Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Painting (Lecture)

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Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Painting (Lecture)
Curated by: Nicholas Alexander

649 W. 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
July 14th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

10am - 6pm, Tues through Sat
artist-talk, Lecture
Free Admission



638 WEST 28th STREET NEW YORK, NY 10001   (917) 677-7825   WWW.COLEMANBURKE.COM


Lincoln Center’s Director Emeritus of Visual Arts, Thomas Lollar will present a lecture and artist talk entitled Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Painting on Wednesday, July 14th from 6 to 8 pm with a critical discussion on the work by Suzanne LaFleur and Guy Stanley Philoche currently on view at Coleman Burke Gallery.  The evening will include a question and answer session with the artists, followed by a closing celebration for the exhibition Constructed Spirits on view through July 17, 2010.

In addition to enjoying 30 years of association with Lincoln Center, Thomas Lollar taught ceramic and sculpture at Parsons School of Design and is on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.  His work has been featured in gallery exhibitions at Tiffany & Co. NY, Columbia University as well as in the collections of The Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Museum of Art and Design and The Karlin Collection in Boston.  Thomas Lollar’s observations aim to shed new light on rising artists Suzanne LaFleur and Guy Stanley Philoche by contextualizing their work within art historical discourse.

Strong parallels between the paintings on view and some of modern art history’s most significant artists are evident.  LaFleur’s expressive, abstract compositions display a strong consciousness of Joan Mitchell, Cecily Brown, Monet, and Van Gogh, while Philoche’s abstract color-fields evoke Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.  The question and answer session will disclose how each artist instills in their practice a signature style drawn from personal experience, and creative impulses and explorations reflective of the contemporary moment.

Suzanne LaFleur is a New York based painter.  For 20 years she lived intermittently between Lebanon, Kuwait, Cannes, and Monaco before returning back to New York City in 2008.  Her paintings have been exhibited in many galleries, diplomatic embassies and exhibition halls throughout Europe and Asia.  Her work is also in the personal collections of numerous royal families of the Middle East.  The exhibition at Coleman Burke Gallery marks the Chelsea debut for the up-and-coming artist.

Guy Stanley Philoche is a native Port-au-Prince, Haitian who immigrated with this family to the United States in 1980.  After attending art school in New Haven, Connecticut, he moved to New York where he currently lives and works.  His work has been featured at Christies Auction House and is included in over 14 corporate collections (Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, Barclay Investments) as well as the private collections of George Clooney and Uma Thurman.

About the Gallery:

Founded in 2009, Coleman Burke Gallery New York is a contemporary gallery featuring both emerging and established artists working in a variety of mediums and approaches. Coleman Burke Gallery New York is affiliated with Coleman Burke Gallery Brunswick, a site-specific project space in the Fort Andross mill in Brunswick, Maine, and Coleman Burke Gallery Portland, a storefront window installation space at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine.

The Gallery is located on 638 West 28th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.

For press related inquiries or more information please contact our director:

Nicholas Alexander