that we are, I don’t know how many millions of people, yet communication, complete communication, is completely impossible between two of these people, is to me one of the biggest tragic themes in the world.” … “Another [is] the theme of escape. Between two days changing your life completely: without caring at all what has happened before…”

    These themes came together for the artist in a series of recent news items involving people plotting their own kidnappings and one involving a woman stalking her romantic rival. Fenniak also notes that the two themes, to a much lesser degree, are discernible in his own life and in the lives of those around him. Two trips to Iceland, in 2004 and 2006, provided additional source material.

    As he paints, Fenniak seeks a subtle balance between the accurate description of these life situations and the manipulation of appearances in order to allow them to operate as metaphor. He strives for “a convincing world that will draw in the viewer: a world of concrete detail which is at the same time an intangible, intimate, interior world, revealing unexpressed emotions.”

    Fenniak lives and works in Montreal. His work is included in the collection of the Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT and private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. Fenniak was the subject of a traveling solo exhibition organized by the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, and has been included in exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; The Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; and the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR. among others.

    An opening reception with the Artist will take place on Thursday February 26, 2009 at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Fourth Floor, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through Saturday, April 11, 2009. A 24-page full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available from the gallery for $20.00. The entire exhibition can be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason. For more information please contact the Gallery.

    Johnson, Ken “Art In Review, Paul Fenniak,” The New York Times, April 23, 1999.

    “The Art of Fiction No. 9: George Simenon” interview with The Paris Review, 1955.

    Location: New York 4th Floor

    Michael Leonard: New Paintings & Drawings

    MICHAEL LEONARD: Charged Elements

    by Barbara S. Krulik
    Amsterdam, January 2009

    I visited London to meet Michael Leonard, to meet him and confirm my thoughts about his work, to see the paintings and drawings and learn a bit more about the man. He is an artist unusually educated about his precedents, be they ancient or modern. Indeed, in the house and studio, I saw meticulously organized bookshelves filled with art books: monographs, biographies, surveys. The walls are covered with paintings, drawings and prints; tables hold sculptures, objects and still life elements. Everything tells a story about friends, family and the artist’s personal and professional history.

    Michael Leonard is incredibly knowledgeable about American art and artists, and feels closer to them than the British. Among his artistic forebears, he says, are Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. Homer and Hopper began their careers in commercial art as did Michael Leonard. Commercial art gave Leonard direction and livelihood, and also a set of skills that would come back strongly in his drawings and paintings.

    While in London, I had the opportunity to see the Tate Modern’s exhibition of Rothko: The Late Series. It may seem a bizarre comparison, but late Mark Rothko paintings and studies gave me a way to understand better how Leonard works. Like Rothko he works in series. He rotates the painting in the process of composition, he pays close attention to the treatment of contours and his paint surface stimulates the viewer to move close to the picture plane. In an interview with Edward Lucie-Smith, Leonard states that he is excited by

    relating the arabesques of the figure to a rectangle. Sometimes just the rectangle of the picture itself… people generally concentrate on the content rather than how the picture is made up but I am just as excited by the abstract aspects of picture making.

    Square and near square compositions are particularly appealing to Michael Leonard. His aversion to standing rectangles comes from his early years illustrating book jackets. His models are caught in transitory positions not easily registered by the naked eye and in order to achieve this he uses a camera for reference. In his drawings he works out the compositional schema in detail.

    Leonard brings the picture edge in on the figures in his panels, sometimes cutting off more of the panel at a later time. Figures are so closely cropped as to appear confined. It is as if the bodies are ready to spring beyond the picture plane and some do. Thus, the context disappears; there are no furnishings, and no references except the human body. Clothing or towels provide opportunities for color but only titles tip us off as to context. Leonard says color and tone are the big battle areas. Indeed the linear compositions are worked out in the detailed drawings. Color and tonal elements are developed directly on the panel, and built up in layers and layers of paint. From close up, the paint surface reveals a subtle and varied palette in the flesh tones. Seen from the distance the paintings glow like Vermeer.

    The most important, captivating thing about these paintings and drawings is the content. Leonard reveres Degas, who held a discreet distance from his young ballerinas and bathers. Leonard replaces the dance studio or brothel, with the changing room and keeps no distance from his subjects. For me, the male nudes are particularly powerful. They twist and turn in their cramped space, in doing so we almost feel the sinew, in the tautness of the musculature. Dressing or disrobing, the models are caught in a personal activity that is rarely shared with strangers. The female nudes are much more delicately painted – softer – with a pearly smoothness that references Ingres. They are also caught in the process of intimate action.

    The compressed foreground puts us so close to the subject as to make us just a bit uncomfortable. We are confronted with our own passions, our voyeuristic impulses. In our silent communication with the subject, we are met with an unreadable expression that could even be the glimmer of a smile.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Made in America

    October 23, 2008, New York, NY: The current exhibition at Forum Gallery, New York focuses on works ‘made in America’ by seventeen Artists, including Willem de Kooning, George Grosz, and Raphael Soyer, all of whom immigrated to the United States from their countries of origin. Made in America is a reflection of the deep-rooted American spirit that inspired these Artists to settle in this country, seeking opportunity, diversity, and freedom; an America perhaps somewhat eclipsed recently by political differences, market pressures, and greed. In our complex contemporary society, the art these artists created serves to reaffirm the global imperative and inspiration that America was, is, and can again become.

