steven harvey fine arts project
gideon bok

 

Milet AndrejevicMilet Andrejevic
Towards Bethesda Fountain,
Oil on canvas, 21 x 26 ½ in
Rosemarie BeckRosemarie Beck
No. 1.,1954
Oil on Linen, 36 x 52 in
Andrea BelagAndrea Belag
Bonding Cerise, 2010
Oil on Canvas, 36 x 30
Andrea BergartAndrea Bergart
Kente 3, 2009
Oil on canvas, 20 x 20
Gandy BrodieGandy Brodie
nest, 1968
oil on wood panel, 10 x 13 1/2 in
Paul DemuroPaul Demuro
XX, 2009
Oil on Burlap, 36 x 53
Jenny DubnauJenny Dubnau
A, Looking Sideways, 2009
Oil on Canvas 38 x 24
John HelikerJohn Heliker
Memory of Rome, 1952
Oil on Board, 19 x 12
Earl KerkamEarl Kerkam
Composition, 1959
Oil on Cardboard, 14 ½ x 11 ½
Mark LijftogtMark Lijftogt
03-03—09
Sangram MajumdarSangram Majumdar
Night-light, 2010
Oil on linen, 28 x 32
Stephanie PierceStephanie Pierce
Untitled,(Window) 2004
Oil on Canvas 14 x 12
Bill RiceBill Rice

Stephanie Sanchez Stephanie Sanchez
Sunset Strip 1991
Oil on panel, 32 x 41
Stuart ShilsStuart Shils
Dense Mists Blown Across Pale Hillside, Morning, 1998
Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel, 10 ¾ x 12 7/8
artistElena Sisto
Harlequin 2002
Oil on Linen, 55 x 36
artistAbraham Storer
Watering Hole, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 44
artistBob Witz
Sea of Glass (dedicated to Eugene Kelin), 1997-02
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50

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Press Release
"Oil and Water"

Coleman Bancroft – 35 e 67 st, 4th flr, nyc 10065
Gallery Schlesinger- 24 e 73 st. #2F, nyc 10021
May 18-June 13, 2010, opening Thursday June 20th, at Gallery Schesinger 4-6pm
and at Coleman Bancroft 6-8pm, gallery hrs: 11-6 tues-fri, 11-5 sat
Organized with John Yau

Fred Bancroft and steven harvey fine art projects present a group exhibition entitled Oil & Water at two galleries. Organized with art critic/poet John Yau the show deals with the visual dialogue between abstraction and representation. In a recent New York Times article critic Roberta Smith argued for the continuing vitality of representation, writing about the “persistent” and “annoying belief” that abstraction and representation are “oil and water never to meet as one.” John Yau writes, “The idea that abstraction developed out of representation, and represented both a historical advance and higher, purer form of art was an ideological construct, rather than an apprehension of a far more complicated situation.” This show deals with this “complicated situation,” exploring fluidities and connections between generations of abstract and representational artists.

In the 1950s a group of New York based painters incorporated the modernist language of abstraction into a new style of painterly figuration. Included here are rare early examples by John Heliker (1909-2000) and Rosemarie Beck (1923-2003) from the mid-fifties, painted as just as these artists were on the cusp of moving from abstraction into their mature representational work. During the 1950s and early 1960s Gandy Brodie (1925-1975) and Earl Kerkam (1890-1965) both maintained an iconic, albeit highly worked representational image at the core of their painting and yet Kerkam was admired by Abstract Expressionists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. Brodie was selected for his first exhibition by Clement Greenberg. While exhibiting at Richard Bellamy’s vanguard Green Gallery Milet Andrejevic (1925-1989) moved from a kind of pop influenced abstraction towards a realist urban pastoral vision of figures outdoors in Central Park. Bill Rice (1932-2006) set his images of young men and women of color lounging near his studio, across from the Men’s Shelter, on East 3rd street, amidst a complex field of washes over the armature of an urban grid. Bob Witz (b.1934) works freely within between abstraction and representation, sometimes in the same painting.

For subsequent generations of painters a dichotomy is far less pronounced. Andrea Belag and Elena Sisto both studied at the New York Studio School in the 1970s where working from life but painting abstractly was the norm. Sisto’s teenage girls and Belag’s abstractions share a suave bravura painterly handling. Stephanie Sanchez and Stuart Shils both emerge from a painterly plein air landscape tradition. Yet this tradition coming out of late Cézanne and Turner embraces a high degree of abstraction. The sunny naturalism of a younger landscape painter Abraham Storer has a ghostly-invented quality that lends his ponds and tents a distinct sense of an abstract void. Andrea Bergart’s geometric abstractions appear to be in the tradition of Mondrian, yet are inspired by the West African textile tradition she absorbed while living and working in Ghana. Paul DeMuro’s abstract paintings with their tufted and scored geometry display the rough handmade quality of tribal weavings. Mark Lijftogt and Jenny Dubnau both employ a highly focused realism on respectively, still lifes and portraits. The precision and intensity of their images underscores the abstract experience of seeing. Sangram Majumdar and Stephanie Pierce both work from life in the studio. Their resulting images of a window, chair or bed may seem abstract divorced as they are, from narrative or context.