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Founded in 1987 in SoHo, David Nolan Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary works by an array of international artists, from different generations and cultures, working in a variety of media. The gallery’s original mission was to showcase contemporary works on paper along with painting and sculptures by American and European artists, and to produce monographs alongside tightly curated historical exhibitions. The first solo show at the gallery – an exhibition of early drawings by Sigmar Polke - was followed by presentations of now-canonical German artists, including Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Richter, Hermann Nitsch, Rosemarie Trockel and Albert Oehlen. In this same period, the gallery began showing works by major American artists including William Copley, Carroll Dunham, Fred Sandback, Al Taylor and Barry Le Va.

In 1993, David Nolan Gallery had its first exhibition with Richard Artschwager, which was succeeded the following year with a show of work by Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay. In the late 1990s, another two key American artists were introduced to the program, Jim Nutt and Peter Saul. Further growth was marked by the inclusion of New York-based artists Mel Kendrick and Steve DiBenedetto in the mid-2000s, at a time when the gallery also began working more closely with the Estate of George Grosz.

In 2007, David Nolan Gallery mounted an important survey of contemporary Romanian art, which included work by Adrian Ghenie and Gabriela Vanga, alongside Ciprian Mureşan and Şerban Savu, both of whom continue to work with the gallery. The following year saw the gallery’s expansion and relocation to its new location in Chelsea, a move that was inaugurated by a major Artschwager exhibition along with the addition of gallery artists Julia Fish, David Hartt, Jonathan Meese, Wardell Milan, and Jorinde Voigt in the coming decade.

David Nolan Gallery has continued to build on its reputation of showing leading international artists, adding Dorothea Rockburne in 2020, and announcing its newest location on the Upper East Side, inaugurated in Spring 2020 with an exhibition of new works by Jorinde Voigt and the gallery's fourteenth solo show of Barry Le Va. In 2021, the Estate of Rodrigo Moynihan joined the gallery, followed by Brazilian painter Paulo Pasta, whose first show at David Nolan Gallery marked the artist's first solo presentation in all North America. In 2022, American artist Chakaia Booker joined the program, followed by Iraqi-American painter Vian Sora in 2023.
Artists Represented:
The Estate of Richard Artschwager
Chakaia Booker
The Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Julia Fish
The Estate of George Grosz
David Hartt
Mel Kendrick
The Estate of Barry Le Va
Jonathan Meese
The Estate of Rodrigo Moynihan
Ciprian Mureşan
Jim Nutt
Paulo Pasta
Christina Ramberg
Dorothea Rockburne
Eugen Schönebeck
Vian Sora
Jorinde Voigt
Ray Yoshida
Works Available By:
Georg Baselitz
Hans Bellmer
James Bishop
William Copley
R. Crumb
Steve DiBenedetto
Deborah Druick
Carroll Dunham
Mona Hatoum
Louis I. Kahn
Martin Kippenberger
Albert Oehlen
A.R. Penck
Dieter Roth
Fred Sandback
Peter Saul
Al Taylor
Rosemarie Trockel
Andy Warhol
Franz West

