• News

    Beverly Pepper Elected as a National Academician 

    Marlborough Gallery is pleased to announce that Beverly Pepper has been elected as a National Academician. The National Academy was founded in 1825 to encourage the development of visual art in America through education and exhibition. Each year, vanguards in the field of art and architecture are granted membership through the nomination of current Academicians. Pepper, known for her pioneering large-scale, site specific works, was nominated by fellow sculptor Judith Shea. Membership places Pepper in the same company as Chuck Close, Maya Lin, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Gehry, and many of the most influential American artists and architects of the past two hundred years.  The 2011 National Academician Elects include Christo, Lynda Benglis, Elizabeth Diller & Ricardo Scofido, and James Turrell.

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    Summary: Artist Beverly Pepper has been elected as a National Academician

  • News

    Monumental Valdés Sculpture to Be Installed at 900 Park Avenue 

    We are pleased to announce that Dama a caballo V, a monumental bronze sculpture by the Spanish artist Manolo Valdés, will be installed in front of 900 Park Avenue and will be on view through 2014.

    Valdés’ iconic sculpture Dama a caballo V was inspired by the mid-seventeenth century equestrian portraits by Diego Velázquez, particularly that of Isabel de Borbón, the Queen of Spain from 1621-1644. The imagery of the equestrian portrait is a theme Valdés has recently begun addressing in both his three dimensional works and paintings. In this sculpture Valdés creates a roughly textured, unfinished appearance with the bronze, evoking the unrefined materials of “primitive” art, yet still manages to impart the regality of the subject.

    In New York, Dama a caballo V, along with fifteen other sculptures, was exhibited on Broadway in 2010-2011.

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    Summary: Valdés’ sculpture Dama a caballo V will grace the front entrance outside of 900 Park Avenue

  • News

    Claudio Bravo, 1936 - 2011 

    It is with great sadness that Marlborough Gallery announces the passing of the Chilean artist, Claudio Bravo. Bravo died at 74 on June 4th at his home in Taroudant, Morocco. He died from complications of epilepsy.

    Bravo was recognized internationally as one of the world’s great artists for his mastery of a realist style. Although often referred to as “hyperrealist” Bravo’s style was, in truth, a modern, classical extension of the late Renaissance masters whom he studied and revered. He had a particular love for the 17th century Spanish painter, Zurbaran. Bravo once said, “If I had to choose an age into which I’d fit, it would have to be the 17th century. During that time artists copied nature in a conceptual way. They transformed the reality of their time as I try to transform the reality of ours.” While Bravo’s technical mastery allowed him to capture a wide range of subject matter including portraiture, landscape, animals, and flowers, he was perhaps best known for his work in still life which extended to working with subjects of the utmost simplicity such as his paintings of packages, drapery, and papers. Bravo once said that if one removed all the drapery from the paintings in the Louvre there would be very little left.  He had the uncanny ability of transforming these simple subjects into a powerful visual presence that conveyed a mystic aura. In his review of Bravo’s show of draped cloth at Marlborough in 2000, Ken Johnson of The New York Times wrote, “One feels a tantalizing mix of the spiritual and the sensual…The pictures have a vivid Modernist formal presence. The edge-to-edge fabric and the allover flickering of light and shadow create an almost abstract frontality, while color becomes an end it itself…. Indeed, you could think of this work not as realism but as a kind of soulfully enriched Color Field painting.” Aside from his paintings Bravo was a master draughtsman and continued to draw throughout his career. In the medium of pastel he was without peer, and, in fact, in realist art one would have to go back to the 18th century to find his equal. One could say that in all Bravo’s work regardless of medium or subject the underlying focus of the work was on light and through it the expression of elegance and simplicity. Bravo said, “I am a realist but my pictures transcend reality.”

    Bravo was born in Valparaiso, Chile in 1936. He was the second of seven children. He attended a Jesuit school in Santiago and briefly studied art. Bravo was largely self- taught. He had his first solo show in Santiago at the age of eighteen and became a sought-after portrait painter.  He left for Europe in 1961 and settled in Madrid where his portraiture met with great success. In 1972 he decided to move to Tangier where he freed himself from earning his living as a portrait artist and was able develop his art. He remained in Morocco for the rest of his life.  He had his first show in New York in 1970 at the Staempfli Gallery. In 1981 he joined Marlborough Gallery where he had seventeen solo exhibitions. His last show with Marlborough was at its Chelsea space in 2010.

    Highlights of Bravo’s career include the following: he represented Chile in the 2007 Venice Biennale. Exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterey, Mexico (2007), Chateau Chenonceau (2005), Musee du Monde Arabe, Paris (2004). Two retropectives: at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison Wisconsin (1987-88) which travelled to the Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX and Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC; and at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (1994). Click through to view work by Claudio Bravo.

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    Summary: Claudio Bravo has passed away at the age of 74 on June 4th at his home in Taroudant, Morocco.