    George Grosz’s Standing Figure (image of war and peace) from 1935, is a fundamental example of art as political activism, and an image that would have been banned in Grosz’s native Germany. The piece depicts a man with two very different sides: on the left he is a simple man with a curious smile and on the right he is a Nazi soldier, tight-lipped with bloodied knife in hand. In 1924, Grosz said “I drew and painted from a spirit of contradiction” (Kunstblatt); he was deeply affected by his experiences with War and applied his feelings of contradiction, anger, and outrage to his work.

    Having immigrated to the U.S. as a child from Lithuania, Ben Shahn used his talent to make art that explored the social virtues of America and decried injustice. In All That is Beautiful from 1965, Shahn illustrates a bustling city on the rise, with his inspiration being “the pain of seeing the city I grew up in being covered by the new wave of concrete and glass.” His always compassionate representations of modern American society are poignant reminders of the universal promise America holds.

    In the hauntingly beautiful painting Veronica and her Daughters from 1952, Raphael Soyer, born in Russia, captures an intimate moment between a mother and her children. A master of Social Realism, Soyer poignantly depicts the struggle of day to day life in America through the eyes of the eternal Mother. Seated and clutching her youngest, she looks away, possibly contemplating the bleak outlook for her and her daughters; while one of the girls gazes directly out, confronting the viewer and, conceivably, her own future.

    The works included in this exhibition offer reassurance that America is and has been in dynamic forward motion, continually enduring and overcoming challenges. Our history unfolds in the images and subjects included in Made in America.

    Made in America includes works by Alexander Archipenko, Oscar Bluemner, Ilya Bolotowsky, Konrad Cramer, Willem de Kooning, John Graham, Chaim Gross, George Grosz, Henry Koerner, Gaston Lachaise, Louis Lozowick, Elie Nadelman, Jules Pascin, Ben Shahn, Raphael Soyer, Oleg Vassiliev, and Max Weber.

    The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, in the 4th floor gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, New York. For more information or images please contact Kathryn McSweeney, 212-355-4545.

    Location: New York 4th Floor

    Linden Frederick: American Studies

    New York, NY October 29, 2008 – Linden Frederick will exhibit American Studies, a series comprising nearly fifty 12 ¼ x 12 ¼ inch oil paintings. Frederick’s subjects are drawn from his experience as he traveled the United States by bicycle, train and bus; observing the country in it’s most subtle and liminal moments. The exhibition will take place at Forum Gallery, New York from Thursday, November 13, 2008 through Saturday, January 3, 2009.

    Conceived by the artist more than two years ago, American Studies is a panorama of individual scene paintings that express and elicit complex feelings without the need for narrative. Frederick has chosen to paint those images he feels depict the mood of the nation. His paintings portray locations that could easily be anywhere, despite their completely realistic origins. His buildings are at once austere in their solitude, and welcoming in the warmth of the suggested life within.

    Noticeably devoid of human figures, it is light – from within a motor inn or home, or the colored cast from the shift of the sun – that is the protagonist in these paintings. The artist emphasizes that the original location that inspired each painting is not important: all of these images are at once recognizable, relatable, and uniquely descriptive of the culture of America.

    As he travels, Frederick makes notes about his surroundings: these photographs and handwritten observations inform his decisions when he returns to his studio to paint. Although Frederick has created his large-scale paintings by first working on studies in small format, the works in American Studies are finished and completed artworks.

    Linden Frederick was born in upstate New York, and currently lives and works on Maine’s Southern coast. He is a Maine Arts Commission Grant recipient and has participated in museum and gallery exhibitions across the country, including those at The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; Portland Museum of Art, ME; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME; the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; and the Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA.

    Watch a Video Interview with Linden Frederick

    The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue. An opening reception with the artist will take place Thursday, November 13th, 2008 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 5th Floor. The exhibition continues through January 3, 2009. Gallery hours are 10 to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Please contact the gallery for images, b-roll and further information.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Holly Lane & Cybèle Young

    Extended through January 9, 2010

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    October 31, 2009, New York, NY– Forum Gallery presents the two-woman exhibition Holly Lane / Cybèle Young. Both artists create work with the highest of artistic ambition and consummate craft, but their narratives are quite different, and the materials they use contrast, creating a visually stimulating joint exhibition.

    Toronto artist Cybèle Young produces unique, colorful, dimensional “paintings” entirely created from handmade Japanese paper and her own copperplate etchings. Inspired by the fleeting day-to-day occurrences that comprise everyday life, Young’s miniature worlds have been described as “deviously funny, somewhat ominous, or even potentially dangerous.” As she meticulously recreates seemingly quotidian objects, her subconscious imbues them with animate qualities: teapots and umbrellas come to life in conversation, brassieres have thoughts, and armchairs even develop to-do lists. Each work is an arresting picture of an imaginative idea, and compels attention, thought and broad smiles.

    Living in Northern California, Holly Lane prefers to work in solitude to germinate the ideas for her iconographic altarpieces. A self-taught wood carver, Lane uses elaborate carving to bring each work into three-dimensions. Many of Lane’s intricate works focus around surreal allegorical scene paintings of modern-day fairy tales and narratives about the role of women in society, spiritual faith, and the environment.

    These contemporary altarpieces touch on human foibles with incisive humor and delicious wit, she creates results at once intimate and dramatic, tiny and imposing, and always penetrating and perceptive.

    The opening reception with the artists will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The exhibition continues through Wednesday, December 23, 2009. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason. For more information please contact Forum Gallery.

    Location: New York 4th Floor

    Bo Bartlett

    Los Angeles, California – Forum Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of nineteen recent works by Bo Bartlett from March 6th to April 18th. There will be an opening reception on March 6th from 7-9 p.m. The artist will be present.

