steven harvey fine arts project
artistname
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Untitled (Waterworks), c1950's
Watercolor on paper, 7 1/4 x 9 7/8 in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Fairmount Waterworks, 199
Oil on paper mounted on board, 6 5/8 x 4 7/8 in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Demolition of Reading Railroad Bridge, Site of New Convention Center, From PAFA, 13th and Cherry Sts., mid 1980’s
Oil on paper mounted on panel, 6 3/8 x 7 3/8 in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Study: Philadelphia Rooftops, C. 1950s
Oil on wood, 7 1/8 x 9 ½ in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Untitled (Factory Building , Manayunk),, c.1986
Oil on paper laid down, 6 ½ x 9 7/8 in
Stuart Shils Stuart Shils
Roxborough Rowhouses with Sun and Snow, 2009
Oil on paper, 11 ¾ x 13 ½ in
remenickSeymour Remenick
Unt. St.John's and Warehouse, c.1986
Oil on paper laid down, 8 7/8 x 12 ¼ in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
West Side Rooftops with Water Towers, 2008
Oil on linen, 15 x 26 ½ in (diptych)
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Pale Grass With Old House, Strawberry Mansion, Fairmount Park, 1995
Oil on paper mounted on board, 9 x 11 7/8 in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Unt. (Road), c. 1970s
Oil on panel, 12 x 14 in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Untitled (House on Silverwood Street with St. John’s), c. 1970s
Oil on panel, 11 7/8 x 15 7/8 in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Backyards With Tree Trunk, 1991
Oil on panel, 11 ½ x 11 ½ in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Rooftop, Philadelphia, c.1955
Oil on wood, 7 7/8 x 6 7/8 in
•Sold/private collection in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Unt. (Green Lane Railroad Bridge, Manayunk), 1980s
Oil on paper laid down, 10 3/8 x 14 ½ in
•sold/private collection
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Factory Building with Trees, 1980s
Oil on paper, 8 3/4 x 13 1/4 in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Holy Family Church, Manayunk Hillside, 1987
Oil on paper mounted on panel, 7 ¼ x 9 in
Seymour Remenick Seymour Remenick
Green Lane RR Bridge through the Trees, 1980s
Oil on paper, 9 ½ x 14 in
Stuart Shils Stuart Shils
Spring in Fairmount Park, 1987
Oil on paper mounted on board, 7 x 10 3/8 in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Trees (Fairmount Park), 1967
Oil on panel, 9 ½ x 10 ½ in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Dark Trees, Pastorious Park, 1989
Oil on paper mounted on board, 7 ¾ x 6 7/8 in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Trees Around An Old House Near the West River Drive, 1987
Oil on paper mounted on panel, 7 3/8 x 9 1/8 in
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
River with Old Shipping Docks, c.1988
Oil on paper
*Private collection in
Seymour RemenickSeymour Remenick
Unt (Gloucester Harbor), 1970s
Oil on panel, 12 x 16 in

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Pairings: Seymour Remenick, Stuart Shils

Review by Lance Espund
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects at Gallery Schlesinger
24 E. 73rd St.
Through Oct. 17

Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, which began two years ago in Mr. Harvey's apartment and has exhibited work in several spaces in the city, is the type of gallery—small, specialized and mobile—that we'll probably be seeing more of in the coming years. Mr. Harvey, formerly a director at the Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, is building a stable of living artists and artists' estates, many of them not household names. He is approaching gallery directing as a hands-on labor of love.

One of his current projects is a two-person exhibition of small plein-air landscapes by the relatively unknown Seymour Remenick (1923-1999) and his well-known student Stuart Shils (b. 1954). Most were painted in and around Philadelphia, sometimes side by side. Mr. Shils is represented here with paintings from the 1980s through 2009. His mature works—the pared-down landscapes built up out of broad planes of impastoed color—have always struck me as a little vague and impersonal. But Mr. Shils's roots are in Remenick, and his most satisfying paintings are earlier. The best of them, including the charming "River with Old Shipping Docks" (c. 1988), exude a sweet light and an economy reminiscent of Albert Marquet's water views. Remenick—with landscapes from the 1950s through the 1980s, on view here—steals the show. He channels qualities of Corot, Constable and the Dutch masters in a brushy, old-world, oil-sketch approach to nature that is uniquely, genuinely Romantic.

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