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Dark Cloud, 2012 Oil Paint And Medium 68 X 64 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Elizabeth Harris Gallery

529 W.20th St.
New York, NY 10011
October 11th, 2012 - November 10th, 2012
Opening: October 11th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6; Summer Hours: July - Tue-Fri 11-6; August - open by appointment


The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Scott Richter. The exhibition will be up from October 11 through November 10, 2012 with an opening reception on Thursday, October 11th from 6-8 PM. This will be the artist’s seventh exhibition with the gallery. A fully illustrated catalog with an essay by Nancy Princenthal accompanies the exhibition. 

Scott Richter’s new work returns to painting on canvas after a thirty-year hiatus. This new group of medium to large figurative paintings (situational portraits) delves into psychological, historical and literal narratives that reflect a radical departure from past work. 

In the catalog that accompanies the exhibition Nancy Princenthal writes: 

“Not every new work features explicit confrontation with history, but in all, solid-seeming figures face off against abstraction, which intervenes in the form of wayward blocks of color, checkered and gridded patterns, and graphic gestures both wobbly and confident. There is also lively play with shadows that seem more animate than the firmly modeled forms beside them”. 

“Richter says, not quite seriously, that he expects viewers to experience this exhibition as a group show, and the paintings’ variously split personalities do tempt us to believe that the artist isn’t quite present, either—that his identity is as mobile and elusive as the characters and situations he portrays. And it’s just possible we might see it that way, if the dexterous grace with which Richter repeatedly shifts the seat of meaning and focus of perception—among works and within them—was not his unmistakable signature”. 

Scott Richter lives and works in Connecticut. He has exhibited extensively since 1980, and has work in major private and public collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.