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Gary Snyder Gallery is pleased to announce Ralph Humphrey\, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper at 529 West 20th Street. Open ing on September 13\, 2012\, the exhibition is Humphrey’s first in a New Yo rk gallery since 1998. Fifteen of the artist’s thickly impastoed abstract p aintings will be on view\, as well as a selection of works on paper. A full y illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition\, with contributions from Klaus Kertess\, David Pagel\, and Stephen Westfall. In addition\, the catalogue will include excerpts from Humphrey’s sketchbooks and journals—no ne of which have ever been published previously.

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The exhibition and its accompanying publication provide a detailed view of the artist’s work from 1973 to 1984—hulking masses of casein and modeling paste in a palette of intense colors. Works in the exhibition such as Untitled (1973)\, Christ mas Story (1979–1980)\, and Forest (1984) demonstrate Humphrey’s unique abi lity to create surfaces that are at once immediate yet boundless in depth. Icons of Postminimalism\, these paintings transform the traditional relatio nship between viewer and object\; their large scale and density literally f orce viewers into the objects’ space.

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 “Space coming forward is mor e of a confronting\, more like an experience\,” wrote Humphrey\, “but an ex perience that calls attention to its own time. . . . I find that when the p ainting starts coming back at me I know I’m going to get to the observer.”< /p>\n

Born in Youngstown\, Ohio in 1932\, Ralph Humphrey studied painting at Youngstown University. In 1957\, Humphrey relocated to New York\, where he met artists Theodoros Stamos and Mark Rothko. Rothko’s fierce opinions and strong\, personal emotionalism were major influences on the young artis t— ones that continued throughout his career. From 1966 to 1990\, Humphrey taught painting in the graduate art department at Hunter College. He remain ed at Hunter until his death in 1990.

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During the 1960s\, 1970s\, an d 1980s\, Humphrey had solo exhibitions at many of the most influential gal leries\, including: Tibor de Nagy Gallery (1959\, 1960\, New York)\, Green Gallery (1965\, New
York)\, Bykert Gallery (1967\, 1968\, 1969\, 1970\, 197 1\, 1972\, 1973\, 1974\, 1975\, New York)\, The Texas Gallery (1973\, Houst on)\, Daniel Weinberg Gallery (1974\, 1976\, 1982\, San Francisco)\, John W eber Gallery (1976\, 1977\, New York)\, Willard Gallery (1980\, 1982\, 1984 \, New York)\, Daniel Weinberg Gallery (1983\, 1986\, 1990\, Los Angeles)\, Jay Gorney Modern Art (1990\, New York)\, and Mary Boone Gallery (1990\, N ew York). During this period\, his work was also featured in many important museum exhibitions\, such as Abstract Expressionists and Imagists (1961\, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)\, Systemic Painting (1965\, Solomon R. Guggen heim Museum)\, A Romantic Minimalism (1968\, Institute of Contemporary Art\ , Philadelphia)\, A View of a Decade (1977\, Museum of Contemporary Art\, C hicago)\, Painting in Relief (1980\, Whitney Museum of American Art)\, and The Meditative Surface (1984\, Renaissance Society at the University of Chi cago)\, among others. More recently\, Humphrey’s work appeared in A Minimal Future?: Art as Object\, 1958–1968 (2004\, Museum of Contemporary Art\, Lo s Angeles) and High Times\, Hard Times: New York Painting\, 1967–1975 (2006 \, Weatherspoon Art Museum\, University of North Carolina\, Greensboro).

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Humphrey’s work is in the collections of major museums around the wor ld\, including: the Museum of Contemporary Art\, Los Angeles\; the Museum o f Contemporary Art\, San Diego\; the Museum of Fine Arts\, Boston\; the Mus eum of Fine Arts\, Houston\; the Museum of Modern Art\; the National Galler y of Australia\, Canberra\; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art\; the Sm ithsonian American Art Museum\; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts\; the Walk er Art Center\; the Weatherspoon Art Museum\, University of North Carolina\ , Greensboro\; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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