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DON NICE (1932 - 2019)
Painter and Pop Artist Dies at 86
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the New York artist Don Nice. Nice was recognized for his Hudson River scenes, oversized still life images and non-traditional shaped canvases. In 1988, he created a special limited edition print of colorful musical instruments for Lincoln Center titled, Festival Predella. We appreciate his artistic contribution to our community and will miss him greatly.
Facts and Fictions, Curated by Claire Gilman
Terry Winters has said that, as a young man mesmerized by Minimalism, he was led by the desire to draw “away from that blankness and toward developing an imagery that could play a role in my work.” This effort precipitated the atmospheric paintings inspired by scientific illustrations of organic specimens for which he first became known in the early 1980s. The seventy—eight works in this retrospective will follow Winters’s development from that time through the more fully abstract approach that has occupied him since the ’90s, with dense weaves of swirling, crisscrossing lines and scattered blips, and will include more recent drawings that reclaim shapes reminiscent of his earliest phase within the more complex spatial context he’s since developed—what he’s called a “vitalized geometry.”
— Barry Schwabsky, Art Forum
Location: The Drawing Center, 33 Wooster Street, NYC
Dates: April 6 - August 12, 2018
Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave and 7th St, Washington, DC 20560
Dates: March 16th – August 26th, 2018
New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
ROBIN RHODE + VIA ART FUND
New York, NY
The VIA Art Fund, a non-profit philanthropic collective that works directly with artists, curators and cultural institutions to fund and produce a wide range of artistic endeavors, has announced the recipients of its most recent grants. Included on this list is former Vera List Project participant Robin Rhode, who received the grant in order to complete the production of his Performa 15 commission, Erwartung: A Street Opera, this past November. Alongside Rhode, artist Jenny Holzer, New York's High Line Art and the Underground Museum in Los Angeles were awarded grants through VIA. Read more: Artforum, VIA Art Fund
Robin Rhode participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2015 with his edition, Wall of Water, available for sale here.
Above: Image from the performance of Erwartung: A Street Opera. Photo courtesy of Times Square NYC
Ameringer McEnrey Yohe, New York, NY
November 19 - December 23, 2015
Chelsea gallery Ameringer McEnrey Yohe celebrates its exhibition of new paintings by Wolf Kahn. The eighty-eight year old artist, perhaps best known for his paintings of wooded landscapes, meadows and barns, continues his use of memory, imagination and vivid color in his newest paintings. However, his recent body of work reflects a shift away the precision and accuracy of the image, and focuses more on inventive modes of working. The exhibition, which opened November 19th, will remain in the gallery through December 23rd. Read more about the exhibition here.
Wolf Kahn participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2003.
Left: Dark Green Foregrounf Stripe, 2015, Oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ameringer | McEnrey | Yohe.
Times Square, New York, NY
November 7th, 8th, 2015
As part of the performance biennial Performa15, South African artist Robin Rhode transformed the public space of Times Square into an operatic venue. On stage, Rhode's rendition of composer Arnold Schönberg's Ewartung, a one act opera about love, loss, sorrow and grief. For Rhode, the protagonist of Ewartung, preformed by soprano Carole Sidney Louis, echoed the desperation and hardships faced by many South African women after the fall of the Apartheid as men were exiled or left home in search of work. Originally set in a moonlit forest, Rhode draws likeness to the artificially lit, towering space of Times Square, weaving layers of contemporaneity and allegory into an age-old narrative.
Robin Rhode participated in the Ver List Art Project in 2015 with his edition Wall of Water, available here.
Above: Robin Rhode, Arnold Schönberg’s Erwartung, A Performa Commission, 2015. Photo by Paula Court, courtesy of Performa.
Studio Visit with the Paris Review
On the heels of a visit to the Aspen Art Museum to accept the museums prestigious Aspen Award for art, artist Lorna Simpson offers the Paris Review an intimate look at her studio practice. In conversation, Simpson shares her inspiration behind a newer work titles, Moveableness, as well as her consistent use of found photographic imagery and colorful, effusive washes of ink in her process if collage. Coming off of two major exhibitions - the Venice Biennale and a traveling exhibition spanning two years - Simpson talks about her excitement and readjustment upon returning to her home and studio in Brooklyn. Read more about the studio visit in the Paris Review.
Lorna Simpson participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2013 with her edition Double Portrait, available here.
Above: Lorna Simpson. Photo courtesy of Menelik Puryear.
MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
October 11, 2015 - March 7, 2016
Last month MoMA PS1 ushered in its fourth rendition of Greater New York. The exhibition, which has historically surveyed the work of emerging artists living and working within the New York metropolitan area, encompasses emerging and more established artists alike, bringing together 157 artist working in a diverse range of media. Greater New York, which recurs every five years, has seen a tremendous transformation since it's first installment in 2000 as the populace of artists continues to respond to the revolving demands and influences of a city greatly affected by a shifting real estate and commercial art market.
On the impressive exhibition roster, Vera List artists Glenn Ligon and Lorna Simpson were included.
Glenn Ligon participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2004 and Lorna Simpson in 2013. Lorna Simpson's edition Double Portrait is available here.
For more information about the exhibition at MoMA PS1.
SFMoMA, San Francisco
Reopens May, 2016
June of 2013, SFMoMA closed its doors to the public in order to undergo a major expansion. Working with the architecture firm Snøhetta, the expansion will double the museum's previous size and will offer a number of free galleries to the public. One of these free public galleries, Roberts Family Gallery, will house Richard Serra's Sequence. In fact, the massive steel sculpture was the first work to be installed in the new building! Check out a video of the installation here. With the expansion nearing its completion, the museum is set to reopen May 14th, 2016.
Richard Serra participated in the Vera List Art Project in 2010 with his edition Hand Catching Lead, available here.
New York, NY
Earlier this fall, womenswear label, Proenza Schouler, unveiled a Fall-Winter 2015 collection inspired New York School Abstract Expressionism -- namely the revered painter Helen Frankenthaler. While her use of bold color and layering is reflected in the new collection, Frankenthaler's instinctual process-oriented way of working served as a conceptual backbone and informed the process of development for the new designs. Along the runway of the F/W 2015 show hung Frankenthaler's works Freefall and Gateway, after which they visited the label's Soho store where stayed through a week long promotion benefiting the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.
Read more about the collection and its inspiration here.
Helen Frankenthaler participated in the Vera List Art Project a total of eight times, creating the limited editions Aerie, Mary Mary and Solar Imp, and more.
Left: Proenza Schouler's Soho store with Freefall, 1993: 15-color hand-dyed paper and twelve color woodcut on white TGL handmade paper. Photo: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler
The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY
November 5 - December 3, 2015
Opening last Thursday, Alban Berg's classic opera Lulu made a return to the stage in a production at the Met Opera, starring soprano Marlis Petersen and directed by South African artist William Kentridge. Accompanying the opera, Kentridge has created a film using a series of ink, woodcut illustrations shown as a prologue to the performance. The illustrations themselves make visual references to Rorschach's infamous ink blot test as well as Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler and Alban Berg. The series - 68 drawings in total - is projected onto the stage throughout the performance and participates as part of the set.
Left: Drawing for 'Lulu", 2015, Indian ink and red pencil on Shorter Oxford English Dictionary pager, No. 17422. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.