On View: Mickalene Thomas @ Newcomb Art Museum

Photo courtesy of Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University

Photo by Jeffery Johnston, Courtesy Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University

Newcomb Art Museum – January 18, 2017 – April 9, 2017

Durham Press is pleased to announce Mickalene Thomas’s solo exhibition, Waiting on Prime-Time Star, now on view at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University. The exhibition brings together more than 40 works of paintings, photographs, prints, collages, sculpture, film, and installation, including Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, a mixed-media collage printed and published with Durham Press.

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Copyright of Durham Press and the artist

The print, “Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires,” is an ambitious work made with 61 colors, 58 screens, 27 individual blocks, and 50 different collage components, including mahogany and cherry veneers. Each component and process adds to the lush composition of color, texture and pattern. The figures included in the collage are printed from an interior scene Thomas composed and photographed at 20 x 24 Studio in New York using a large format camera. Many of the landscape photographs used in the print are from Thomas’s personal travel in Africa.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Newcomb Art Museum.

Mickalene Thomas has been working with Durham Press since 2010, and her prints are available directly through our gallery. Please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead for more information.

Current Press
The New Orleans Times 
Art Daily
Tulane University
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On View: Emil Lukas @ Sperone Westwater

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Photo courtesy of Sperone Westwater

Sperone Westwater – January 7, 2017 – February 11, 2017

Durham Press is pleased to announce Emil Lukas’s solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater in New York. The new works on view debut expansions of four series, including Stacks, Thread Paintings, Bubble-Wrap Paintings, and his newest work, Liquid Lens, an aluminum sculpture constructed from welded and calibrated aluminum tubes.

Liquid Lens is an interactive lens that breaks down the elements of seeing on a large scale. The curved shape of the sculpture is a “material manifestation of one-point perspective – the form of the piece mimics the way all lines converge at the vanishing point.” Many of Lukas’s new pieces are shape-shifters, changing in appearance depending on light and view point. “In a weird way, I consider these paintings, because they’re a warped surface that been manipulated and altered to create this event,” Lukas says.

Credit Courtesy of Sperone Westwater

Photo courtesy of Sperone Westwater

Current Press
The New York Times
Sperone Westwater – Press Release
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On View: Hurvin Anderson @ AGO Art Gallery of Ontario

Todd Korol / Toronto Star

Todd Korol / Toronto Star

AGO Art Gallery of Ontario – May 19, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Durham Press would like to congratulate Hurvin Anderson on his first Canadian solo exhibition currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition titled, Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop, includes a comprehensive collection of recent paintings alongside previously unseen sculpture, photography, and large-scale drawings.

This traveling show, just recently on view in St Louis, fills the entire fourth floor of AGO’s Contemporary Tower. The exhibition offers viewers a glimpse into the bright and lively world of Jamaica– where Anderson’s parents are originally from. Each painting is a reflection of his thoughts of cultural identity and intimate familiarity of the Caribbean culture through his experiences in the Jamaican Afro-Caribbean community as well as his artist residence in Trinidad.

AGO Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10:30 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am – 9 pm
Thursday 10:30 am – 5 pm
Friday 10:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday, Sunday – 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Current Press
E-Flux
S Syle Magazine
Star
The Globe and Mail

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On View: Beatriz Milhazes @ Jewish Museum

Installation view of the exhibition Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes, May 6 - September 18, 2016. The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by: David Heald

Installation view of the exhibition Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes | Photo by David Heald

Jewish Museum – May 6, 2016 – September 18, 2016

The exhibition, Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes, includes the installation of Gamboa II, a canopy-like sculpture that transforms the museum’s lobby. Comprised of various fabric flowers, gold balls, and dangling beads, the work celebrates the vibrancy of the Brazilian carnival. The site-specific installation was conceived for the space by Beatriz Milhazes as part of a rotating artist commission program at the institution.

This flora-filled exhibition is in celebration and coincides with the retrospective of Roberto Burle Marx, a landscape artist that shares with Beatriz, “…an affinity for nature – especially that of Rio de Janeiro, the lush seaside city that they both called home.” (Blouinartinfo) Beatriz was introduced to Burle Marx’s work at a young age– her hometown was immersed in his gardens, playgrounds, and stone mosaics. “Of course, Burle Marx has been one of my influences for forever. I grew up on Copacabana… The biggest connection is that we have this basis of inspiration and sculptural language.” (Blouinartinfo / Wallpaper)

Jewish Museum Hours:
Friday – Tuesday: 11:00am – 5:45pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Closed Wednesdays

Current Press
Mariola | 2010-2015 Beatriz Milhazes highlighted at Frieze New York
Wall Street Journal
Blouinartinfo
Wallpaper
Wall Street Journal

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Michael Benevento Gallery

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Michael Benevento Gallery – March 12, 2016 – May 7, 2016

A group show titled Erasing, Tracing, Racing, Paint at Michael Benevento Gallery in Los Angeles showcases a body of work by artists Polly Apfelbaum and Dona Nelson. Featured are Apfelbaum’s round colorful ceramic beads, strategically hung by nylon thread, and two vivid “fallen paintings,” comprised of hundreds of hand-cut, hand-dyed velvet pieces which are configured on-site. The installations will be on view in collaboration with Nelson’s work until May 7th, 2016.