    “Life, death, passage, memory, and confrontation coexist easily in his world. Family and friends are the cast of characters that appear in his dreamlike narrative works. Although the scenes are set around his childhood home in Georgia, his island summer home in Maine, his home in Pennsylvania or the surroundings of his studio and residence in Washington state, they represent a deeper, mythical concept of the archetypal, universal home.
    –Tom Butler, excerpt from the book Bo Bartlett, Heartland

    A leading force in contemporary American representational painting for the past thirty years, Bo Bartlett was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. From 1976-1981 he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a decision motivated by his personally appointed mentor Andrew Wyeth whose “truth to experience” Bartlett has always placed at the core of his own artistic identity. Following his time at The Academy, Bartlett concluded his formative development with private studies under Nelson Shanks at the master painter’s residence in Andalusia, Pennsylvania.

    Bartlett’s paintings reflect Benjamin West’s epic narration, Thomas Eakins’ psychological realism, and Winslow Homer’s subtle revelations. Combining a historically Baroque sensibility with a powerful contemporary stance, Bartlett alludes to both ancient and current events in an ongoing balance between past and present. Working through his Life Cycle series, War series, and later his Water series, the artist continues to blend realism with idealism, the personal with the common, the general with the individual.

    In his large-scale painting Los Soñadores (The Dreamers) the artist depicts a group of five youths walking at twilight beneath a moon-lit sky. In sequence they pass by on a high plateau overlooking evidence of a large, industrial city. Seemingly dejected, some look back towards the viewer; others focus their gaze straight-ahead. The protagonists are undoubtedly Mexican laborers, and the background metropolis quite possibly Los Angeles. Yet the scene is as much a universal statement as it is specific commentary. An ongoing and timeless human struggle is pictured. One that has happened, is happening and will happen.

    Such an implied narrative also takes on symbolic meaning in Bartlett’s A New Beginning. A painter (possibly the artist himself) sits in a chair, his back to the spectator, and works on a large blank canvas while a young girl rests on the floor by his side, gazing directly at the onlooker and holding a small, yet finished, painting. As in many of Bartlett’s compositions, the two characters appear unaware of each other while the viewer is left to surmise the nature of their intertextuality and what events might unfold therein.

    Still lifes of a smaller scale are no less captivating. In the Painter’s Bucket the bright white bucket rests precariously near the edge of a ledge, framed by a dramatic sky. The Broom, which juts straight up into the picture plane before a flat, yellow landscape, has somehow just caught on fire. The champagne bottle in Anniversary mysteriously rests on a white tablecloth in front of a bright blue sea. These essentially mundane objects are imbued with a sense of great import and represent Bartlett’s celebration of both the commonplace and the extraordinary.

    Bo Bartlett divides his time between his studios in Maine, Georgia and Vashon Island, Washington. A winner of many distinguished awards throughout his career, examples of his work can be found in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, the Denver Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara, California, Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art in Georgia, and the Academy of Music and United States Mint in Philadelphia.

    Location: Los Angeles

    Bernardo Siciliano

    New York, January 7, 2010 – In the four years since his last exhibition at Forum Gallery, Bernardo Siciliano has continued his intensive concentration on luminous urban landscapes and bold and compelling figurative painting. In the shape of the city that surrounds him and in the striking portraits of its people, he expresses the strength and dynamic beauty of his subjects.

    Siciliano has always thought the figure to be the most important and challenging subject matter for any artist. His human figures portray their vulnerability, as the viewer becomes privy to the intimate interaction between the painter and his subject. The artist’s experience as a photographer emerges in these stunning life-size portraits: each figure is tense and cinematic, as though poised to move at any moment. Close inspection of the canvas reveals that each crisp figure is comprised of an endless number of carefully chosen colors and bold paint strokes.

    Equally arresting, Siciliano’s cityscapes explore the lush geometry of the city surrounding the artist’s downtown home and Brooklyn studio. Since his move from Italy, Siciliano has been inspired by what he describes as the “violent, blinding, gritty” light specific to his adopted New York City. In Siciliano’s cityscapes the objects are defined in paint by blocks of color. The surfaces of these canvases are rough, tactile, and marked by the definitive strokes of the artist’s paintbrush.

    Bernardo Siciliano was born in Rome on June 29, 1969 and had his first one-person exhibition in 1991 at Galleria Il Gabbiano in Rome, presented by Robert Tassi. In 1998, he was an award winner at the invitational XXXII Prix International d’Art Contemporain de Montecarlo. In recent years, he has been included in group shows at Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY, and Galleria Forni in Bologna. In 2005 the Italian Factory sponsored his Jet-Lag exhibition at Chiostro de Bramante, Rome, which traveled to Palazzo della Ragione in Milan. Bernardo Siciliano is currently preparing for his June 2010 one-person exhibition at the Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO).

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    Location: New York 5th Floor

    David Levine: American Presidents & Selected Paintings 1966 – 2008

    August 30, 2008 New York, NY – Forum Gallery presents American Presidents & Selected Paintings: 1966 – 2008, including nearly 50 paintings and drawings by David Levine, America’s acclaimed observer of humanity and politics. For over four decades Levine has entertained readers of The New York Review of Books with his often-satirical portraiture of public figures. The current exhibition brings together these caricatures and Levine’s intimate painted portraits of the diverse characters that populate New York City.

    The exhibition features a selection of more than 40 political figures from the caricatures the artist has created since he began working for the New York Review of Books in 1963. With the November 2008 presidential election upon us, Levine’s sketches of the Kennedys, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, the Clintons and their advisors and appointees are a wry and incisive reminder of how history informs and embellishes political life.

