Richard Levy Gallery: Navigation + Albuquerque Museum


Richard Levy Gallery
April 20 – May 25, 2018
Reception: Saturday May 12, 6 – 8pm

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.

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Number 1, 1999, 58 x 62 1/2 in, oil on canvas

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.

The exhibition Navigation will also feature Fabric and wallcovering sample materials as I unveil my collaboration with Designtex.

514 Central Ave SW | Albuquerque NM 87102
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Albuquerque Museum: website
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque NM 87104

-Press Release-

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