Current Exhibition

Enrico Baj

Enrico Baj: Alter Ego and Other Hypotheses

April 18, 2024 - May 31, 2024
With a passion for the eccentric and a strong iconoclastic impulse, Enrico Baj (1924-2003) was one of the central figures of the Italian neo-avant-garde. His art and writings played an instrumental role in influential movements, from Dada and Surrealism to Art Informel and CoBrA, as well as the Nuclear Art movement, which he cofounded in Milan in 1951. Heir to the Surrealist-Dadaist spirit, and an experimenter in original techniques and styles, he departed from gestural abstraction in the mid-1950s and honed an idiosyncratic iconography for his paintings, drawings, collages, objects, and sculptures, defiantly embracing figuration and kitsch symbols, and subverting conventions. Titled after Alterego e altre ipotesi, a publication which Enrico Baj designed in collaboration with Italian poet and art critic Roberto Sanesi in 1970, this exhibition features Baj's work in dialogue with artists who influenced his oeuvre, and with artists from younger generations with whom we’d like to imagine him in conversation today. Baj’s oeuvre bears a distinctly political slant, most glaringly in his Generals and Ladies series. The Generals are pseudo-portraits of military generals, formulated from the details of a military uniform; the Ladies, their wives, composed of the debris of a household and its upkeep. Baj mocks the grandiose self-image of the military general, as well as the outrageous performance required of aristocratic society. His unique form of artistic rebellion stands out from that of his contemporaries; it is perhaps most comparable to the anti-establishment attitude and style of Jean Dubuffet. It’s intriguing to note the connections between Baj and his contemporaries. Active in the Milan art scene, Baj engaged and showed alongside artists like Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, and Lucio Fontana. For example, Baj owned at least three of Picabia’s works, one directly acquired from the artist himself. His encounter with Asger Jorn in 1953 led to the establishment of the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus opposing the rationalization of art. Collaborating not only ideologically but also artistically, Baj and Jorn worked together on Jorn’s well-known Modifications series. Modifications revised found kitsch paintings, emphasizing the critique inherent in appropriating low-brow artwork. Before meeting Marcel Duchamp, Baj belonged to a generation of artists revisiting the Dadaist’s work upon the publication of Duchamp’s writings and monograph in the late 1950s. Baj exhibited in the 1960 International Surrealist Exhibition, which Duchamp co-curated with André Breton, proving the awareness was mutual. Duchamp and Baj finally met on Baj’s trip to New York in 1961 for the MoMA exhibition The Art of Assemblage. Baj and Duchamp, both participating in the landmark show, struck up a close friendship that would lead to support of each other’s careers and, eventually, artistic collaboration on a 1965 version of Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. Their friendship, along with their shared sense of humor and embrace of the banal, established a living connection between Duchamp’s Dada and Baj’s Neo-Dada. What united these artists - Duchamp, Picabia, Jorn, Baj - was the humor and double entendre present in their works, rooted in the observation of real-life while overlapping with several different Modern/Post-War movements. André Breton was also friends with Baj; Breton consistently invited Baj to exhibit with the Surrealist Movement. Breton, a prolific writer and poet, penned a lengthy essay about Baj, which was published in the third edition of Breton’s book Le Surréalisme et la Peinture. Baj’s relationship with Breton and acceptance into Surrealist institutions validates his enormous range as an artist and his category-defying legacy. Baj maintained close ties with the pioneers of Dada and Surrealism, co-founding the Pataphysic Institute of Milan in 1963, an Italian equivalent of the Parisian College de Pataphysique de France, with Man Ray and others. In addition, Breton and Max Ernst avidly collected Native American art, and frequently showed katsina dolls alongside their own works in several notable exhibitions. It is possible, even likely, that Baj encountered these dolls at their homes. Katsina dolls, known as tithu to the Hopi, are visual representations of the katsinam, the essential life force of all animate beings. The dolls unite the creative and the utilitarian, serving as a method of spiritual relief from the demands of modern life. Baj related to his art in a similar manner, channeling the raw elements of his lived experience into his work. Lucio Fontana, another friend of Baj, coproduced the work Attese (Waitings) with the artist in 1959. Fontana and Baj exhibited together frequently, often in Milan; the association between the two continues until today, with a 2020 exhibition at Mazzoleni in Turin grouping Fontana, Baj, and Piero Manzoni. The trio were close; for example, the three artists collaborated on Baj’s periodical, Il Gesto, in 1955. William Copley and Baj mesh stylistically in their collage-like aesthetic and adoption of bright color. In 1959, the two created at least two artworks together, Personaggi e segnali and Gli amanti. This sort of artistic communion typifies the exchange occurring within the network of artists surrounding both Baj and Copley, another example of which presents itself in the artistic interpretations Baj made of his fellow artists in works like Bonjour Max Ernst (1975) and Ritratto di Lucio Fontana. Baj also influenced younger artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley, and Jonathan Meese. Ever since his participation in the Venice Biennale in 1964, Baj’s artwork has been exhibited in all the major European museums and frequently in the United States since 1960. With additional works by: Richard Artschwager Kerstin Brätsch William Copley Marcel Duchamp Nicole Eisenman Asger Jorn Martin Kippenberger Jonathan Meese Francis Picabia Man Ray and 20th-Century Indigenous Artists