    The exhibition celebrates the release of David Levine’s new book, American Presidents, 128 pages of Levine’s caricatures and anecdotes chronicling five administrations in some of their most notable and shameful moments. As Bill Moyers and Michael Winship write in their foreword to the volume:

    “For more than four decades, David Levine has pierced the public image of America’s presidents and politicians with a fistful of sharpened pen nibs and gallons of India ink carefully tinctured with carbolic. “Politicians should be jumped on as often as possible,” he once told Time Magazine. Levine pounced where many feared to tread.”

    David Levine’s caricatures and paintings are featured in public and private collections across the country including, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and The Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

    A November 2008 Vanity Fair article will chronicle David Levine’s art and life, and Forum Gallery is producing a video interview with the artist to discuss his upcoming exhibition, his new book, and his recent retirement from 40 years at the New York Review of Books.

    Watch a Video Interview with David Levine

    The 128-page Fantagraphics book, American Presidents, with an introduction by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship and commentary by the artist, accompanies the exhibition and is available for $20 plus $2. S&H. An opening reception will take place on Thursday October 2, 2008 at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, Fifth Floor. The exhibition continues through Saturday November 8, 2008. For more information, images or B-roll please contact Rachel Feinberg at Forum Gallery.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Gregory Gillespie: Paintings

    New York, NY – From February 25 to May 1, 2010, Forum Gallery marks its fiftieth anniversary year by presenting an exhibition of paintings by the artist Gregory Gillespie (1936-2000), whom Forum represented from his first New York exhibition in 1966 until his untimely death, a suicide, in 2000. Gillespie, a unique and visionary artist, was never a part of any movement or school; in his work, he defied characterization. In large and small panel paintings and mixed media works, he constructed elaborately detailed fantasy landscapes, imaginary personal narratives, startling and memorable self-portraits, symbolist abstractions and trompe l’oeil still lifes throughout his career, moving back and forth among these stylistic choices with unpredictable frequency, unerring technique and uncanny brilliance.

    Born in 1936, Gregory Gillespie completed his schooling at The Cooper Union (New York) and the San Francisco Art Institute in 1962. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Grant and a Chester Dale fellowship, enabling him to work in Italy at the American Academy in Rome until 1970. The paintings he created there were first exhibited at Forum Gallery, in 1966, and brought the Artist to the immediate attention of the New York art establishment. Among Gillespie’s early admirers were the collector Joseph H. Hirshhorn and his curator Abram Lerner, who would become the first Director of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. The Museum’s presentation of a retrospective exhibition of Gregory Gillespie’s work in 1977, when the Artist was only forty years old, catapulted him into enduring National prominence.

    Forum Gallery’s 2010 exhibition will include paintings from each of the four decades of Gregory Gillespie’s career, acquired from private collections. Many of the works have been in the same collections since their original acquisition. Five major paintings to be exhibited were included in the exhibition, Gregory Gillespie: A Unique American Vision, organized in 1999 by the Georgia Museum of Art, which was presented by four museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

    Featured works in the exhibition include Manikin Piece, an iconic 1980 still life painting formerly in the collection of Sidney and Frances Lewis; the possibly autobiographical homage, Painter in Bedroom, 1994, from a prominent New England collection; and Gillespie’s earliest known major work, Provocation, c. 1962.

    Paintings by Gregory Gillespie are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Georgia Museum of Art at Athens; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and many others.

    Forum Gallery, established in 1961, was the first and only New York gallery to exhibit Gregory Gillespie’s work during his lifetime. The 2010 exhibition will be the nineteenth one-person exhibition for Gregory Gillespie at Forum Gallery; catalogues and similar publications of Gregory Gillespie’s work are available at the gallery or on the website.

    For further information, please contact the gallery.

    Location: New York 4th Floor

    Mark Podwal: Jewish Magic

    New York, NY August 14, 2008 – Superstitions, ritual, mythology, angels and magic have long had a place in religious traditions and writings. In Judaism, these elements have been used to emphasize the Powers of Good; thus, “Jewish Magic.”

    Throughout his career, artist Mark Podwal has been fascinated by Jewish folk beliefs. His current exhibition at Forum Gallery, Jewish Magic, brings many of them to life in 30 recent works on paper, including ink drawings and gouache acrylics. In blazing color we are witness to Elijah’s Transformation into the Angel Metatron, and introduced to the Frog who Taught Rabbi Hanina the Whole Torah. For each astonishing tale, the artist has provided a brief description to help contextualize the artwork.

    Podwal’s film House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, will run during the course of the exhibition. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Allan Miller (From Mao to Mozart) directed the film. Mark Podwal was the executive producer and writer. The film was featured at the 2008 New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and is a portrait of Prague’s sacred burial ground, described as the “Westminster Abbey of the Jewish people.” Crowded with twelve layers of graves, the cemetery is the source of countless legends, including Rabbi Loew’s golem. Channel Thirteen and National PBS have scheduled the film for broadcast in April 2009 as part of their primetime programming to commemorate the Holocaust Days of Remembrance.

    Many of Podwal’s award-winning drawings have been featured in The New York Times. The artist has worked extensively with author Elie Wiesel, with whom he published several books and collaborated on the PBS television special A Passover Seder Presented by Elie Wiesel. Podwal has illustrated eleven children’s books of his own, including Jerusalem Sky and Golem: A Giant Made of Mud. He has illustrated for numerous authors including Harold Bloom, Francine Prose, and Francine Klagsbrun.