  • News

    Stephen Talasnik at the Katonah Museum of Art 

    Jun 05 2011 - Sep 18 2011

    Marlborough Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Elusive Landscape, a solo exhibition of work by Stephen Talasnik at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY.  The show will be on view from Sunday, June 5th through September 18th and is presented concurrently with Double Solitaire: The Surreal Works of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy. Draftsman and sculptor Stephen Talasnik creates intricate fantastical structures, inspired, in part, by the work of Surrealist artists. Elusive Landscape presents a selection of recent pencil and ink drawings with intensely worked surfaces.

    Please click here for more details.

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    Summary: "Elusive Landscape" on view at the Katonah Museum of Art until September 18, 2011

  • New York

    Constructivists : Kenneth Snelson and George Rickey, Installation views 


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    Summary: Constructivists: Kenneth Snelson and George Rickey, Marlborough Gallery, April 28 - May 28, 2011

  • News

    R.B. Kitaj show at LACMA 

    Dec 10 2010 - Jul 04 2011

    R.B. Kitaj, an ardent bibliophile, is featured at LACMA where, as stated in ARTFORUM's picks: "His self-professed bibliomania led to the portfolio titled In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part, 1969, for which photographs of the covers of fifty books from his library were enlarged into screenprints, forming a winsome index of idiosyncratic design, typography, and illustration."

    Click here for the full article.

    For more work by R.B. Kitaj, click here.

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    Summary: R.B. Kitaj screenprints of books featured at LACMA through July 4, 2011. 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

  • News

    Gallery Night on 57th Street 

    Marlborough Gallery, along with 40 other galleries on 57th Street in New York City, are pleased to announce they will remain open to the public on Thursday, April 28, until 8 p.m. for a special Gallery Night on 57th Street event.

    The opening reception for Constructivists: George Rickey and Kenneth Snelson will be held that evening until 8 p.m at Marlborough Gallery.  The exhibition will continue through May 28th.

    The opening reception for Robert Motherwell: Prints from the 1970s will also be held that evening until 8 p.m. in Marlborough Graphics. The exhibition will continue through May 28th.

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    Summary: Thursday, April 28, Marlborough Gallery will be open until 8 p.m. for a special Gallery Night on 57th Street event

  • News

    Slonem's Paintings at Swifty's Restaurant 

    Hunt Slonem’s works will be on view at Swifty’s, located on Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side, through April 2011.

    All created with oil paint on a wood panel or on canvas, the paintings range in size from an intimate 10 x 8 inches, such as in Blue Thrush, to a more imposing 32 x 47 inches, as in Cockatoos. The works feature his well-known birds, butterflies and rabbits, as well 3 portraits. One portrait features Jaqueline Stone with Slonem’s own parrot, Oliver.

    The distinctive fields of repeated natural forms overlaid with his idiomatic sgraffito grids create an overall effect of luxuriousness and calm, effervescence and meditation. His paintings, with their focus on the natural world, suggest that these creatures are our connection to innocence and freshness. Birds and butterflies link heaven to earth through their flight, and bunnies have long been a symbol of guiltlessness and rebirth.

    All of the frames are American period pieces from the mid to late nineteenth century. Collecting these storied objects is a passion for Slonem, and he finds them during his many travels throughout the U.S.

    To see more works by Hunt Slonem please click here


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    Summary: A selection of Hunt Slonem's works are displayed at Swifty's Restaurant

  • News

    Sculptures by Red Grooms in 7 World Trade Center Lobby 

    These two exuberant polychrome sculptures by Red Grooms, Tango Dancers, 2005 and Swan Lake, 2009, each measuring more than nine feet tall, are part of a series titled Dancing, comprised of five sculptures depicting couples performing the dances Flamenco, Tango, Charleston, Swan Lake and The Lindy Hop. The series made its debut in Grooms’ 2009 exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea.

    Swan Lake was inspired by an image of Igor Youskevitch and Alexandra Danilova, famous dancers of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, performing a pas de deux in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Both dancers have their eyes closed in focused concentration as he supports her transition en pointe.

    Tango Dancers, the first created in this series, derives from Grooms’ 1963 work of the same name. It depicts a suavely attired man as he dips his glamorous female partner who wears a Marcel Wave in her hair.

    Red Grooms grew up in Tennessee with the great musicals of the 1940s and 1950s. Upon his move to New York he frequented the New York City Ballet with his friends, the poet and dance critic, Edwin Denby, and the photographer Rudy Burckhardt.

    Click here to view more works by Red Grooms

     


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    Summary: Installation at 7 World Trade Center

  • News

    More on Otterness in Times Square 

    Mar 03 2011 - Mar 07 2011

    As The Times Square Alliance's outdoor sculpture exhibition continues, coverage from The New York Times, Associated Press, WNYC, NBC, FOX5, Gothamist and many more have been calling attention to the public art, including Tom Otterness' large sculpture; Mouse.

    Sheep Flock to Times Square - The New York Times
    Times Square getting public art installation - Associated Press (Wall Street Journal)
    Public Sculpture Comes to Times Square - WNYC Radio
    10-Foot-Tall Woman Coming to Times Square - NBC New York (online)
    Giant Sheep in Times Square - FOX 5 (online)
    The Sheep Have Arrived In Times Square - Gothamist.com  

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    Summary: Recent press on Otterness' large sculpture Mouse at 46th Street and Broadway