The Annual 2015: The Depth of the Surface

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Murmuration 2, 2009 Ink, Pencil And Watercolor On Paper 61 X 61 In. © Courtesy the Artist and Salomon Contemporary
Green Tunnel, 2004 - 2013 Oil On Astroturf 40 X 106 In. © Courtesy of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
Bedroom, Scene #4, You Leave Your Lover to Answer the Phone, 2004 Oil On Linen 78 X 104 In. © Courtesy of the artist
Webb Chappell Pavillion, 2012 Digital Print 22 X 48 In. © Courtesy of the Architect / Photo credit Eduard Hueber / archphoto
rześki, 2014 Cedar, Graphite 104 X 58 X 52 In. © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong, NY
Trackmaster, 2015 Mixed Media On Canvas 8 X8 Ft. © Courtesy of Roberto Juarez Studio
Model with Two Whirligigs, 2011 Oil On Canvas 44 X 36 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Betty Cuningham Gallery
National Art Museum of China, 2012 Wood Base, Mixed Media Plastic And Wood 40 X 40 X 10 In. © Courtesy of Safdie Architects
Swinburne Figure I, 2009 Oil On Panel 10 X 20 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Forum Gallery, New York
Palm Springs Hill House, 2014 Paper And Wood 32 X 55 X 16 In. © Courtesy of Laurence O. Booth – Booth Hansen Architects
Homage to Manet (Olympia), 2014 Acrylic On Linen 80 X 65 In. © Courtesy of Knox Martin and LGTripp Gallery
RRU (C)-9, 2013 Ink On Japanese Fiber On Cotton Fiber 16 X 12 In. © Courtesy of the Artist
Belle Isle, 2014 Melted Plastic, Paper Laterns, Pigmented Expanded Foam, Acrylic, Resin 50 X 61 X 32 In. © Courtesy Loretta Howard Gallery and Pavel Zoubok Gallery
The Surf From the West Cliff, 1986 Oil On Canvas 31 X 46 In.
Ice Cut (Arctic Sky), 2015 Oil On Canvas 74 X 95 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and DC Moore Gallery
Lady in the Lake, 2014 Linoleum Cut 18 X 24 In. © Courtesy of the Artist
Under the Hollow Hills, 2015 Mixed Media And Oil On Canvas 40 X 60 In. © Courtesy of the artist and the Berta Walker Gallery
The Annual 2015: The Depth of the Surface

1083 Fifth Avenue
at 5 East 89th Street
New York , NY 10128
June 4th, 2015 - August 23rd, 2015
Opening: June 3rd, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

upper east side
Wednesday - Sunday, 11 AM - 6 PM
National Academy School
painting, figurative, digital, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, conceptual
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Comprised of nearly 70 esteemed artists and architects, The Annual 2015: The Depth of the Surface is a celebration of the Academy’s members and, as in years past, features a broad range of styles employed by several generations of National Academicians. Now in its 189thyear, this storied exhibition will be on view from June 4 – August 23, 2015. A paradox, The Depth of the Surface seeks to delve beneath the surface of the work included to reveal its true meaning and message, the story behind it and how it resonates with the viewer.

The first Annual exhibition of the National Academy, in 1826, was organized by the small group of artists and architects who founded the Academy – considered renegades in their day – who were guided by the then-novel concept that a fledgling nation needed an institution to “promote American art and architecture through education and exhibition.” The Annual at the National Academy – New York’s oldest museum – was among the first exhibitions to do so, and the tradition continues in 2015.

Under the Annual’s current format, National Academicians are eligible to show once every three years. Among this year’s highlights are sculptural works by Lynda Benglis, Joel Shapiro and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Other artists in the show include Alice Aycock, Dorothea Rockburne, William Tucker and Fred Wilson. The architects exhibiting are among the most renowned in their field, and include Wendy Evans Joseph, Cesar Pelli, Moshe Safdie, Robert A. M. Stern, and landscape architect Kate Orff.

For nearly two centuries, The Annual has served as the fulcrum of the National Academy’s exhibitions. Among the artists and architects who have exhibited their work throughout the institution’s history are Cecelia Beaux, Thomas Eakins, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Gehry, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Rauschenberg, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth and Frank Lloyd Wright. The artists and architects exhibiting in the 2015 Annual add their names to the legacy of this exhibition.

Exhibition Hours 

11 AM – 6 PM Wednesday – Sunday


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