    Mark Podwal’s work is collected internationally and included in museum collections worldwide, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; The Jewish Museum, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; The Museum of the City of New York; and The National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Opening reception with the artist on Thursday, September 4th, 2008 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, 5th Floor. The exhibition continues through September 27th. Gallery hours are 10 to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Please contact the gallery for further information.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Modern American Sculpture

    Los Angeles, California – Forum Gallery presents the exhibition Modern American Sculpture from January 4th through February 9th, 2008, with an opening reception Friday evening January 4th, 2008, from 7-9:00 p.m. The exhibition includes works by important American artists of the first half of the 20th century, and a special installation of “structurist” wall-reliefs.

    Among the most dramatic inclusions in Modern American Sculpture is a group of four works by Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964). Woman with Cat (1910), Torso Nocturne (1929), Crossed Arms (1928) and Small Torso in Space (c. 1938) are all quintessential examples of the work of this seminal figure in 20th century sculpture. Archipenko’s unique depiction of profile and line changed the way the world saw form in space. By 1923, when he emigrated to the United States, Archipenko was well-known in Europe, and had been included, alongside fellow Cubist sculptor Pablo Picasso, in the landmark 1913 New York Armory Show.

    Austrian born Chaim Gross (1904-1991) is represented in the exhibition by five expressive works in wood and bronze. A master carver, Gross began working as early as 1926 with tropical woods, extracting magical shapes from their grain and mastering the sculptural possibilities of mahogany, ebony, sabicu, and lignum vitae, perhaps the hardest wood known to man. The artist’s life-long admiration for circus performers is shown in his Flying Trapeze on Ice from 1958 and his Unicyclist from three years earlier. Gross has harnessed the energy of these performers, simplifying their forms to create works of abstract novelty.

    Cleveland born sculptor Hugo Robus (1885-1964) is represented in the exhibition with seven sculptures from the compact and dynamic Girl with Wasp, to the steamlined and elegant Paean.. In Woman Doing her Hair from 1956 the artist has sculpted a woman’s nude torso, the figure’s head sharply tilted downwards, her slender arms outstretched above her head with her hands uniting around a tuft of hair. The compositional result is one of great equipoise.

    Hair coiffing is also the subject of Eli Nadelman’s exquisite papier-mâché Woman Dressing Another Woman’s Hair. Polish born Eli Nadelman (1882-1946) first came to the United States in 1914, and the next year Alfred Stieglitz exhibited his work at his avant-garde New York gallery “291″. Nadelman constantly experimented with sculptural materials, working in wood, bronze, and marble to leave an indelible mark as one of the 20th century’s greatest sculptors. Examples of his work are included in every major museum collection in the country.

    The special installation, Structure, is exclusively devoted to three dimensional relief works by Charles Biederman, Ilya Bolotowsky, Eli Bornstein, Sidney Gordin and Nikolai Kasak, whose multi-colored wall-reliefs combine linear form with nature-based abstraction. These works have a harmonious and durable presence that elevates their perception immeasurably.

    Modern American Sculpture also includes works by Franc Epping, Thomas Lomedico, Arnold Rönnebeck, John Storrs, Max Weber and William Zorach.

    CONTACT: Niccolò Brooker

    Location: Los Angeles

    Sean Henry

    April 29, 2010, New York, NY – Forum Gallery presents Sean Henry, an exhibition of new figurative sculptures from British artist Sean Henry. Inspired by friends and the people he encounters on the streets of London, Henry’s sculptures delve into the mysteries of daily life. Working from life, photographs and his own drawings, Henry creates each sculpture in clay before it is cast in bronze and individually painted by the artist.

    Tom Flynn writes: “Underpinning Henry’s work is a restless urge to push boundaries that define the experience of viewing sculpture. Scale remains central to this ongoing investigation, as does his choice of subject. Works such as Papillon and John (Standing) demonstrate his instinct for turning seemingly ordinary human types into sculpted figures of compelling strangeness. Much of the new work also shows him foregrounding his love of painting – always an important part of his work but recently recruited into a more active role in conjuring a sense of psychological intensity. This is most evident in Papillon – three almost identical ceramic portrait heads of an anonymous man, mounted side by side on separate wall panel.”

    Papillon and John (Standing) are included in the exhibition, as is the scale model of the artist’s work Folly – a large open-sided pavilion – developed between 2007 and 2009 for the sculpture garden of a new museum in The Netherlands. At full size, the work measures 24 x 18 x 12 feet. The tapering single room that comprises Folly contains painted bronze sculptures of a bed, a desk, two chairs and two versions of the same man, one asleep and one standing. Sunlight shines through a rectangular skylight directly above the bed, sending shafts of light and dark across the rear wall like an over-scaled Venetian blind, marking the passing of time.

    Forum Gallery presented Sean Henry’s first U.S. exhibition in 2002, and has shown his work in group and solo shows ever since. The Artist is now exhibited regularly in Germany and Holland, as well as in his native England. In 2007, Sean Henry completed Britain’s first permanent offshore work of public art. The 16 ½ foot tall sculpture Couple is installed on a 25 foot tall pier, almost a quarter mile into Newbiggin Bay, on a 650 foot-long breakwater structure designed to protect the beach. Henry’s work is also the subject of a 2008 monograph published by Scala, written by Tom Flynn. The book is currently available at Forum Gallery for $39.95 (softbound) and $55 (hardbound). Henry’s sculptures are installed in collections around the world, including Golden Square, London; Canary Wharf, London; Paddington Central Development, London, Berkeley Square, London; Tower Records HQ, Sacramento, CA; and the Peak Mansions, Hong Kong.

    Click here to see more work by Sean Henry.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Susan Hauptman

    Click here to see more work by Susan Hauptman.

    New York, NY March 9, 2010 – Forum Gallery presents an exhibition of fifteen bold new drawings by Susan Hauptman.

