November 17th, 2020
While we may be partial to a gallery setting, we love to see the other ways in which our artists’ exceptional work is recognized. As one of our new artists, Howard Hersh, eloquently articulates, “since artists work alone, and for their own pleasure, recognition in any way is gratifying and validates the artist’s work. A museum offers recognition in a critical way, apart from the commercial, which is all the more encouraging.” We at Gallery MAR are proud to represent artists whose works have hung in prestigious museum exhibitions throughout the country.
You’ve seen the work of our artists’ in many beautiful settings from our gallery walls to our collectors’ homes. Now we present to you our artists’ work in their museum exhibitions.
Cornell Art Museum – “Art Couture: The Intersection of Art and Fashion”
Art Couture: The Intersection of Art and Fashion exhibition brings a contemporary spin to the long-intertwined worlds of fine art and fashion design. The exhibition at the Cornell Art Museum in Florida features contemporary fashion-inspired art alongside illustrations and clothing created by world renown fashion designers. The show is well suited for the glamorous work of our new fashion-loving mixed media artist, Jane Maxwell.
Nassau County Museum – “Hunt Slonem: Eden Never Ends”
In 2018, Nassau County Museum of Art gave viewers an opportunity to “fall down the artist’s enchanting rabbit hole” with the exhibition “Hunt Slonem: Eden Never Ends.” A veritable jungle of elegantly painted birds, bunnies, butterflies, and more, greeted visitors. These exquisite creatures of his paintings – wild and vivid – are displayed in antique gold frames and patterned fabric backdrops, elevating the eclectic charm of the exhibition.
Mark Rothko Museum – “Magical World”
Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre held a solo exhibition, “Magical World” for internationally recognized artist, Hunt Slonem in 2018. In his own words, Hunt Slonem describes his work in the exhibition:
“My paintings are neither narrative nor specific in detail, but are deeply rooted in the act of painting. The color choices, the spontaneous mark making, and scratched hatch marks are the result of an ongoing fascination with the manipulation and implementation of paint. Cross-hatching gives a feeling of tapestry, it’s like weaving. I’m making colors bleed into each other, I’m revealing the underpainting. I’m making these marks to allow the light to come through. You’re seeing about five levels of paint, instead of one.”
Paine Art Museum – “Colorful Counterpoint”
In 2012, the Paine Art Museum paired the sculptures of Richard Taylor with the landscape paintings of Rodger Bechtold in their exhibition “Colorful Counterpoint.” Richard Taylor’s delightfully colorful sculptures come to life at the heart of the exhibition, complemented by the backdrop of surrounding landscape paintings.
Villa Terrace Art Museum – “Strata & Cipher: Barbara Manger and Richard Taylor”
In 2017, the Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin exhibited the works of artists Barbara Manger and Richard Taylor in the exhibition “Strata & Cipher.” The museum writes of the show:
“‘Strata & Cipher: Barbara Manger and Richard Taylor’ brings together two artists who work closely with color and layering, and have developed a process-oriented studio practice that transforms surprising source materials into metaphors for their experiences. Manger uses mono-printing techniques to create richly composed images that reference the textures of moving waterways, and Taylor collects found materials to inform his use of shape, color, and surface, creating sculptures reminiscent of weathered urban artifacts.”
San Juan Islands Museum of Art – “Conversations with Gee’s Bend”
Peninsula Museum of Art
Last year at the Peninsula Museum of Art in California, Howard Hersh’s mixed media works were displayed in the exhibition, “Expanding Universe: Constructed Paintings by Howard Hersh.” For this show, Hersh describes his two complementary bodies of work:
“Dispositions of Structure (encaustic on panel) are paintings about structure: the fabric of the universe as we know it, from invisible forms of energy pulsing through every atom to visible natural phenomena. And beyond physical structures, these paintings tackle the societal, political and intellectual structures we all must navigate.”
“Skin Deep (acrylic on birch and basswood) developed from an inquiry into the nature of painting itself. Specifically, I am questioning the notion that paintings exist as pictures of something– illusions– while sculptures exist on their own, as objects. Because I love making things as well as painting, I wanted to deconstruct painting and push this work closer to ‘objecthood.’ The basswood wall structures of ‘Skin Deep’ exert themselves as objects, encapsulating as well as supporting the paintings.”
These two bodies of work defy categorization as they push the boundaries between painting and sculpture. As the exhibition description elaborates, “As much deconstructed as constructed, the works seem suspended in time, yet implicitly open to change: four-dimensional, in a sense, like Cubist paintings, with their multiple views and perspectives: representations of the flux of time and self.”
National Museum of the Air Force – “Air Force Art Exhibition”
Although you may know him as a painter of luminous light and breathtaking landscape, Warren Neary is also a renown artist for the US Air Force. Warren Neary has had several works included in Museum of Aviation’s exhibition celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Air Force Reserve. Currently, Neary serves as the Chief of Heritage and Combat Art for the Air Force Reserve in the Directorate of History and Heritage at Air Force Reserve Command, US Air Force.
Of these honors, Neary writes, “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to capture and share stories of America’s Airmen in Air Force and Air Force Reserve operations around the world, as a public affairs officer, historian and combat artist.”
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
Michael Kessler’s long and successful career includes several prestigious museum shows. Kessler’s work is represented in the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, whose collection “spans a wide range of periods and movements, from 19 century American landscapes through Abstract Expressionism and Postmodern reinterpretations of the medium.”
Allentown Art Museum
The physicality of Michael Kessler’s work can be felt through this video of the installation of the exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum. Here you can get a sense of the grandiose scale and power of Kessler’s large-scale abstractions.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art – Current Artist in Residence
Our artist Horacio Rodriguez has been selected to be one of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s artists-in-residence. We eagerly look forward to seeing the one-of-a-kind work that comes out of this residency.
“The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s long-term artist-in-residence program is designed expressly to meet the needs of artists living and working in Utah.
UMOCA supports its residents by offering studio space within the museum, exclusive workshops with national artists and art professionals, and career-building opportunities. At the end of their residencies, artists have the opportunity to showcase the culmination of their work in a museum setting through a gallery dedicated to UMOCA’s artists-in-residence, the AIR Space.”
We would like to extend a special thank you to our artists for these exclusive images of their museum exhibitions.
Written by Veronica Vale