Laura Fayer at 450 Park Avenue

450 Park Avenue is pleased to present works by New York-based artist Laura Fayer in the lobby gallery from April 16 – July 25, 2019.  This is the ninth show the building has mounted as part of its new program of rotating contemporary art exhibitions. A reception and artist talk will be held on Tuesday, May 21 from 5-7 PM in the Phillips Auction gallery and 450 Park Avenue lobby.

Fayer’s vibrantly colored and expertly layered paintings are heavily influenced by her time living in Japan as a child. There she learned the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, an aesthetic worldview centered around the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Using landscape as her subject, she embraces the happy accidents that result from her painting process, delicately balancing the inherent order and chaos of nature, which makes her organic forms feel so authentic.

Laura Fayer lives and works in New York City, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She holds a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, as well as an MFA in painting from Hunter College. She is a recipient of numerous grants, including from the Pollock-Krasner foundation, International Residencies for Artists and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work is included in a number of corporate and public collections, including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, MGM Mirage, the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Ritz Carlton in Atlanta and Shenzhen, China, and the US Embassy in Djibouti.

Splendor , acrylic and Japanese paper on canvas, 48 x 62 inches

Splendor, acrylic and Japanese paper on canvas, 48 x 62 inches

Julian Stanczak at 499 Park Avenue

Six paintings by acclaimed colorist Julian Stanczak (1928 – 2017) will be on view in the 499 Park Avenue atrium from March 25 – September 7, 2019.  The show, accompanied by a color brochure with an essay by Joe Fyfe, is presented in cooperation with Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, New York. The opening reception will be held on April 9th, from 5 – 7 PM.

Best known for his key role in the Op Art movement, Stanczak’s meditative canvases reward engaged contemplation.  A 22-foot wide, six panel work from 1989 Change With Light will anchor the exhibition, alongside other major paintings from throughout his career. Stanczak received his MFA from Yale University in 1956, where he studied with Josef Albers and Conrad Marca-Relli. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum in New York, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, in addition to a 50 year retrospective at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio. His work can also be found in numerous collections, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, The Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh , the Hirschhorn Museum and National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Change with Light  (1989), acrylic on canvas, 80 x 264”

Change with Light (1989), acrylic on canvas, 80 x 264”