MSG artist William Pachner is featured in a beautiful and compelling interview by Tad Wise about the 98 year old’s work and life story. Insightful as it is heart-wrenching, read the entire interview here >
Mindy Solomon Gallery artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre are participating in the exhibition ’3 Solo Shows’ at Belgian glass museum GLAZENHUIS now through September 31st, 2013. The exhibition presents three very different approaches to art, glass, and the museum environment from four internationally renowned artists: brothers Jamex and Einar de la Torre (Mexico/USA), Petr Stanicky (Czech Republic), and Richard Meitner (USA/Netherlands).
A glimpse into the production and presentation of this exhibition:
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Opening this Sunday, March 31st, through September 31st, 2013: Mindy Solomon Gallery artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre will participate in the exhibition ’3 Solo Shows’ at Belgian glass museum GLAZENHUIS. The museum invited four internationally renowned artists to present solo exhibitions this summer: brothers Jamex and Einar de la Torre (Mexico/USA), Petr Stanicky (Czech Republic), and Richard Meitner (USA/Netherlands). Each were given a floor in the museum, where they will present a ‘solo show.’
The exhibition will present confrontation of three very different approaches to art, glass, and the museum environment. The artists in this group converge in the use of glass for its almost limitless potential to realize form, but within the conviction that material must remain subordinate to perception of art—freed of any obligations in choice and use.
The de la Torre brothers will transform the space into a colorful and vast spectacle imbued very liberally with references to both Mexican folk art and Flemish folklore.
See more of Einar and Jamex de la Torre‘s available works at Mindy Solomon Gallery //
And, contact the Gallery at 727-502-0852 to inquire about the de la Torre works featured in this post //
“I am inspired and challenged by the art of pottery and strive to make work that is successful on multiple levels. I want my pots to be well-designed and comfortable to use; to be rich with ceramic wonder, and seductive to behold; and to have reference to history and the field of ceramic art to spark the imagination.This exhibition features a range of pottery forms that are of interest to me at this time, including covered jars, platters, baskets, various pouring vessels, and cups. The jars and platters serve as a platform for the exploration of narrative, with drawings enveloping the forms, emerging in and out of the glazed surface. The larger vessels become paintings in the round, and I am interested in how the image unfolds as you move around the pot. The baskets and pouring forms are animated, and reference the figure in their posture. I continue to be amused by the characters they become. The cups are perhaps the most intimate. I enjoy the potential of their daily kiss, and future interaction in the hand and the home.”
Did you know that a sculpture by Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Christina West is proudly displayed in the living room of Home Shopping Network (HSN) CEO and St. Petersburg, Florida, resident Mindy Grossman? The below image of West’s work appeared in Elle Decor magazine, in a spread on Grossman’s condo (blue figure reclining on the coffee table).
Grossman is widely lauded for elevating St. Pete-based HSN with her sense of style, celebrity sellers, and pop cultural awareness, and is recognized as a top business woman by Forbes, Time, Elle, The New York Times, and more.
The Byrdcliffe Kleinart/James Art Center is pleased to present ‘Imagined Fragments,’ a selection of black and white works on paper by William Pachner ( Mindy Solomon Gallery-represented artist), with a catalogue by Daniel Mason. The exhibition will be on view March 29-May 5, 2013, with an opening reception Saturday, March 30th, from 4-6pm. A gallery talk with William Pachner and Michael Perkins will take place May 6th from 2-3pm; Mr. Pachner will be 98 years old at the time of this talk. For more information, please contact BYRDCLIFFE at 845.679.2079, email email@example.com, or visit www.byrdcliffe.org. The Center is located at 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY.
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1915, Pachner has made his home in Woodstock since 1945. He studied art in Vienna and worked as an illustrator in Prague before coming to the United States in 1939 on the eve of World War II. During the war, his anti-fascist anti-Nazi illustrations have appeared in the foremost national magazines. When he learned in 1945 that all members of his family had been exterminated by the Germans, he quit his commercial career and resolved never again to do a commercial job, but to paint what he felt.
Known as a colorist, Pachner’s work includes satiric drawings, erotic figurative, biblical Judaic and Christian themes, photomontages, and paintings of great color intensity. Late in his career, he turned to black and white after losing sight in his one good eye. The works in this show represent loss: absence of sight, family, homeland—everything—with the almost unbearable weight of personal and artistic annihilation. While their form, movement, and gesture embrace an essential vitality, these drawings also embody a silent horror and violence. The artist’s final works embody a multiplicity of meanings and are an affirmation of humanness and the reminder of the sacredness of all life.
About his paintings, Pachner said, “I want, in each work, the world, like my countryman Mahler, the whole pie, not just one triangular wedge of it, but all of it in all of its contradictions, paradoxes, ironies, unbearable sorrows, indescribable joys, tragic comedy, farce, pathos and drama, both authentic and fraudulent. The world, I say to myself, on which all this takes place simultaneously—the world so incomprehensible, so dear, so much in need of our care, of our embrace.”
In recent years, his work has been shown at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art.
The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to offer a new secondary-market painting by William Pachner, Oil #9, painted in 1974 at 44.5 x 45 inches. Please contact the gallery for details.
Mindy Solomon Gallery artist David Peters celebrates his MFA thesis show, ‘Forever More Than Once,’ this week at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, 213 Haynes Hall, at Montana State University in Bozeman. The exhibition is on view March 25-29th from 9am-5pm daily, with an artist’s reception March 27th from 6:30-8:30pm. Peters’ defense takes place Monday, March 25th at 11am and is open to the public.
Below, Peters shares photos of loading and unloading his last big firing before the show. “Hopefully there will be a lot of great pots,” he said. We are wishing him the best of luck, and eagerly awaiting the final results. Congratulations, David!
Greenwich Library‘s Flinn Gallery, located at 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut, showcases the work of Mindy Solomon Gallery artist James Kennedy and Nancy Koenigsberg through May 1st. The exhibition, ‘A Fine Line,’ focuses on the exploration of line, shape, and form through these two artists’ very different techniques: acrylic and mixed media, and wire sculpture. An artist walk and talk will be held on Sunday, April 14th at 2pm; the exhibit is a benefit for the Friends of Greenwich Library.
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Christopher Winter //
Berlin-based MSG artist Christopher Winter was recently featured as a cover artist for Dan’s Papers in fall of 2012. “My fascination for subjects of awakening and lost innocence led me to themes which were inspired by literature like The Lord of the Flies,” says Winter. The publication included an interview with more insights from Winter; click here to read the article.
He is also a participant in the Paris Art Fair March 28-April 1 at Grand Palais, and presents his landscape exhibition ‘Shape the Scape’ in five galleries in Berlin, Cologne, and Zurich in 2013 and 2014.
|Fragile Endurance on View through September 22nd //MSG artist Kate MacDowell presents her exhibition, Fragile Endurance, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, February 10 – September 22, 2013. The Arts Center functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and new ideas that impact the lives of both artists and the public.
MacDowell’s exhibit explores the friction and discomfort in man’s relationship with nature. These works raise the question of our own vulnerability within changing ecological systems. Her choices of material and subject matter respond to environmental stressors such as climate change and species extinction. She chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities; the delicate reputation of the medium highlights the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem. Her case studies of two extinct species—the Costa Rican golden toad and the passenger pigeon—can be seen as thoughtful records of lost life forms and commentaries on our own culpability.