    Hauptman’s highly refined drawings are difficult to categorize. Realistic and idealized, austere and playful, exposed and secretive: these incongruities keep her audience on their toes.

    Created in the four years since her last exhibition at Forum Gallery, the works in the current exhibition take Hauptman’s career-long exploration of the principles of drawing in charcoal one step further. The artist intends these works as studies on the basic structure of line, shading and tonality. The smooth surface of each drawing belies the subtle complexities of their composition: each gesture and object stands in for a part of the artist’s life.

    In each of these preternaturally realistic portraits the artist has chosen an unusual element to pair with her constant medium, charcoal: plastic charms affixed to the paper with encaustic encircle the artist’s larger-than-life neck in Self-Portrait (with charms), 2008, while feathers protrude from the picture plane and decorate her pointed hat in Self-Portrait (with feathers), 2007. Incorporating these objects gives the viewer a playful way to relate to each drawing and a shared knowledge with the artist.

    Susan Hauptman’s drawings have been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; the Long Beach Museum of Art, CA; the Naples Museum of Art, FL; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; and the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH. Hauptman’s work is included in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; and the Glenn Janss Collection, ID, among others.

    Location: New York 5th Floor

    Tula Telfair: Located at the Edge of a Momentary Convergence: New Landscape Paintings

    Los Angeles, California – Forum Gallery presents the exhibition Tula Telfair: Located at the Edge of a Momentary Convergence: New Landscape Paintings from April 11 – May 30, 2008 with an opening reception Friday evening April 11, from 7-9:00 pm.

    This Forum Gallery exhibition of Tula Telfair’s work includes fifteen beautiful, dramatic landscape paintings, each a masterful combination of clarity, mystery and contradiction. While Telfair’s paintings appear to contain the detailed observations of earlier artists, they are actually not observed but invented from the vast repertoire of Tula’s memories and travels, and spring forth from the well of her life experiences.

    Seven of these recent paintings focus on twilight, from its subtle onset in Justified by the Possibility to its crepuscular climax in Using a Selected Vocabulary. Instead of referencing a single moment in time, however, as is true of much traditional landscape painting, each work is a continuum, a time path that includes remembrances of what preceded and anticipates what will follow. These are expressions of memory, hope and desire: metaphoric visual short stories alluded to by her contemplative titles which take place in a universe beyond the plane of daily life.

    In Reality Defeats Theory and There Are Different Kinds of Truth Telfair employs water to lead the viewer through her compositions. This water reflects the light in the sky and conveys the mood of the scene. Yet its direction is indefinite, as its source and destination are left to the imagination. In works such as Strategies of Co-Existing Difference and Perception Becomes Action the artist uses wide bands of color which lead the viewer, as do the streams of water, from position to position within the picture plane, setting images off one from another. These bands have an intensity that yields a sort of sensual roadmap, magnifying the viewer’s approach and deepening the desire to penetrate the landscape’s suggested story.

    A brilliant extension of the progression of landscape painting from the backdrops of the Renaissance through the travelogues of the nineteenth century and the realism that followed, Tula Telfair’s paintings are fully contemporary in their inspiration and execution. They are in fact exceptional realizations by a woman at once a gifted artist and a powerful intellectual presence.

    Tula Telfair spent her childhood in West Central Africa. A grant recipient and graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, she was a graduate fellow and received a Masters of Fine Art degree at Syracuse University. First employed as an instructor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she became in a few years Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and then acting Dean of the school. Painting all the while at her studio in upstate New York, Telfair has exhibited at galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut, and her paintings have been included in museum exhibitions throughout the United States.

    Location: Los Angeles

    Forum Gallery presents seventeen new paintings by award winning American artist Alan Feltus. The works in the current exhibition continue the artist’s neoclassical exploration of the figure, saturated by the colors and richness of Italy, where Feltus has lived for more than twenty years. Feltus’ own influences are diverse: from Cycladic sculpture to Giotto; from Titian to Giorgio de Chirico; from Arshile Gorky to Balthus and Lucian Freud. Feltus puts it succinctly, “I have always understood that art comes out of art.”

    Alan Feltus’ canvases portray the complexities of human relationships and emotions. Whether husbands and wives, siblings, lovers, or friends, Feltus’ figures are communicative but detached, pensive yet silent, animated and motionless. Seeking to express the inexpressible, Feltus uses body language as a tool: hands appear clutched or reaching out, never completing a gesture; bodies are postured awkwardly, aloof and frozen in a moment. Preferring solitude as he works, the artist uses his own face as his primary model. The figures that result noticeably resemble one another, creating an additional layer of metaphor in the narrative of each canvas.

    Alan Feltus has lived and worked in Assisi with his wife, painter Lani Irwin, since 1987. Works by Feltus and Irwin are currently traveling the United States in an exhibition titled, “Personal Interiors” that will finish touring in October 2010 at the SoFA Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington.

    Recently, Feltus’ work has been included in exhibitions at the Boulder Museum, Colorado; the Casa Dell’Arte, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey; the American Academy, New York and Rome; the National Academy Museum, New York; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. His work is included in important public collections around the world including, The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; Corcoran Gallery of Art and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; National Academy of Art, New York; and the Wichita Art Museum, KS.

    Click here to see additional works by Alan Feltus

    Location: New York 4th Floor

    For Immediate Release

    FORUM GALLERY PRESENTS
    Robert Cottingham: Empire
    February 24 – April 9, 2011

    “About 14 years ago, I had a show at the Montgomery Museum of Art in Alabama. After the opening, the director took me aside and said, “You really ought to see this theater downtown.” The director’s assistant drove me downtown to the Empire, which was built in 1914. It was closed, but still standing… I learned that the bus Rosa Parks was on was actually stopped in front of this theater when the police were called to arrest her in 1955. After I had seen and photographed it, the theater was torn down. The Rosa Parks Library and Museum now stands on the site.”

