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On 7 September 2012\, Mary Boone Gallery and Michael Werner Gallery will open a collaborative exhibition surveying the work of German a rtist ERNST WILHELM NAY (1902-1968). Presented simultaneou sly in three Manhattan galleries\, this exhibition is the first significant presentation of Nay's work in the United States since his death.

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T he exhibitions focus on works that represent the pinnacle of Nay's artistic achievement: the late period of the 1950s and 1960s. Nay's earliest works were derived from the then-prevalent Expressionist style. Whereas many of N ay's peers eventually turned away from Expressionism\, Nay formed his own w ay by extending the pre-War language and style of Expressionism into a mode rn pictorial language of abstraction. Nay's first breakthrough occurred in 1937 with the "Fischer-bilder" and "Lofotenbilder"\, two discreet series of pictures devoted to fishermen and the landscape of Norway's Lofoten Island s. These paintings synthesize Nay's early works with a newfound interest in the expressive potential of color. A second major breakthrough came in the 1950s\, with paintings and drawings inspired by notions of synesthesia -- the relationship of musical sounds and rhythms with colors and forms. These so-called "Rhythmic Paintings" ("Rhythmischen Bildern") brought Nay defini tively into the realm of abstraction.

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Nay continued his investigati on of color as form in a series of works characterized by modulate d\, circular color planes covering large areas of the picture surface. Thes e would develop into the "Eye Paintings" ("Augenbilder") of 1963 and 1964\, so named for their suggestive ocular forms. In 1965\, the paintings underw ent a rigorous simplification of form and palette\, often limited to only a few clear\, intense colors. At a time when most artists were creating seco nd-generation variations on Abstract Expressionism\, or enthralled with the newly emerging trends of Pop\, Op and Minimalism\, Nay developed a style t hat imbued abstract pictorial content with the capacity for deep conceptual and expressive meaning.

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Ernst Wilhelm Nay was born in Berlin in 19 02. He was admitted to the Berlin Art Academy in 1924 on the merits of his first\, self-taught\, paintings and quickly became the master student of Ex pressionist painter Carl Hofer. On leaving the Academy in 1928\, Nay began exhibiting his work throughout Germany. He traveled abroad\, first to Paris and then\, on receiving the Prix de Rome in 1931\, to Italy. These early s uccesses were short lived. Like many avant-garde artists of the time\, Nay' s work ran counter to the ideals set forth by the National Socialists: they attacked Nay's paintings as "masterpieces of ugliness"\, confiscated his w orks from state museums\, and ultimately included Nay in their infamous exh ibition Degenerate Art in 1937. Left with no opportunities to exhi bit his work\, nor the means to acquire basic materials\, Nay briefly left Germany\, traveling and painting in Norway thanks to the generosity of Edva rd Munch. Beginning in 1940\, Nay served in the German army as a cartograph er. In 1943 he arranged for an exhibition of his wartime works on paper at Galerie G√ľnther Franke in Munich\; a short time later he traveled to Paris on a duty trip\, where he befriended Kandinsky and other artists of the Par isian avant-garde.

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Released from the army in 1945\, Nay exhibited h is work with increasing commercial and critical success. Nay first particip ated in the Venice Biennale in 1948 -- he would represent Germany there in 1956 -- and in 1950 Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover organized the artist's fi rst retrospective exhibition. His first solo exhibition in America took pla ce in 1955 at Kleemann Galleries in New York City. That same year Nay parti cipated in the first Documenta\, where he would exhibit again in 1959 and 1 964. In 1960 Nay was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship and began to show his works extensively outside of Europe. He continued to exhibit internationall y until his death in Cologne in 1968.

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The exhibitions at both Mary Boone Gallery locations -- Drawings at 745 Fifth Avenue and Pa intings at 541 West 24 Street in Chelsea -- are on view through 6 Octo ber 2012. Together with additional paintings at Michael Werner Gallery\, 4 East 77 Street\, the three exhibitions present a broad selection of Nay's l ate period work. A fully illustrated catalogue is forthcoming.

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The New York exhibitions coincide with The Polyphonic Eye\, a major su rvey of Nay's works on paper at Kunstmuseum Bonn from 20 September 2012 thr ough 3 February 2013.

DTEND:20121006 DTSTAMP:20140917T131048 DTSTART:20120907 GEO:40.76326;-73.973161 LOCATION:Mary Boone Gallery - 5th Ave.\,745 5th Ave. \nNew York\, NY 10151 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Ernst Wilhelm Nay UID:235747 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR