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Betty Cuningham Gallery: Thaw - 26 Feb 2011 to 2 Apr 2011

Current Exhibition

26 Feb 2011 to 2 Apr 2011
10AM - 6PM
Betty Cuningham Gallery
541 West 25th street
New York, NY
New York
North America
p: +1 212 242 2772
f: +1 212 242 5959

Rackstraw Downes, A Thaw, 1972, Oil on canvas, 36 3/8 x 80 inches
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Artists in this exhibition: Clytie Alexander, William Bailey, Jake Berthot, Rackstraw Downes, Greg Drasler, Andrew Forge, Charles Garabedian, Judy Glantzman, Gordon Moore, Philip Pearlstein, Mia Westerlund Roosen

THAW: Group show of selected works by gallery artists

2/26/2011 To 4/2/2011

Opening: Saturday, February 26

On Saturday, February 26, Betty Cuningham Gallery will open Thaw, a group show featuring a selection of works by the gallery’s artists. The show will be on view through April 2.

The title of the show, Thaw, is simply a departure point as we enter spring after a cold and snowy winter. It is, however, taken from a 1972 painting featured in the show titled A Thaw, by Rackstraw Downes. This painting is among Downes’ early representational works signifying his departure from abstraction but comes before his strict adherence to on site painting. Along side the Downes will be an early work by Philip Pearlstein, Standing Male, Sitting Female Nudes, from 1969. This painting (another sort of thaw) was shocking at the time as it depicts, in Pearlstein’s characteristically cool, objective manner, a black male nude and a white female nude.

Also featured in the exhibition, there will be: major collaged works on paper from The War Series by Judy Glantzman, all completed in 2010, after seeing Picasso’s Guernica; a felt and resin sculpture, Carmelite II, by Mia Westerlund Roosen which stands in frozen movement; a perforated, aluminum Diaphan by Clytie Alexander; an ice-blue watercolor by Andrew Forge; and Titleless, an eight foot tall abstract painting by Gordon Moore. These works all echo the coldness of winter due to their cool restrained colors and sharp lines.

As “thaw” is a verb as well as a noun, the exhibition moves into spring with works by Jake Berthot, William Bailey, and Charles Garabedian. Jake Berthot’s abstract, notched painting, Bone, from 1973 has a center field of yellow-green U-framed by slightly warmer tones. In House by the Sea, William Bailey paints, in his imaginary interior, a standing woman next to an open window to the sea. In Forest Charles Garabedian paints a brilliantly colored semi abstract canvas of trees in bloom. And finally, hats off to Spring, with a large painting titled Floral Park by Greg Drasler.

For further information, artist biographies, and/or images, please contact the gallery

Betty Cuningham Gallery is located at 541 W 25th St. New York, NY 10001 T: 212.242.2772 F: 212.242.5959

Public Transportation: C, E to 23 St

Hours: Tues – Sat, 10am – 6pm The gallery will be closed November 25 and December 24, 2010 – January 3, 2011.

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