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New York, NY 10075
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Barbara Mathes Gallery was founded in 1978 and specializes in paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by modern and contemporary masters. The gallery is known for its tightly focused one-person shows and for imaginative thematic exhibitions that present major modern and contemporary artists in new and illuminating contexts. The gallery is also dedicated to exhibiting the work of overlooked major masters in art historical contexts.
Works Available By:
Pier Paolo Calzolari
Willem de Kooning
Fausto Melotti: Ceramics
January 21, 2021 - April 23, 2021
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition of 2021, Fausto Melotti: Ceramics.
Since first introducing American audiences to Fausto Melotti (1901-1986) in 1995, the gallery has curated a series of exhibitions devoted to Melotti's work including Fausto Melotti: Works on Paper and Plaster (2013); Fausto Melotti: Sculpture and Ceramics (2014); Melotti and Morandi (2016); and Fausto Melotti: Rhythm and Form (2019).
Fausto Melotti: Ceramics presents a selection of the artist's remarkable ceramic works from the postwar period. Although best known for the singular metal sculptures that he described as ‘drawing in space,’ Melotti belonged to a generation of Italian artists who viewed ceramics as an art form with ties to ancient Roman and Etruscan culture.
Introduced to the form by architect, designer, writer, and ceramics enthusiast, Gio Ponti, Melotti’s most concentrated ceramic production came in the aftermath of the Second World War. Upon discovering that his studio had been destroyed in the bombing of Milan, the artist renewed his practice by renting out a kiln, thus initiating a fifteen-year period in which he only produced ceramics and terracotta sculptures. His work in these years ranged from small decorative objects of uncommon beauty to large, patterned tiles commissioned for architectural interiors.
The Experimental Works on Paper
April 29, 2021 - August 13, 2021
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce Jackson Pollock: The Experimental Works on Paper, an exhibition of Pollock’s little-known engravings and silkscreens. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) experimented with a variety of different media throughout his career and his works on paper frame the development of his style, illuminate the shifts in his work of the early 1950s, and attest to his range as an artist.
Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Sam Gilliam
Color and Shape: Frank Bowling, Ed Clark and Sam Gilliam
October 1, 2020 - December 22, 2020
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by three major figures of postwar abstraction: Frank Bowling, Ed Clark and Sam Gilliam. Whether applying color with their hands, soaking pigment into their canvases, sweeping paint on with brooms, or draping their canvases from the walls and ceilings, these three artists dramatically transform their medium. Within their work Bowling, Clark and Gilliam do not shy away from politics—as Gilliam has argued, “the expressive act of making a mark and hanging it in space is always political”— while equally devoting their practice to radically rethinking the act of painting itself.