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News: Art Fix Daily: Exhibition of paintings by Abstract Expressionist painter Judith Godwin opens at Berry Campbell Gallery, February 19, 2019 - Art Fix Daily

Art Fix Daily: Exhibition of paintings by Abstract Expressionist painter Judith Godwin opens at Berry Campbell Gallery

February 19, 2019 - Art Fix Daily

NEW YORK, NY.- Berry Campbell Gallery opened an important exhibition of paintings by legendary Abstract Expressionist painter, Judith Godwin. This historic exhibition is a survey of sixteen paintings, including several large-scale examples from the 1950s originally shown at the Betty Parsons Gallery. This exhibition is accompanied by a sixteen-page catalogue with an essay written by Gwen Chanzit, Ph.D., Curator Emerita of Modern Art and Curator of Women of Abstract Expressionism (2016) originated by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition continues through March 16, 2019. 

From 1950, when she first exhibited her work to the present, Godwin has held to her convictions, using a language of abstract form to respond with unbowed directness and passion to life and nature. For Judith Godwin, painting “is an act of freedom and a realization that images generated by the female experience can be a powerful and creative expression for all humanity.” Through her studies with Hans Hofmann, her long association with Martha Graham and Graham’s expressive dance movements, her participation in the early burgeoning of Abstract Expressionism, and her love for Zen Buddhism and gardening, Godwin has forged a personal and unique career path. 

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News: Delicious Line Review: Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air, February  9, 2019 - Franklin Einspruch for Delicious Line

Delicious Line Review: Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air

February 9, 2019 - Franklin Einspruch for Delicious Line

Eric Dever's paintings sent me to reread a sestina by Fairfield Porter that opens, "No color isolates itself like blue. / If the lamp's blue shadow equals the yellow / Shadow of the sky, in what way is one / Different from the other? Was he on the verge of a discovery / When he fell into a tulip's bottomless red? / Who is the mysterious and difficult adversary?"

Who indeed. Color theory can be taught. Color phenomenology has to be submitted to as if it were a cruel and mute master. Dever, for four years in the 2000s, restricted his palette entirely to Titanium and Zinc White. That is how the current works at Berry Campbell come into being with such rightness, though his palette since then has burst open like spring.

July 16, Lavender Pilgrimmage (2018) may be the first predominately purple abstract painting I've ever seen that didn't succumb to the hue's clownishness. He accomplished this by adding various whites, including that of the canvas. Much else is at that level or better, including sonorous intonations like April 1st, Hellebores I (2018). May the discovery never end.

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News: The McNay Conjures America’s Golden Age with Exhibition Pairing Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings, February  2, 2019 - Bryan Rindfuss for the San Antonio Current

The McNay Conjures America’s Golden Age with Exhibition Pairing Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings

February 2, 2019 - Bryan Rindfuss for the San Antonio Current

In 2016, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveiled “From the Collection: 1960-1969,” a chronologically organized capsule of its world-renowned permanent collection that went beyond the expected paintings, drawings and sculptures to include books, design objects and archival materials in immersive environments that conjured stylized time capsules. Reporting on that inspired reconfiguration, the New York Times pointed out that “treasures long secreted in departmental galleries have come to the center ring, like the Jaguar E-Type Roadster that dominates, perhaps a little too completely, the 1961 gallery.” 

Borrowing creative direction from MoMA’s 1961 gallery, the McNay takes a similarly unorthodox approach to its new era-focused exhibition “American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings.” Organized by the McNay’s René Paul Barilleaux, head of curatorial affairs; Kate Carey, head of education; and Jackie Edwards, assistant curator, it reconstructs a vivid slice of what’s been called “America’s Golden Age” by parking 10 painstakingly restored vintage automobiles inside the museum to engage in “unique visual conversations” with paintings that exemplify artistic movements that emerged from the economic expansion following WWII — specifically abstract expressionism, pop art and op art. 

In addition to paintings by such heavy hitters as Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana and Ed Ruscha, “American Dreams” strives for “strong representation of women artists” by highlighting works by Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan, Judith Godwin and Dorothy Hood. It also celebrates the contributions of women in the male-dominated auto industry with complementary programs including a lecture by author, Girls Auto Clinic owner and self-professed “sheCANic” Patrice Bank (save the date for April 4). 

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News: Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air featured in NYC-Arts Top Five Picks, February  1, 2019 - NYC-Arts

Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air featured in NYC-Arts Top Five Picks

February 1, 2019 - NYC-Arts

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include “The Art of Fashion,” “Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air,” “Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs,” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

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"Eric Dever | Painting in a House Made of Air" VR Tour with Eazel

January 30, 2019 - Eazel

Click here to Experience Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air as a VR walking tour thanks to Eazel!