    Robert Cottingham
    November 2010

    New York, February 2011 – A famous movie theater in Montgomery, Alabama, the site where Rosa Parks started the Civil Rights Movement, is the subject of an exhibition of new work by Robert Cottingham at Forum Gallery from February 24 through April 9, 2011. Empire will focus on nine paintings and drawings from 2008-2010, depicting the theater’s marquee in oil, watercolor, gouache and graphite. Many of the paintings are monumental in size, which intensify their dramatic effect as they salute a bygone era.

    Robert Cottingham is known for imagery that celebrates the history of communications in America, specifically signage on urban storefronts, iconic communication devices such as vintage typewriters and cameras, and signs on railroad cars. The Empire series is an exploration of urban history, and the exhibition is an examination of the Artist’s consistent process. In 2008, Cottingham was asked by Lincoln Center to create an image for the anniversary of their Film Festival. Looking for a topic that would inspire him, Cottingham found the photos of the Empire Theater he had taken 12 years before. The subject of the search, the history of the place, the meaning of the word and the look of the theater came together for him.

    Like Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist, Cottingham emerged from an advertising background. Together with Richard Estes and Chuck Close, Cottingham is considered to be one of the most important of the seminal photorealist artists.

    Robert Cottingham lives and works in Western Connecticut. He was born in Brooklyn and educated at the Pratt Institute. His paintings and drawings are collected on an international level; his work is in the collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Sentra Museum, Berardo Collection, Lisbon, Portugal, and Boymans-von Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands, among others. Cottingham’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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    An opening reception for the artist will be held on February 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery’s new location at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire collection can be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason.

    For more information, please contact:
    Nicole Straus at 631-369-2188 or nicole@nicolestrauspr.com
    Margery Newman at 212-475-0252 or MargeryNewman@aol.com
    Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or Erica@forumgallery.com

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    FORUM GALLERY TO PRESENT
    BRIAN RUTENBERG: LOW DENSE
    JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 19, 2011

    “I am obsessed with building pictorial space though stacks of color like playing cards scattered out on a table.” – Brian Rutenberg

    New York – An exhibition of new work by Brian Rutenberg entitled Low Dense will be on view at Forum Gallery from January 13 – February 19, 2011. Saturated with layer upon layer of thick multicolored paint, the 14 exuberant abstract paintings pulsate as hyper-charged geometric shapes surge across the canvas.

    In his new body of work, Rutenberg is influenced by European, British, and American art history. He integrates his longtime interest in Cubism with his admiration of English painting – from Thomas Gainsborough through Francis Bacon – to evoke a heightened sense of awareness on the part of the viewer. The large blocky eyefuls of intense color are also inspired by the jazz-influenced paintings of Stuart Davis.

    Applying thick layers of paint using a range of tools from small knives to book-sized planks of cardboard, Rutenberg shows a love of the gesture, immersion in process, obsession, longing, and a deep love of color. Years ago, he learned that Gainsborough applied paint using the equivalent of salad tongs – dipping sponges into pots of paint then onto the canvas to map out generous dark masses on his canvases. Rutenberg begins his paintings this way.

    Growing up in a resort town in South Carolina, Rutenberg recalls “being infatuated with the percussive flashing of candy-colored light bulbs in the seaside amusement parks and arcades of my youth” and the visual poetry of nature. “The power of color still mystifies me: it creates space where there was none, stirs memory and emotion without narrative, and most of all invites us to slow down and see,” he notes.

    Brian Rutenberg (born 1965) lives and works in New York City. His work can be found at the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC: Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; and Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; among others. Included in his many accolades, Rutenberg is the recipient of a 1997 Fulbright Scholarship and a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting. His work was the subject of a ten-year retrospective exhibition at the Butler Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH, and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions through the country.

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    An opening reception with the artist will be held on January 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery’s new location at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire collection can be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason.

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    FORUM GALLERY PRESENTS
    Linden Frederick: Night Neighbors
    November 23, 2010 – January 8, 2011

    New York, November 2010 – New paintings by Linden Frederick will be on view at Forum Gallery from November 23, 2010 through January 8, 2011. Linden Frederick: Night Neighbors will present 12 paintings depicting luminous rural American scenes at night.

    Linden Frederick’s paintings in Night Neighbors often seem to set the stage for mysterious psychological narratives. Based on twilight scenes in Belfast, Maine, where Frederick lives and works, the exhibition recalls the stillness and loneliness of Edward Hopper, with whom he is often compared. A theatrical aspect to the work – whereby a human presence is evoked but not revealed – offers a powerful twist to the subject matter. The paintings were inspired by thoughts that the artist had when he and his wife were working on their unfinished home in upstate New York years ago. Frederick recalls “driving past finished homes at night as the lights were coming on and feeling filled with a sense of longing.”

    “They touch the part of us that exists on the outside looking in. He paints what is. He doesn’t pretty things up, but he doesn’t have to: He finds beauty in the ordinary, familiar, and lost,” writes New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice in her essay for the exhibition.

    Among the highlights in Night Neighbors are Next Door, 2009, which serves as a defining picture for the show. In depicting the relationship between two neighboring homes separated by a telephone pole, the artist seems to wonder how people spend their entire lives living closely to each other. In Midnight, 2010, Frederick has painted the house next door to his, capturing both the solitude of the dwelling surrounded by darkness as well as the humanity suggested by the light from the interior.

