Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to announce the accession of Number 1, 1999 to the permanent collection of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. The painting is featured in my solo exhibition Navigation.
About the painting: “My Number 1 was a great intuitive leap against the backdrop of New York intellectualism in the late 90’s which had declared “painting is dead”. I felt like I lived in a culture of no unified tradition for painting, or that the tradition had become the end, or deconstruction of tradition. I simply longed for a system in which I could grow and better myself with the grace and freedom of contemporary thought, while retaining a respect for improving on an objective craft. Craft in this case, being proportion, elements of composition and rules of beauty in their most simplified forms. I needed a first step, a first atomic structure, a first declaration in relation to history and natural wonder. This was my number 1. I had chills of excitement all the while a centered calm while making this painting. I cannot fully express how much joy I felt… like meeting a long lost family member for the first time.”
The Albuquerque Museum’s art collection features artists living in or influenced by the region and includes masterworks by Georgia O’Keeffe, Raymond Jonson, Fritz Scholder, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
This fundraiser event at SITE Santa Fe will feature artist teams collaborating live on Exquisite Corpse drawings. Attendees have the opportunity to watch their favorite artist teams at work and buy drawings as they are completed. It’s an honor to have been selected as a featured artist.
Exquisite Corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavreexquis), is a chance-based parlor game by which images are collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed. Popularized by Surrealist Artists like André Breton, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, and Man Ray, the Exquisite Corpse was a perfect creative tool, involving elements of chance, unseen elements, and group collaboration- all in service of disrupting the waking mind’s penchant for order.
SITE Santa Fe Thanks the many talented artists creating exquisite corpse drawings:
Janet Abrams * Patrick Bernatchez * Paula Castillo * Matthew Chase – Daniel * Lawrence Fodor * Cannupa Hanska Luger * Munson Hunt * Kate Kendall * Jonathan Loretto * Andres Machin * Nina Mastrangelo * Barbara Mehlman * Eliza Naranjo Morse * Arlo Namingha * Dan Namingha * Michael Namingha * Jill O’Bryan * Pascal Pierme * Willy Bo Richardson * Dario Robleto * Alexis Rockman * Charles Ross * Robert Stivers * Jerry Wellman
And many more…!
In conjunction with SITE Santa Fe’s grand re-opening, Surroundings welcomes to their space Danae Falliers and Willy Bo Richardson.
This multi-decade series I started while in graduate school is lifting off the ground. My personal development and contribution is a load-stone that orients to the cycles of the moon and to the gentle lapping of waves.
Intelligent people are aware of the noise in our politics and entertainment, our greed driven economy and workaholic culture, yet so few visual object in our culture relieve this pressure.
This is the gift I wish to share. Take a deep breath. Get back in touch with the canopy of stars that holds us, our earth and sense of place and home.
1611 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe NM 87501
Close to $9 Million was invested in renovations at SITE Santa Fe, including HVAC and sophisticated infrastructure to host international museum level exhibitions. The new extensions include an experimental exhibition gallery, theater space, and roof-top viewing deck.
Surroundings is a multidisciplinary design studio focused on transforming the built environment through innovative landscape architecture, urban design, and planning.
Exhibiting artists include: John Baldessari, Debra Bloomfield, Beau Carey, John Chervinsky, Richard Estes, Alex Katz, Jenna Kuiper, Matt Magee, Rania Matar, Willy Bo Richardson, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Eric Tillinghast
Miami Project returns in 2015 for its fourth edition, bringing modern and contemporary art to the fair’s new waterfront location. The Deauville Beach Resort. Miami Project Edition 4 will feature 60 top galleries from around the world. Miami Project matches historical pieces with works by living artists.