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”

Tatyana Murray at 450 Park Avenue

450 Park Avenue is pleased to present works by New York-based artist Tatyana Murray in the lobby gallery through April 19th. This is the seventh show the building has mounted as part of its new program of rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. An opening reception and artist talk will be held on Thursday, March 7th from 5-7 PM in the Phillips Auction gallery and 450 Park Avenue lobby.

Living in Manhattan for over 20 years, Murray uses light, etching, drawing, and mixed media to reflect the juxtaposition of chaos and calm in the city. She creates lush abstract dreamscapes with reappropriated materials, using reflective elements like staples, duct tape, and pipes, against light-absorbing flocking and recycled paper, resulting in incredibly detailed and three-dimensional works. Her mesmerizing light sculptures suspend ethereal drawings in space––the existence of the image reliant on the light which shines through the layers of translucent material. Of her work Murray says, “There is a visual tension between harmony and chaos, but at the heart of the movement lies stillness, the ‘SPACE BETWEEN,’ where the spectator can slow down, catch their breath and reflect.”

Starry Night , mixed media, 52 x 73”

Starry Night, mixed media, 52 x 73”

Barnaby Furnas Exhibition at 375 Hudson Street

The next exhibition at 375 Hudson, Flooded Paintings, features a series of new works by painter Barnaby Furnas. The opening reception is Wednesday, February 20 from 5 - 7 PM, and the exhibition runs through Monday, August 2nd.

Furnas’ monumental abstract paintings may resemble giant brush strokes or wall-sized spills, but their origins actually lie in figurative depictions of biblical scenes. Born in Philadelphia and raised a Quaker, Furnas made his first Flood painting in 2005 as part of a commission for the Lever House on Park Avenue. For his installation at 375 Hudson, Furnas has created works that respond to the architectural space with dynamic angles and “frothy” areas of paint squirts and splatters to rival the veined marble walls and dramatic patterned floor. These works represent a break from his previous Flood paintings in that most do not retain a hint of sky and sun. Furnas has fully embraced them as abstractions, taking pleasure in the medium of paint itself. More notably, and to his own surprise, he has also embraced colors in addition to his familiar reds, adding viridian, yellow, magenta, and silver to his palette.

Furnas received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and his MFA from Columbia University. His work has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums, including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Royal Academy in London, among others. He is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and Victoria Miro in London.

Flooded Paintings  installed at 375 Hudson Street

Flooded Paintings installed at 375 Hudson Street

Elisabeth Condon at 527 Madison Avenue

527 Madison Avenue is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Elisabeth Condon in the Lobby Gallery from January 30 - May 3, 2019. Located at 54th Street and Madison Avenue, the show is open to the public 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. This will be the fifteenth exhibition in 527 Madison’s ongoing program showcasing noteworthy emerging and mid-career artists.

The exhibition will feature four of Condon’s signature multi-layered paintings which combine a diverse group of influences. Imagery from Yuan Dynasty scrolls, vintage wallpapers, post-war abstraction, and glam rock are commingled despite their historic differences. Her carefully poured abstracts are superimposed with lush renderings of birds and flowers––a motif which references classical Chinese painting techniques learned during the artist’s numerous residencies in China.

Condon holds a BFA from the Otis Art Institute of Parson’s School of Design, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and has work in a number of collections worldwide. She currently lives and works in New York.

Elisabeth Condon,  In the Garden - Summer , 2017, acrylic and ink on linen, 54 x 72 inches

Elisabeth Condon, In the Garden - Summer, 2017, acrylic and ink on linen, 54 x 72 inches

Sofia Echa at 450 Park Avenue

450 Park Avenue’s next exhibition will feature paintings by Sofia Echa in the lobby gallery from October 16, 2018 - January 18, 2019. An evening reception and walkthrough of the exhibition led by the artist will be held on October 24, 2018 from 5–7PM. This will be the sixth show the building has mounted as part of it’s program of rotating exhibitions of contemporary art.

The Russian-born artist creates landscape-driven abstractions where luminosity is the primary concern. She generates light within her work in traditional ways, such as through the gradation and tinting of color, but also through painting on reflective metal. Echa studied art at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York. Her work has been included in numerous shows in New York, and one of her paintings was recently sold in the “New Now” auction at Phillips Auctions, the anchor tenant at 450 Park Avenue.

Fluidity #23 , acrylic on metal, 12 x 12 inches

Fluidity #23, acrylic on metal, 12 x 12 inches