    The lowly mobile home takes on a profound quality in Trio, 2010. Reminiscent of a circle of covered wagons, the three dwellings at twilight appear to have an animated presence, watching something outside of the picture plane. A painting showing a simple building in a parking lot, VFW, 2009, evokes pathos as darkness falls on a Veterans of Foreign Wars building with a neon beer sign glowing from the second-story window.

    In addition to the 12 paintings, the exhibition will also include 23 of Frederick’s studies for the paintings.

    Work by Linden Frederick has been seen in exhibitions recently at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME; the Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA; and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME.

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    An opening reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, November 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery’s new location at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire collection can be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason.
    For more information, please contact Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or erica@forumgallery.com.

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    Alan Magee: In Sight
    October 21- November 20, 2010
    At New Gallery Space in the Historic Crown Building

    September 2010 – Recent work by Alan Magee, known as one of the most accomplished and imaginative figurative painters working today, will be on view at Forum Gallery from October 22 to November 20, 2010. Alan Magee: In Sight will mark Forum Gallery’s first exhibition in its new location in the historic Crown Building, 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, New York City, where The Museum of Modern Art opened its first gallery in 1929. Celebrating the exhibition and the new space, an opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, October 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    In the artist’s tenth anniversary year at Forum Gallery, Alan Magee: In Sight will include 18 paintings as well as eight sculptures. Among the highlights of the exhibition are astonishing trompe l’oeil paintings which honor three of the artist’s heroes: Herr Friedrich, 2010, depicts Ernst Friedrich (1894-1967) who founded the Anti-Kriegsmuseum (Anti-War Museum) in Berlin in 1924 and wrote War Against War, a book published in five languages that documents, with explicit photography, the horrors of the battlefield; the museum was closed by the Nazis and Friedrich was imprisoned in 1933.

    The German Lutheran pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), inspired Reading Bonhoeffer, 2010, an elegy to a man who had a deep understanding of Christianity’s role in the secular world. The pastor bravely assisted members of the German Military Intelligence and was executed by the regime for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

    Tante Käthe (Mitbringsel), 2010, represents an imaginary journey back in time. If the German socialist, pacifist and artist, Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) invited Magee to her home, what would he bring in the way of a small house gift (Mitbringsel)? Magee’s painting pays tribute to Kollwitz, whose graphic and sculptural expressions of empathy are, in his view, “unsurpassed in modern art. These three caught my attention and all of them in some way showed moral courage: their lives and careers were jeopardized,” explains Magee, who has traveled extensively in Germany.

    In the early 1980s, Magee saw the work of the Quay brothers, friends from the Philadelphia College of Art, who are now well known as stop-motion animators. “What stuck was the making of the figures,” Magee notes. His sculpture, Der Künstler, 2009, which uses found objects that take on a life of their own, can be traced back to the artist’s interest in animation and is “in effect a portrait of the artist,” as Ronald R. Bernier notes in his essay about the exhibition. Other sculptures reference art history from late Gothic wood carvings to Modernism’s relationship to African art.

    Bernier notes, “There is an astute crossing of boundaries here between history and art, fact and fiction, what literature folk refer to as ’metafiction.’ That will do as a useful descriptor, one that suggests a discourse, an art, like Magee’s, which places itself on the borderline between fiction and criticism, between art and life, between representation and history – a self-consciousness of the artifice of art…”

    Work by Alan Magee has been the subject of six monographs and can be seen in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Columbus Museum of Art; The Arkansas Art Center and many others.

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    An opening reception for with the artist will be held on Thursday, October 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery’s new space at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The entire collection can be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason.

    For more information, please contact Erica Berkowitz at 212-355-4545 or Erica@forumgallery.com.

    March 5, 2009, New York, NY–ÂSteven Assael, the New York artist hailed byÂThe Art Newspaper as “the foremost figurative painter of his generation”, will exhibit his latest paintings and drawings at Forum Gallery, New York, from March 19 to May 2, 2009. The exhibition, Assael’s seventh since joining the Gallery in 1998, focuses on public and private aspects of urban life and explores issues of intimacy, gender and personal identity. The portraits and narratives the artist paints touch on contact, isolation, sexuality and the journey through life.

    In the paintings,ÂSteven Assael employs his unique, characteristic sense of light and shadow to illuminate the characters and lives of his subjects. A featured painting,ÂCrowd #1, 2009, oil on canvas, 72″ x 96″, was exhibited by Forum Gallery atÂThe Armory Show Modern (New York, March 5-9) to preview the forthcoming exhibition. In this major work, Assael leaves specific location and narrative to the viewer. He shows a crowd of infinite number and depth, people to whom we relate but who do not relate to each other, no matter how close the gathering.

    The drawings are striking in their detail and accuracy, always used in the interest and exploration of intimate moments of introspection. All of the drawings and paintings in the exhibition have been created since 2006.

    Steven Assael’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at museums from Chattanooga to Seattle and at galleries throughout the United States. Works have been chosen for curated group exhibitions at the Naples Museum of Art, FL; the Arkansas Art Center, the Evansville Museum, IN; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; among many. Paintings and drawings can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Kansas City; The Columbus Museum, GA; and many other museum and distinguished private collections.

    An opening reception with the artist will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57thÂStreet, Fifth Floor. The exhibition continues through Saturday, May 2, 2009. A full color catalogue, with essay by Anna F. Burgess, is available, $25.00 ppd. The entire exhibition may be viewed online at www.forumgallery.com/currentseason. For more information please contact the Gallery.