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Abstracted Bodies

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20110202133420-bricew_untitled_1978_10-23
Untitled, 1978 Charcoal on Paper 24" X 18"
20110202133640-chinnip_interplay1
Interplay, 1999 Bronze 32" X 12 1/2" X 5"
20110202133754-cookm_caputmoortum
Caput Moortum , 1983 Oil on Canvas 72" X 72"
20110202135827-dugmoree_untitled8pcs_22
Untitled 8pcs #22 , 1972 Acrylic and Pencil on Paper 29" X 23"
20110202134729-fishmanb_system_overload
System Overload, 2010 Acrylic and Enamel on Polished Stainless Steel 58 3/4" X 84"
20110202135026-haesslejm_snowflake_wr
Snowflake, 1992 Acrylic on Canvas 38" X 50"
20110202135205-harrisgf_intheeventofhumorfallingfromgrace
In The Event Of Humor Falling From Grace , 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 24" X 24"
20110202135350-lyonsm_skinspace_le10
Skinspace (Le 10eme arrondissement) , 2010 Digital Print 36" X 36"
20110202135514-ramirezp_chunk9
Chunk 9, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36"
20110202135715-ribakl_nudeonbeach
Nude on the beach, 1950 Oil on Canvas 18" X 30"
20110202135952-solomond_inapastlife
In A Past Life My Father Was A Magician , 2010 Oil on Aluminum Panel 30" X 36"
Abstracted Bodies

544 South Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
February 2nd, 2011 - February 26th, 2011
Opening: February 4th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.davidrichardgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Guadalupe, Railyard
EMAIL:  
r@davidrichardgallery.com
PHONE:  
505-983-9555
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
TAGS:  
abstract, figurative, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Abstracted Bodies, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures that explore a variety of formal approaches to figuration and abstract representations of the human body, spanning the past six decades with works by William Brice, Peter Chinni, Michael Cook, Edward Dugmore, Beverly Fishman, Jean-Marie Haessle, Gregory Frank Harris, Marcia Lyons, Paul Henry Ramirez, Louis Ribak and David Solomon.

The earliest works include paintings and drawings by Louis Ribak from the 1950s. Six drawings on paper by William Brice from the late 1970s and early 1980s will be presented, in which he explored the use of lines and abstract shapes to represent the female figure. In the 1970s, Edward Dugmore produced collages of simple, reductive line drawings that suggested images of sinuous nude female figures emerging through a haze of colored smoke and mist. Jean-Marie Haessle used the body and select parts in the 1980s as a device to create abstract compositions. The paintings of Michael Cook span two decades and range from conceptual abstractions of the human figure to diffuse images of multiple different people who share the same local portion of their email addresses. Peter Chinni’s bronze sculptures of abstracted couples embracing one another evoke cubist themes, while Gregory Frank Harris’s figures are reminiscent of Dubuffet and l’ art brut. David Solomon’s biomorphic abstractions of human figures, heads, eyes and lips are painted on metal supports, but the actual forms are inspired by the shapes of seed pods and marine life. Marcia Lyons overlays close-up photographs of her body on top of the floor plans of her various apartments in Paris to create rectilinear representations of her body.  Paul Henry Ramirez’s work is colorful, playful and whimsical, exploring the human body and its functions as represented by evocative abstract biomorphic and geometric forms that are often sensual and suggestive. Beverly Fishman’s acrylic and enamel paintings on polished stainless steel are more than life-sized abstract portraits comprised of the viewer’s reflections through a mass of fluorescently colored medical imagery.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an on-line catalog with an essay by Aline Brandauer.

David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza. The gallery offers a range of important contemporary art with an emphasis on abstraction in a variety of media by established and emerging American and international contemporary artists, as well as historically significant works from the 1960s through the 1980s.