Past Exhibitions

Mel Kendrick

Mel Kendrick: Cutting Corners

March 7, 2024 - April 13, 2024
What first drew me to Mel Kendrick’s work more than 20 years ago was the total immediacy of his sculptures in the round: playful, fresh and full of vitality. I found them incredibly smart, both rough and sophisticated in all the right ways. I thought of Constantin Brancusi rather than Naum Gabo; rather than an inscrutable intellectualism, the works possessed a powerful physicality. – David Nolan David Nolan Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new works by Mel Kendrick titled Cutting Corners, the artist’s first solo exhibition since his celebrated 2021 traveling museum retrospective. The show will include wood sculptures created within the past twelve months, along with works on paper. Mel Kendrick: Cutting Corners, Kendrick’s eighth solo exhibition with the gallery, will be on view from March 7 through April 13, 2024. Over the course of five decades, Kendrick has established himself as a preeminent American sculptor, pushing the boundaries of the medium through a rigorous and sustained commitment to discerning a work through the process of making it. Though often mentioned in relation to artists such as Sol LeWitt for his conceptual underpinnings, Dorothea Rockburne for her mathematically driven processes, Eva Hesse for her expansive use of materials, and Martin Puryear for his minimalist treatment of wood, Kendrick remains a singular figure in his open and experimental approach to what he has called “drawing within a material.” The famed 2009 installation of five monumnetal black and white conctrete sculptures in Madison Square Park, New York, demonstrated Kendrick’s prowess as a public art sculptor. With a material ingenuity and formal inventiveness, Kendrick transforms single blocks of wood into optical puzzles, carving parts from the whole only to reassemble them atop or alongside the excavated base. In this elegant economy of both form and material, nothing is ever wasted, nor is anything added; each block is a question that contains its own answer. The result is something akin to a visual fugue: independent geometric systems are built up within a single composition to create a complex and dazzling harmonic whole, celebrating and complicating their own material and conceptual logic. Self-contained and self-referential, Kendrick’s works bear the evidence of their own making and, crucially, the struggles, errors and mistakes inherent in that process. Graphite marks, paint drips, saw cuts, and fingerprints are all layers of information, markers along a timeline, as if the sculptures were not so much finished pieces as they are stopping points at particular moments within the continuum of creation. And while the wood grain always remains visible, even under a layer of Japan paint, each step in Kendrick’s process of assembling, carving and reassembling the wood blocks seems to further remove the material from its ecological origins and push it toward a uniquely physical (rather than theoretical) abstraction. Indeed, as Kendrick has continued to evolve and reinvent himself within his distinct visual language, his free-standing and pedestal-based works have acquired a new weightiness and thickness, with heavy wood, steel and concrete bases that connect them with the floor. The works have a mass and gravity, an earth-bound physicality, that’s countered by their dynamic movement and energy, with lyrical curves and rounded pieces repeated and stacked in undulating cascades. Bands of black, white and yellow Japan paint pull the viewer from section to section, weaving in and out of negative space, from the ostensible front to what could be its reverse, in an elaborately playful game. As the viewer attempts to mentally reassemble the sculpture’s constituent parts, the artist confounds our ideas of perception and materiality.

Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains

Fort Marion and Beyond: Native American Ledger Drawings, 1865-1900

January 25, 2024 - March 2, 2024
It is an honor to have the opportunity to show the drawings of the Indigenous peoples of the Great Plains, and that these bear an artistic and historical significance that rivals that of any culture within the traditional Western canon. It was my pleasure to organize this exhibition in collaboration with my friend and colleague Donald Ellis, who has almost single-handedly brought the drawings of the Native Americans to the attention of an international audience. - David Nolan David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present Fort Marion and Beyond: Native American Ledger Drawings, 1865 - 1900, a major survey of Plains pictographic art in collaboration with Donald Ellis Gallery, on view from January 25 - March 2 to coincide with Master Drawings New York. This exhibition features the most important group of Plains Ledger Drawings created by Arapaho, Cheyenne, Hidatsa, Kiowa, and Lakota warrior artists since the 1996 exhibition organized by the Drawing Center, New York, and The American Federation of Arts, Plains Indian Drawings, 1865-1935: Pages from a Visual History, which in 1997 traveled to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; and Frick Art Museum, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Fort Marion and Beyond will showcase over 100 works on paper that collectively demonstrate the preeminent importance of Plains pictographic art to the documentation, preservation and dissemination of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Native Americans of the Great Plains, and their essential but underrecognized contributions to the art history of the United States. Over 75% of the drawings in this exhibition have never been shown in North America before. At the core of the exhibition are works by two artists: Nokkoist (Bear’s Heart), of the Cheyenne Nation, and Ohettoint, of the Kiowa Tribe, who were among 72 Indigenous warriors imprisoned without trial at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida for their alleged connection to the Red River War, a U.S. military campaign aimed at the forced displacement and migration of Southern Plains tribes onto reservations. During their incarceration (May 1875 - April 1878), fort commander Captain Richard Henry Pratt attempted to assimilate the nomadic warriors into white Protestant culture: altering their physical appearance (cutting their hair, dressing them in uniforms); educating them in subjects such as English and arithmetic (Harriet Beecher Stowe was a teacher); and providing them with sketchbooks and art supplies for drawing. As Pratt encouraged the prisoners to sell their drawings and retain all the income from the sales, many sold their work to an interested middle class. Other drawings were gifted to high-ranking politicians in an attempt to promote Pratt’s assimilation policies. In the face of the deliberate erasure of Native American cultures, the drawings offered an avenue for resistance and a means of documenting a threatened way of life and bringing it to the attention of the colonizers. The artworks created at Fort Marion are rooted in a long-standing Plains pictographic tradition of recording both personal and communal histories, as well as expressing the power and prestige of particular warriors. The Indigenous peoples painted on rock surface, hide, and later on muslin and paper, a medium that was introduced to them when Euro-Americans began moving into the Great Plains region in the 1830s. The Native Americans acquired ledger books, along with tools like pens and colored pencils, through trade or by taking them from dead soldiers on the battlefield, and then, in a palimpsestic gesture, covered previous owners’ inventory records with their own colorful figurations. (Simultaneous with their incursion into the land, the Euro-Americans initiated the systemic and nearly successful extinction of the buffalo as a means of starving the Indigenous peoples into submission and moving them off their land. Buffalo had provided the nomadic warriors with not only their livelihood, but also the hides that had previously served as canvases for their pictographic paintings.) The exhibition also includes exceptional examples of ledger drawings created from the pre-reservation to the reservation periods. Though stylistic differences naturally exist among the artists, the drawings all share a kind of visual vernacular, a directness and immediacy born out of a reverence for storytelling. The Indigenous peoples of the Great Plains can claim a long tradition of oral storytelling and the tropes of the art — rhythm, repetition, narration — are made manifest in the artists’ patterning of garments, the processions of tribes, and the banners unfurled; in the dazzling pictorial accounts of dances and ceremonies, of warriors on horseback, and of the rituals of camp life that were disappearing as tribes were increasingly forced onto reservations. Remembrance resides in a visual clarity: an economy of line, a simplicity of form, and an enthusiasm for color that together create an emphatic call to be seen.