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Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

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On View: James Nares @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

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Image courtesy of James Nares

Paul Kasmin Gallery – March 3, 2016 – April 23, 2016

Durham Press is pleased to announce James Nares’ new exhibit Portraits — on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery until April 23, 2016. James is returning to his work as a filmmaker to debut his first body of film since Street in 2011.

The exhibition includes 11 videos of sitting subjects such as his three daughters; film critic, Amy Taubin; writer, Glenn O’Brien; and film director, Jim Jarmusch. These portraits are similar to Street in the way that the artist slowed down high definition film to create an intimate moment for the viewer. Nares has been inspired by movement since the early 70’s, which still continues to be the focus in his work.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, James Nares writes, “I could chose to show the parts that make people look stupid, or funny, which everybody does. I steered away from anything like that, and looked for the moments that are kind of human, and the kind of thing that anyone could identify with, because you’re looking at yourself inevitably when you look at anybody else.”

Current Press
Vanity Fair
ArtNet

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On View: Mickalene Thomas @ Aperture

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La leçon d’amour, 2008 © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Aperture Foundation– January 28, 2016 – March 17, 2016

Mickalene Thomas’s current exhibition, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête, is located on the fourth floor of 547 West 27th Street, New York City at the Aperture Foundation. In a series of photographs that began with her mother, the world-renowned artist shows us her muses together for the first time.

“The women in Thomas’s portraits convey an absolute feminine power, their unwavering gazes channeling conviction and confidence. In compelling juxtaposition, they exude the kind of sexuality reminiscent of “blaxploitation” aesthetic of the 1970’s. Surrounding them are bold patterns and prints inspired by Thomas’s childhood, and references to art, literature and music.” (NYTimes) Though inspired by art history and culture, her most meaningful muses have been those women closest to her.

Aperture Foundation Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Closed Sunday

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On View: Chitra Ganesh + Mickalene Thomas @ Girls Club

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Architects of the Future, 2014 | Installation photograph courtesy of Voltagge

Girls’ Club – November 12, 2015- June 25, 2016

Girls’ Club’s current exhibition, Self-Proliferation, includes the work of Chitra Ganesh and Mickalene Thomas, both printed and published at Durham Press. The group show consists of a diverse range of editioned works by more than thirty artists from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, including Mickalene Thomas’s Landscape Majestic and Chitra Ganesh’s portfolio, Architects of the Future.

Girls’ Club mission is to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators and practicing artists on the contributions of women to the field of contemporary art.”

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Landscape Majestic, 2011| Installation photograph courtesy of Voltagge

For pricing and availability on Mickalene Thomas and Chitra Ganesh prints, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]

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On View: Emil Lukas @ PAFA

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Installation at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Photo courtesy of Zachary Hartzell.

PAFA | Morris Gallery – January 14, 2016- April 10, 2016

Durham Press would like to congratulate Emil Lukas on his solo exhibition currently on view at (PAFA) The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. PAFA’s exhibition of Emil Lukas’s thread paintings, as well as a brand-new sculptural work is on public view for the first time at Morris Gallery. The featured sculpture represents a new and exciting direction for Lukas’s work.

“Lukas creates radiant fields of atmospheric color by criss-crossing layers of thread over a shallow wooden tray. He builds the voids at the center of these pieces through the improvisational selection of compatible and contrasting colors. It is only upon close examination that the viewer comprehends that Lukas is creating these optical wonders with thread.” Lukas’s large scale sculpture also creates a optical illusion that disorients the way the eyes comprehend three-dimensional form. Large Lens is interactive and creates an optical event for the viewer.

“The work in the show is a balance between opportunity and restraint,” Lukas explains. “To create opportunity you have to have rules, you have to have restraints: physical forces, optical forces, conceptual forces.”

Click here to view a short video of Large Lens.

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum + Stephen Westfall @ The Suburban

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum and Stephen Westfall at The Suburban. Photo courtesy of Alexander Herzog and The Suburban.

The Suburban  – November 2015 – January 2016

A group show titled Karma Funk Farm at The Suburban in Milwaukee showcases a body of work by artists Polly Apfelbaum and Stephen Westfall. Featured are Apfelbaum’s round ceramic beads, strategically hung by nylon thread, in collaboration with Westfall’s geometric works on paper and woven rugs. “Both Apfelbaum and Westfall share an interest in the structural integrity of formal art making and how simple contextual tweaks can utterly reposition entire lexicons of form. That’s why, as long time friends and sounding boards for each other’s ideas, it’s curious that they have been rare collaborators inside a white cube, a fact that becomes all the more surprising after one experiences their compelling choreography in the current exhibition.” (Shane Mcadams for Journal Sentenial)

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum at 56 Henry. Photo courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum.

56 Henry – December 11, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Polly Apfelbaum is also showing at 56 Henry, a new, “tiny” gallery in Chinatown, NYC. Polly’s ceramic beads hang in the window, and several ceramic bowls are displayed on a table within the gallery space. This very first show for 56 Henry was recently featured in ArtForum.com Critics’ Picks, as well as in Artnews. The exhibition continues through January 24th, 2016.

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