George Krevsky Gallery takes great pleasure in presenting, A Restless Harmony, and exhibition of Helen Berggruen’s new work opening, Thursday, November 7, and continuing through Saturday, December 21, 2013. Landscapes, still lifes, and domestic interiors from the artist’s contemporary and distinct perspective, are featured at the gallery located at 77 Geary Street in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood.
Berggruen is a San Francisco native who graduated with a BA from Sara Lawrence. She performed with Robert Wilson’s theater company in New York and Paris before turning to painting in the late 1970’s. Her style is a dynamic of her own cultural heritage. It reflects both a European and American sensibility calling to mind American Regionalists like Benton and Curry, and Impressionists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne.
As Roberta Smith wrote in the recent New York Times review of her art: “the thing that separates Ms. Berggruen’s work from those of her predecessors - and makes it feel contemporary and distinct - is the apparent glee with which she puts brush to canvas.” She paints “with the exuberance of someone who has just discovered that distorting reality is much more interesting than recording it faithfully.”
The artist has exhibited internationally at Bergruen and Zevi in London, Gallerie Mutter Fourage in Berlin, and will be showing at Galerie Deschler in Berlin in 2014. In the U.S. she has exhibited at the Fischbach Gallery in New York, Louis Stern in Los Angeles, Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho, Elkader Art Center in Iowa, and I. Wolk Gallery in St. Helena, California. This is her second solo exhibition at the George Krevsky Gallery.
A Restless Harmony
Horizon lines appear to be in flux, creating a sense not of irresolution, but rather, of possibility. The eye of the viewer roves beyond the hills; a young man gazes beyond his ancient village. Following the telephone wires, we pass cornfields, and then circle back again. Bare, wintry trees stretch across another sky, towering over Nineteenth Century houses. A telescope rests on a mantel in case it should be needed. Tunisian vessels tilt toward each other through the mirror. Coffee steams in bowls. The melon is sliced. Who is coming to sit at that table?