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News: NEWS | Eric Dever on View at US Embassy in Helsinki, February 21, 2024 - Staff Writer for 27east

NEWS | Eric Dever on View at US Embassy in Helsinki

February 21, 2024 - Staff Writer for 27east

As part of the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies program, paintings by East End artist Eric Dever are on view in the embassy residence of Ambassador Douglas Thomas Hickey in Helsinki, Finland. Curated by Camille Benton, the exhibition also includes work by Roy Lichtenstein, Gifford Beal, Jessica Snow, Mary Heebner and Pamela DeTuncq.

The Helsinki exhibition features Dever’s mural scaled, oil on canvas diptych, titled “October 10th” (2016), on loan through 2024. Dever’s self-identification with nature is echoed in his sampling of colorful morning glory blossoms which form the scaffolding of this painting. The blossoms were found within a 3.6 mile radius of Dever’s Water Mill studio garden and echo the distance and collection of pollen by bees whose hives are tended by beekeeper Francis Schiavoni. Dever’s oeuvre embraces both materiality, craftsmanship and a history of shared growth between the artist, his garden and painting.

These paintings are part of a larger body of work, paintings first exhibited by Berry Campbell, New York. Additional Dever paintings are part of notable public collections including the Parrish Art Museum, Grey Gallery/New York University Art Collection, Guild Hall Museum and the Heckscher Museum.

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News: ON VIEW | Beverley McIver at North Carolina Museum of Art, February 14, 2024

ON VIEW | Beverley McIver at North Carolina Museum of Art

February 14, 2024

Beverley McIver, Truly Grateful, 2011, oil on canvas, North Carolina Museum of Art, Gift in memory of Janet Martin Lampkin, former member of the executive committee of the Friends of African and African American Art

BEVERLY MCIVER (b. 1962)

A notable presence in American contemporary art, Beverly McIver has charted new directions as a Black female artist. With breathtaking honesty and virtuoso painting, her works tackle difficult themes about the human condition such as depression, racism, poverty, disability, and death. A recent article in Forbes compared her works both to “Frida Kahlo’s heart wrenching self-portraits,” and the “publicly exposed raw autobiography with the likes of Sylvia Plath poetry.” She has received numerous awards and honors and has been the subject of eleven museum exhibitions.

Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, McIver grew up in a single-parent household. Her mother worked tirelessly to make ends meet to support McIver and two sisters, one of which, Renee, has developmental disabilities. Despite these challenges, McIver pursued her artistic inquiry through her education, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Pennsylvania State University. Her artistic journey serves as a testament to her perseverance and the complexities that shape her identity such as stereotyping, self-acceptance, family, otherness, illness, death and, ultimately, freedom to express one’s individuality.

See more works by Beverley McIver: https://www.berrycampbell.com/artist/Beverly_McIver/works/

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News: NEWS | Susan Vecsey Spring 2024 Artist-in-Residence at La Maison de Simon, February 14, 2024

NEWS | Susan Vecsey Spring 2024 Artist-in-Residence at La Maison de Simon

February 14, 2024

Susan Vecsey

2024 UPCOMING ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE • PAINTER

Working between New York City and East Hampton, artist Susan Vecsey delicately weaves influences from Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. In her virtuoso manipulations of color, form, and space within poetic compositions, Susan Vecsey masterfully crafts an emotional experience.

In exploring nature’s abstract elements, Susan Vecsey’s paintings, a poetic fusion of geometric abstraction and minimalist landscapes, go beyond an intelligent reading of form. Her intentional play with perception allows each observer to project their own reflections onto the canvas where simplicity and abstraction coalesce.

During her residency at La Maison de Simon, the artist will work on a smaller series offering an intimate exploration of her work.

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News: ARTICLE | Berry Campbell featured in PATRON, February 14, 2024 - Terri Provencal for PATRON

ARTICLE | Berry Campbell featured in PATRON

February 14, 2024 - Terri Provencal for PATRON

"I always look forward to seeing the paintings brought by Berry Campbell, which represents the estates of historical female artists. I am inspired by Alice Baberwho organized exhibitions of women artists, Including Color Forum fo 1972 at the University of Texas in Austin." - Catalina Gonzalez Jorba (Collector and Founder of Dondolo)

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News: PODCAST | Artist Mike Solomon on Art and Childhood in 1960's and 70's East Hampton, February 13, 2024 - Our Hamptons Podcast

PODCAST | Artist Mike Solomon on Art and Childhood in 1960's and 70's East Hampton

February 13, 2024 - Our Hamptons Podcast

Esperanza and Irwin welcome artist Mike Solomon. Mike had an extraordinary childhood, growing up as the son of Syd and Annie Solomon. Syd was part of the Ab-Ex movement, and while he was a painter of great renown, the salons Annie hosted in her home were legendary. Mike, who is an important painter in his own right, shares the stories of what went on in the East Hampton in 1960's and 70's East Hampton.