 

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News: A Love of Crushed Pigment and Hard Work: Eric Dever (MA ’88) on His Artistic Process, January 22, 2019 - NYU | Steinhardt News

A Love of Crushed Pigment and Hard Work: Eric Dever (MA ’88) on His Artistic Process

January 22, 2019 - NYU | Steinhardt News

Eric Dever (MA ’88) is a painter who graduated from NYU Steinhardt’s studio art program.

His paintings are part of notable public collections at the Parrish Art Museum, Grey Art Gallery-New York University Art Collection, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York, and Centre d’Art et de Culture, Saint Just de Bellengard, France. He was in the permanent collection exhibition, Parrish Perspectives: Art in Context at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, and on display at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. Current exhibitions include the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong, and Macau, Art in Embassies, Department of State exhibition.

Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air is on view this month at Berry Campbell Gallery in New York City. The exhibit features a new body of brilliantly hued, large-scale paintings, which emerged when Dever was planting a garden at his Water Mill, New York, studio.

We spoke to him about his artistic process.

You paint in New York City and the East End of Long Island.  How do these locales influence your work?

My painting during graduate school, 1986-88, was influenced by urban landscape and physical forms of civilization. New to town from Los Angeles, I spent a lot of time in museums and was fascinated walking around the city and boroughs. My paintings were often elegiac; the AIDS crisis concerned everyone. The city was very exciting, one had the sense that anything could happen, and each day held life changing possibilities.

Since 2003, I have worked on the East End of Long Island. It is always exciting to move to a new place and my paintings reflected this change. I began with sampled color from a new landscape, but soon moved towards a more personal experience which space and contemplation seemed to permit.

Working with just white paint for four years gave me a heightened awareness of my material. Canvas, linen, paint media—painting itself became the subject of my work. The addition of black and red corresponded over time with an increasing awareness of the subtle qualities of ‘Clarity, Passion and Dark Inertia’ (exhibition NYU Kimmel Galleries, 2015), or the 3 gunasa key aspect of yogic studies, and a means of interpreting nature itself.

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News: Eric Dever Dives into Color & Unveils a New Series of Paintings, January 19, 2019 - Pat Rogers for Hamtons ArtHub

Eric Dever Dives into Color & Unveils a New Series of Paintings

January 19, 2019 - Pat Rogers for Hamtons ArtHub

Neon pinks, lush greens, vibrant purples and a variety of orange hues enliven vibrant abstract compositions with direct ties to nature. These colorful paintings that seem to capture spontaneous moments are part of a new body of work by artist Eric Dever. Surprised? Hold on because there's more.

In a groundbreaking departure, Eric Dever has let go of his controlled use of limited color palettes and tight grids to embrace the entire color spectrum and loose shapes that seem to capture a joy that's both quiet and profound. Historically, Dever has slowly been opening his art to color after a period of four years where he worked in white only (Zinc and Titanium White). During this time, Dever discovered the possibilities of the spectrum of white as well as the textural interactions of raw linen, canvas and burlap with paint.

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Color Unabashed in Eric Dever’s New Show in Chelsea

January 17, 2019 - Jennifer Landes for The East Hampton Star

Eric Dever’s recent paintings literally take over Berry Campbell’s Chelsea space. They hang prolifically and fervently on the white walls, bringing the intense hues of spring and summer into the rooms and warming a cold and wind-blown morning.

The show, titled “Painting in a House Made of Air,” comes alive with the artist’s unabashed use of saturated, matte, electric, and often acid color. The paintings offer scattered references to Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and even Andy Warhol.

The works on view build on a transformation of the artist’s practice noted in The Star in April of 2017. Before a major illness, Mr. Dever had painted the same way for more than 10 years, choosing a limited square format and a palette consisting of white, black, and red in different combinations at different intervals.

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News: Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air - The Art Scene: 01.10.19, January 12, 2019 - Mark Segal for The East Hampton Star

Eric Dever: Painting in a House Made of Air - The Art Scene: 01.10.19

January 12, 2019 - Mark Segal for The East Hampton Star

Eric Dever in Chelsea

“Painting in a House Made of Air,” an exhibition of new large-scale paintings by Eric Dever, will open this evening at the Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea with a reception from 6 to 8 and remain on view through Feb. 9. For more than a decade, the painter used a limited palette, but in recent work he has embraced the entire color spectrum. 

The shift in Mr. Dever’s art occurred when a move from square to rectangular formats loosened up his compositions, as “there was no longer a central area of interest, but multiple areas of concentration.” He has coupled his new palette with an awareness of the yogic notion of the charkas — seven energetic centers in the human body where matter and consciousness meet — in which he finds a parallel to the visible spectrum. Mr. Dever lives and works in Water Mill.

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