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  • Lawrence Fine Art to Represent Art of Ben Wilson


  •  Lawrence Fine Art is pleased to announce that it will represent the work of American artist Ben Wilson in conjunction with Montclair State University.

    Like many of his compatriots in the New York School, Ben Wilson (1913-2001) began his career painting figuratively before transitioning to abstraction after WWII (and somewhat later than his compatriots.) His early work had a strong political component--one critic noted his "strong social protest." Later, he began to paint for the WPA Project.

    He described his early years this way:

    "My early figurative days are long gone. They were necessary then for me and for the (WPA) project. I painted the agony and anger of the times. Not very pretty. I recorded what was going on both in this country and overseas. The degradation that was Europe, the hopelessness that was America. But I couldn't stay in that vein...."

    After the war, Wilson, born in Europe and a Jew, was devastated by what had happened. His work became dark, powerful yes, but difficult to look at.

    At first, Wilson resisted the move to abstraction and abstract expressionism after the war.  He was highly uncomfortable with the egoism inherent to this movement. A sojourn in Paris in the early 50s changed his perspective. His work had always drawn from European roots, especially the cubists.  Indeed, the cubism of Picasso, Braque and Leger, and their influence, never left him. Ultimately, it could be said that Wilson arrived at Abstract Expressionism, but from a different direction.

    A critic in the Princeton Review in 1987 explains: "Ben Wilson's canvases, while still within the abstract expressionist mode, retain echoes of Picasso, Braque and even mechanistic elements of Fernand Leger." Another critic writes: "The expressive abstractions of Ben Wilson belong among the best work created by New York artists in the 20th century; but they stand outside the critical labels applied to Abstract Expressionism..."

    Ben Wilson had more than 30 one-man shows during his lifetime, first starting to show in the early 1930s. As early as 1942, he was singled out by the New York Times art critic Edward Alden Jewell as a "discovery." He exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum (1934), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Corcoran, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, among others. His work is in the collection of the Newark Museum and the Montclair Museum.

    Wilson has recently been "rediscovered" and was the subject of a one-man show at Quogue Gallery in 2017 and Montclair State University has published a catalogue of his life and work. Lawrence Fine Art wishes to thank the University for making this work available.


  • Lawrence Fine Art to Represent Artist Geoffrey Dorfman


  •  Lawrence Fine Art is pleased to announce that it will represent the work of abstract painter Geoffrey Dorfman.  In addition to his painting, Dorfman is an art critic of note and well-regarded classical pianist.  He wrote the definitive book on Milton Resnick:  "Out of the Picture:  Milton Resnick and the New York School."  He has curated several well-regarded exhibitions including "Hans Hofmann:  The Legacy" at the Painting Center in New York.  Finally, he has taught at Parsons School of Design and currently at College of Staten Island/CUNY.

    In a time when the centrality of painting has been questioned and abstraction appears to have exhausted its possibilities, Dorfman maintains his commitment to oil and brush on canvas.  For him, the Abstract Expressionists were a starting point, not an ending point.   The Brooklyn Rail praised his commitment to "The notion of the classic brush stroke, the sensual rebound and multitude of responses possible... Paint, the essence of paint, the substance of paint, the materiality of paint, the culture of paint. Geoffrey Dorfman is an artist who has spent the better part of the last three and a half decades immersed in the implications of what it means to be painting now.  He’s an artist for whom the flame of the Abstract Expressionists and the New York School still burns hot. [His] are paintings about painting."

    Dorfman's approach is not goal-oriented--a movement toward some idea or vision.  Rather, it is an identification with with the properties of paint, understanding what it can do, and from there to the painting. Like Resnick, for Dorfman, the edges of the painting are very important, and his works tend to move out beyond the canvas (one reason he prefers that his works not be framed). At the same time, he puts small "stop signs" in his works, so as the eye pauses and contemplates before it continues on and outward. His strokes tend to "flutter," in a way similar to the Impressionists, further generating movement and at the same time, anchoring the eye in the moment.

    Dorfman was a good friend of New York School Abstract Expressionist artist Milton Resnick.  He is on the board of the Resnick Passlof Foundation.  He has shown in numerous galleries.


  • Lawrence Fine Art to Represent Estate of Judith Lindbloom


  •  The art market--collectors, curators and museums--is in the early stages of a broad reappraisal of the contribution of previously overlooked groups to the development of post-war modernism. Artists who were regarded on the periphery--because they were women, gay, black or brown--are getting a much-deserved new look as old prejudices crumble.

