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Ana Cristea Gallery is delighted to present LIKE A ROLLIN G STONE\, featuring the work of Alexander Esters\, Peter Gera karis\, and Justen Ladda.  In 1965\, Bob Dylan wrote the lyrics for this breakthrough song.  The meaning of these lyrics was not entirely c lear even to Dylan himself\, yet people everywhere connected to the song in some ineffable way.  In a similar vein\, the three artists in this show se em to pull from familiar pop and cultural sources – yet those sources are s omehow elusive.  In the end\, their work is fresh\, accomplished\, and enga ging.

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All three artists offer something new – Esters has never befo re been shown in the United States\, Gerakaris is still in his 20s and just out of an MFA program\, and Ladda (born in Germany but in the US for more than thirty years)\,  though a celebrated mid-career artist\, has not shown widely since the early 1990s.

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Alexander Esters employs pain ting\, sculpture\, linocut\, and stained glass to create “paintings” which draw upon twentieth-century greats like Picasso and Dali in addition to a h ost of pop references.   Esters  was included in a 2009-10 exhibition (with John Currin and Tomma Abts) entitled “Slow Paintings” at the Museum Morsbr oich in Germany as well as at the Köln Skulpturenpark’s 2009-11 "Köln Skulp tur 5: Reality Check.”  In 2007\, he was included in “XXL- Recent Large Sca le Painting” at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill\ , NY.  Esters is represented by VAN HORN in Dusseldorf.

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Peter Ge rakaris\, who received his MFA from Hunter College in 2009\, lives and works in New York.  His vibrant\, colorful canvases reflect a fascination w ith the botanical and zoological and suggest the influence of Op\, Pop\, ja zz\, and Chinese and Japanese art.  His work has been shown at the Bronx Mu seum of Art\, Wave Hill (NYC)\, and The National Academy of Fine Arts.

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Justen Ladda has developed several distinct bodies of work over the last three decades that have continued to evolve and grow. Their common themes are ‘illusion’\, ‘transformation’ and ‘reflection’. He will be show ing several new "mirrors” from a series he started in 2003\, as well as scu lptures of noses that evolved out of his fascination with the concept of ‘c haracter’ and his ongoing interest in portraiture. His works are in the col lections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York\, The New York Public Libr ary and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem among others.

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For additional information\, please contact Ana Cristea Gallery at (212) 904-1100 or at < a href="mailto:info@anacristeagallery.com" rel="nofollow">info@anacristeaga llery.com.  The gallery is located at 521 West 26th Street ( between 10th and 11th Avenues) and is open Tuesday th rough Saturday from 11am to 6pm.

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