Richard Artschwager

Richard Artschwager: Boxed In

December 15, 2023 - January 20, 2024
David Nolan Gallery is delighted to announce Richard Artschwager: Boxed In, an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the iconoclastic artist’s birth. On view from December 15, 2023 to January 20, 2024, the exhibition will include drawings, paintings and sculptures spanning six decades of Artschwager’s impressive and protean oeuvre. Born on December 26, 1923, Artschwager was always amused by the fact that his birthday was known as Boxing Day in many countries — a fact that is itself amusing given the artist’s refusal to be boxed in as any particular type of artist. While often mentioned in relation to such diverse artists as Edouard Vuillard, Georges Seurat, GIorgio Morandi, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, and Bruce Nauman, Artschwager moved through different mediums, materials, and visual preoccupations with a voraciousness, intelligence and wit that allowed him to escape any box the art world might have wanted to construct around him. And yet, Artschwager would return to boxes, squares and rectangles throughout his career, employing them as framing devices to emphasize an object’s physical presence, and in turn our own experience of viewing the work. Mirrors, too, brought the viewer into the work (literally) and extended the picture plane into the physical world. Even his blps — those iconic, lozenge-shaped voids he installed in public places with the illicit delight of a graffiti artist — were driven by a deep critical engagement with the process of looking. Though Artschwager’s stated ambition may have been to “be original,” one might argue that his ultimate aim was more humanistic: to get us to look closely at the world around us and, through seeing, to begin to know it. Take, for instance, one of his early sculptures, Description of a Table (1964), and its subsequent variations: a plywood box covered in Formica, with a woodgrain pattern to resemble the legs and top of a table, and black and white laminates to convey a spatial void and a tablecloth, respectively. In creating a flat representation (in Formica) of a dimensional object (a table) on another dimensional object (a wooden cube), Artschwager challenges not only our optical perception, but also our cognitive understanding of what constitutes a table. This deliberate confusion of the pictorial and the sculptural, often infused with a sense of irony and irreverence, runs throughout his work — a desire both to entertain and to disrupt our experience of the world. Artschwager was playfully subversive in his choice of materials as well, eschewing canvas, brass and bronze for the cheap commercial stuff of everyday American life: the aforementioned Formica with its faux woodgrain and marble veneers, the rough fibers of Celotex ceiling tile that disturbed the surface of his paintings, the rubberized horsehair he removed from its original context as an upholstery filling and made visible outside of its furniture. One suspects that, more than exalting these materials in particular, the artist is urging viewers to a greater regard for all things ordinary, a willingness to see everything as worthy of extended observation. Artschwager was adept at destabilizing the audience’s perspective on a large scale, too, as when he exhibited a collection of handmade shipping crates, transforming the containers of artwork into the artwork itself. True to his capacity for endlessly investigating a single subject, he would go on to make 100 of these crates over the years, shaped as the imaginary sculpture or painting they could possibly house, before making miniature sets of them that became beloved domestic objects. (The Formica tables underwent a similar miniaturization, testament to his perpetual fascination with scale.) The more mundane the object, it seems, the more appealing it was as fodder for Artschwager’s fertile imagination, and none were more banal than the six — Door, Window, Table, Basket, Mirror, Rug — that together ignited a multi-decade obsession beginning in the 1970s. Through drawings, paintings, objects and multiples, he generated hundreds of permutations of these domestic objects, variously exaggerating perspective, surface and scale to often surreal and comic effect. Artschwager’s highest devotion, perhaps, was not to art but to the art of looking, and looking long enough to see the world as it is: strange, weird, funny, and wonderfully confounding. Richard was rigorous and exacting in his own eccentric way. He was an artist, a scientist, and a philosopher with a Beckett-like sense of humor. Through his work, he demanded freedom of thought and spirit, and he was always looking for connections among objects, literature and the environment. He was absolutely brilliant, bursting with brains and wildly imaginative. That’s part of why so many artists across generations and around the world continue to admire him so much. - David Nolan Richard Artschwager (b. 1923, Washington DC; d. 2013, Albany, NY) forged a unique path in art from the early 1950s through the early twenty-first century, making the visual comprehension of space and the everyday objects that occupy it strangely unfamiliar. After receiving a BA in 1948 from Cornell University, New York, he studied under Amédée Ozenfant, one of the pioneers of abstraction. In the early 1950s, Artschwager was involved in cabinetmaking before he began making sculpture using leftover industrial materials; he then expanded into painting, drawing, site-specific installation, and photo-based work. As an artist, he specialized in categorical confusion and worked to reveal the levels of deception involved in pictorial illusionism, striving to conflate the world of images — which can be apprehended but not physically grasped — and the world of objects, the same space that we ourselves occupy. Artschwager has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, first at the Art Directions Gallery, New York, NY, and then with Leo Castelli in 1965. Other solo exhibitions include Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany; Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna, Austria; Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, Germany; Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; among others.