    Judith Lindbloom--young, a woman and openly gay--was one of the many artists who streamed to New York in the post-war years, drawn by the heady atmosphere and freedom to be found. It was not an easy life, especially for a women, because women then were not taken seriously.  Born in Detroit, Lindbloom (1933-2012) threw herself into the life. Pictures show her cigarette in mouth intently painting. At night she would hang out at the famed Cedar Bar, where she became especially close to Franz Kline.

    There was a downside to this Bohemian life--drink and drugs--and Lindbloom indulged too much and too frequently. In 1964, her partner committed suicide and right before she was to be included in a group show at the Whitney, Lindbloom had a breakdown. She would not resume painting for sixteen years.

    Lindbloom was a devoted fan of jazz and a muse to many of the greats of the era, including Gil Evans, Sony Rolllins and Steve Lacy. She designed and painted numerous album covers for some of their greatest work. Her work is included in a new compendium entitled "The Art of Feminism: Images the Shaped the Fight for Equality, 1857-2017."

    Lawrence Fine Art is honored to represent Lindbloom's estate.  The estate contains not only a treasure-trove of works from the mid-1950s almost until her death in 2012 but also her notebooks, journals and letters which offer a first-person insight into the personalities and atmosphere of the period.  In one letter, Lindbloom talks about going from gallery to gallery and being turned down because she was a woman.  In another, she records the reactions of those in the Cedar Bar on the day they found out Jackson Pollock had died.


  • Scope Miami Beach, December 5-10


  • Lawrence Fine Art will exhibit at Scope Miami Beach, December 5-10.  This is the gallery's inaugural appearance at the fair.  The gallery will exhibit work by Judy Mauer, Adam Daily and Howard Schatz. Please contact us for more details.


  • Market Art and Design, July 6-9


  •  Please join us in Bridgehampton for Market Art and Design, July 6-9.  You may download ticket here or here.


  • Market Art and Design, July 7-10


  •  Lawrence Fine Art will exhibit at the upcoming Market Art and Design, July 7-10, on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum. Hours:

    Thursday evening VIP preview:  6-10 pm

    Friday:  11-7 pm

    Saturday:  11-7 pm

    Sunday:  12-6 pm


  • Summer Hours Begin


  •  Gallery Summer Hours are as follows:

    Open:  Sunday-Thursday, 11:30-8:30

                  Friday, 11:30-8:00

    Closed:  Saturday


  • Lawrence Fine Art to Participate in Art on Paper NYC, March 3-6


  •  Lawrence Fine Art is pleased to announce that it will exhibit at the upcoming Art on Paper Fair during Armory Week, March 3-6, at Pier 36, located on the Lower East Side. The gallery will exhibit work by Harriette Joffe, David Einstein, George Schulman, Anna Walinska and Stan Brodsky.


  • Lawrence Fine Art to represent Long Island Artist Stan Brodsky


  •  Lawrence Fine Art is delighted to announce that it now represents the work of acclaimed Long Island abstract artist Stan Brodsky. The gallery will show select works on paper at the upcoming Art on Paper Fair, March 3-6, NYC. It will open "Stan Brodsky at 92" Summer 2016.

     


  • Lawrence Fine Art to Participate in Miami Project, Dec. 1-6


  •  Lawrence Fine Art will exhibit at Miami Project 2015 during Art Basel-Miami week. Details to follow.


  • Fall Hours Begin September 9


  •  M, Thurs: 11:30-5:30 pm

    Fri., Sat., Sun.: 11:30: 6:30


  • Pioneering Female Pop Artist Marjorie Strider Dies at 81


  • Pioneering female pop artist Marjorie Strider passed away last Wednesday at her home in Saugerties, New York. Strider, born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, was 81 years old.

    Throughout her 50-year career, Strider relished transgressing convention.  Her work could be, at once, acutely minimalist, recognizably “Pop”, slyly erotic and completely authoritative. This was a woman who knew who she was and what she wanted to say. 

    It was not always been easy for female artists of Strider’s generation—the Silent Generation--to find their voice and speak with authority.  Pop Art has generally been considered a male-only playground. How could a woman have anything to say about art that is inspired by girlie magazines and comic books? Indeed, only one of 202 works at a 1991 high profile retrospective of Pop Art at the Royal Academy of Art in London was by a female artist.

    Only now are women’s contributions to Pop Art being reexamined. And the tide is turning. Seductive Subversions, the first-ever exhibition of female Pop artists, toured the US in 2010-2011. Marjorie Strider is one of the most important of those female artists whose work is being rediscovered.

    Strider had her first show in 1964, at the Pace Gallery, called The First International Girlie Show.  She showed along with then-emerging male pop artists Mel Ramos, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselman.  She would go on to have numerous one-woman shows.  Her work is held in numerous museum collections and she is the subject of considerable literature.

    Her most recent exhibition, of new works, was at Lawrence Fine Art, East Hampton this past summer. Called Marjorie Strider:  Second International Girlie Show, the exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of her first exhibition at Pace Gallery.