LISTEN HERE: https://ourhamptonspodcast.com/

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News: UPCOMING EVENT | SYD SOLOMON: SLOWLY TAKE RISE, February  9, 2024

UPCOMING EVENT | SYD SOLOMON: SLOWLY TAKE RISE

February 9, 2024

Unveiling the Untold Stories

In this captivating talk, Mike Solomon will take us on a chronological journey through the life of his father, Syd Solomon. The narrative will not only unveil the highlights of Syd's remarkable career but also shed light on the transformative impact he had on both Sarasota and East Hampton. This event promises to be more than just an exploration of art; it's a testament to how staying faithful to one's deepest dreams can lead to a fulfilling and influential life.

Join for the rarest evenings as we welcome contemporary artist Mike Solomon, also known as, the son of Syd Solomon, to offer us a never before seen vision of the entirety of his influential father’s life presented through rare photographs, stories and anecdotes that render the journey Syd Solomon took from the coal towns of Pennsylvania into WWII, to the beaches of Siesta Key and the Hamptons art community of the 1950s,  on the way to achieving his artistic aspiration. Meet the charismatic man who counted as friends, such luminaries as Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Elia Kazan, Betty Friedan, John D. Mac Donald, Joy Williams, Phil Guston, Willem de Kooning and many others.  Honored the world over, Syd’s works now grace RCAD’s Lois and David Stulberg Gallery with the exquisite exhibition, Fluid Impressions.  Mike Solomon’s exclusive presentation is a unique rendering of the life and legacy of his very influential father. “Slowly Take Rise” is the title of one of Syd’s paintings and fits the arch of his artistic ascent perfectly, but we urge you to hurry and sign up.

Date : 02/16/2024 (Fri.)
Time : 5:00PM - 7:00PM EST
Location: Lois and David Stulberg Gallery, 1188 Dr M.L.K. Jr Wy, Sarasota, FL 34234
Cost: Free, reservations are required
Reserve Tickets: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4AA9A62DA31-47867560-sydsolomon#/

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News: UPCOMING EXHIBITION: The Rains are Changing Fast: New Acquisitions in Context., February  8, 2024

UPCOMING EXHIBITION: The Rains are Changing Fast: New Acquisitions in Context.

February 8, 2024

Eric Dever, Moorland, 2020, oil on canvas, 30 x36 in, The Heckscher Museum of Art

The Heckscher Museum of Art
THE RAINS ARE CHANGING FAST: NEW ACQUISITIONS IN CONTEXT

March 23, 2024 - September 1, 2024

The Rains are Changing Fast highlights artwork recently acquired by The Heckscher Museum of Art alongside a selection of key works long held in the Museums collection. For over a century, the Heckscher has been collecting and presenting art that explores the landscapes and social issues of its place and time. This exhibition, which takes its title from a 2021 video by Christine Sciulli, features new and beloved works of art that together reveal the diverse ways in which artists contend with environmental and cultural change. Created over a span of 175 years by 39 artists, the works are united by shared engagements with landscape, allegory, and abstraction. Some, like Richard MayhewPescadero (2014) or George InnessThe Pasture, Durham, Connecticut (c. 1879), present luminous, if precarious, visions of the American landscape. Others, including Deborah BuckThey Had Stars in Their Eyes (2020) and Dorothy DehnerLandscape (1976), employ modes of abstraction that speak to issues of gender and materiality. The resulting visual conversations emphasize the Museums ongoing commitment to social concerns, environmental issues, and Long Islands diverse communities.

 

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News: EXHIBITION | Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 - 1970, February  7, 2024

EXHIBITION | Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 - 1970

February 7, 2024

Turner Contemporary
Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 - 1970

Saturday 3 February – Monday 6 May 2024
Guest curated by Dr Flavia Frigeri.

This spring, Turner Contemporary will present Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 – 1970, a group exhibition presenting abstraction as a radical global language shared by women artists in the twenty years following World War II. Guest curated by Dr Flavia Frigeri, the exhibition will bring together the works of more than 50 artists to examine how, through abstract forms, materials and modes, women pushed the boundaries of artmaking while tackling seismic cultural, social and political shifts. Comprising over 80 artworks, predominantly sculpture, the exhibition will trace how the language of abstraction developed on a global scale.

Beyond Form will re-evaluate how art, gender and the act of making intersected in the post-WWII period, when men often eclipsed women’s artistic contributions. It will highlight the pioneering efforts of women artists in the development of abstraction, asserting their vital role in the discourse of the times.

In the 1950s and 1960s, women actively resisted the pressure to return to domestic roles, instead capitalising on their substantial wartime work experiences. By embracing abstraction, these artists leveraged a form of expression that resonated with the era’s proto-feminist sentiments. Through employing techniques like hanging, stacking and weaving they subverted established art-craft hierarchies and challenged entrenched gender norms. Their innovative use of sculptural materials allowed them to investigate critical social topics and explore themes concerning the human form, political discourse and more. 

Looking beyond the Western canon, Beyond Form will present abstraction as a constellation of interconnected stories. It will celebrate artists from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, positioning them as central figures in the history of abstraction and will bring to light many works that have previously gone unseen.

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