     

     


  • "Crash One: Broken Language" Opens Saturday, July 26


  •  Lawrence Fine Art will open "Crash One: Broken Language" with an opening reception on Saturday, July 26 from 5-8 pm. Crash One was one of the first subway graffiti writers from the 1970s to transition to canvas.


  • "From Old Glory to Pop Icon: The Enduring Popularity of the American Flag in Contemporary Art" Gallery Talk


  • Artist and former Pollock-Krasner Foundation Research Fellow Timothy Roepe will present a talk  entitled "From Old Glory to Pop Icon:  The Enduring Popularity of the American Flag in Contemporary Art" on Saturday, July 5th at 5 pm.  He will discuss the American flag as it is presented in contempoary art from Jasper Johns to the present, including his own art.

     


  • Lawrence Fine Arts Completes First Two Commercial Installations


  •  Lawrence Fine Art announced today that it had completed its first two installations curated specially for a commercial building space. The gallery partnered with the "Building Art Curatorial Program" (BACP) whose aim is to match commercial building owners, corporate collectors, and tenants with established and emerging artists. BACP was conceived and founded by Cindy Farkas Glanzrock, who serves as the creative director and is also the President of Glanzrock Realty Services.


    915 Broadway (at the corner of 21st Street), managed by ABS Partners Real Estate,  was the first building to partner with Lawrence Fine Art and BACP to unveil its newly renovated lobby. The lobby will showcase artwork from Sen2, a Bronx-based  pop-graffiti artist, who is represented by Lawrence Fine Art. The building will exhibit the artwork for a limited period, similar to a gallery or museum rotation. The work is leased, with an option to purchase. Subsequently, BACP also debutted installations at 1001 Sixth Avenue (at the corner of 37th Street) and 29 West 38th Street. Lawrence Fine Art installed "Electrocat" by LA Roc on  West 38th Street.
     
    "We are excited about this project for a number of reasons, not least of which is the opportunity for viewers to see work by popular artists and in genres that are increasingly sought out by collectors and museums," said Gallery Director Howard Shapiro.
     
    For more information on the program, please contact the gallery.

  • Gallery owner Howard Shapiro to speak on "Rediscovered Masters: Lost and Found" at Boston International Fine Arts Show


  •  Shapiro will speak about the work of Arthur Pinajian at a panel discussion on Sunday, November 24 at 2 pm.  The panel will be moderated by distinguished critic and author Peter Falk.


  • Childrens' Workshop with LA ROC at Children's Museum of the East End


  •  Children ages 4 years and up will get to meet and collaborate with renowned artist, Angel Ortiz, aka LA ROC. With Angel’s guidance, they will design their own original artist name or “tag” and create a graffiti painting with paint pens and watercolors. The children will also work on a large-scale canvas that will be displayed in the Museum.  This occurs at the Childrens' Museum of the East End, starting at 10:30, sponsored bhy Lawrence Fine Art.


  • Harriette Joffe Gallery Talk Saturday, July 6


  • Lawrence Fine Art will present a gallery talk by the artist Harriette Joffe on Saturday, July 6 at 4 pm.  This is in concunction with her exhibition entitled "Harriette Joffe:  RiverJazz and All That Stuff" which opens at the  gallery on June 26 with a reception on Saturday, June 28 at 4 pm.


  • Hamptons Gallery Weekend


  • A three day event to celebrate art in the Hamptons and to benefit the retreat.  For more information:  http://artwalkhamptons.com/events.


  • Gallery talk by artist Etsuko Ichikawa Saturday June 8


  • Artist Etsuko Ichikawa will speak about her work at Lawrence Fine Art, Saturday June 8, at 4 pm. Her talk is part of an on-going series of talks by artists sponsored over the summer by the gallery. Ichikawa is showing her work as part of the "The Horizontalists" exhibition at the gallery. She paints with molten glass on paper and will discuss her method. A video of her creating her work will accompany the talk.


  • New Works by Judy Mauer


  • Lawrence Fine Art is proud to announce its association with the photographic artist Judy Mauer and her initial "Doll" series.  Check the artist tab for examples of her work.


  • Work by Jerold Ehrlich


  • Lawrence Fine Art is pleased to announce its association with the sculptor Jerold Ehrlich.  Please go to the sculpture tab to see his work.


  • New Works by Karl Klingbiel


  • We are delighted to announced our assoication with artist Karl Klingbiel, known for his elusive, literary abstractions.  Please check the website.


  • Now easier to search for contemporary artists


  • Now easier to search for contemporary artists.  Just click on the "contemporary" tab under "Artists" to find our roster of outstanding contemporary artists.