Steve DiBenedetto

Steve DiBenedetto: Uncertainty Takes a Holiday

October 26, 2023 - December 9, 2023
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present Steve DiBenedetto: Uncertainty Takes a Holiday, the artist’s fourth solo show with the gallery, on view from October 26 through December 9, 2023. The exhibition will include both paintings and works on paper, all created within the last two years. Possessed by a desire to “maximize” a painting, DiBenedetto continues to find new ways to exploit the possibilities of oil paint through crusty, built-up surfaces and bright, jewel-toned shapes that gleam in the midst of gritty, impastoed muck. Though he can apply paint so thickly it might qualify as bas-relief, the forms themselves are flattened into the background in a way that often feels like massive amounts of time and space have been compressed into a single plane. As always, DiBenedetto is working out his ideas on the canvas, adding and subtracting elements in an iterative process such that even when a work is finished, the agitation of its creation remains visible on the surface. Throughout his career, DiBenedetto’s work has reflected his intellectual interests, from his early investigations into the transmission and erosion of information and the vibrations of technology, to his well-known explorations of states of altered consciousness through the iconography of the octopus, the helicopter and the ferris wheel. Most recently, DiBenedetto’s attention has been fixated on theoretical physics: quantum mechanics, the Big Bang, string theory and its idea that our universe exists in eleven dimensions. Suddenly, the 11-tentacled structures in his paintings make sense, the circular whorls at their termini now understood as portals into other realms. In the painting titled Uncertainty Takes a Holiday (2022-23), a dark form stretches its tentacles, some of which appear to contain eyes at their tips, others that end in circles containing their own little miniature abstractions. DiBenedetto shapes the arms into rounded, embodied forms that reach out from some nebulous, murky space, seeming to glow with the yellow and white light emanating from somewhere behind it — a holy radiance for the scientific age. By contrast, Higgs Hippy HellHole (2022) feels relatively flattened: portals fashioned from one or two saturated hue, tentacles crossing each other in the same plane within a golden field that doesn’t glow so much as it stuns with its assertiveness. DiBenedetto executes his finely detailed drawings in colored pencil and a particular type of white ink marker he favors for the way it allows the pencil pigment to “ooze” through, creating a grayish, ghostly shade. Part of what makes them particularly dazzling is the way in which DiBenedetto fuses his theoretical diagrams with contemporary digital technologies, delineating cosmic pathways that resemble computer circuitry or neural networks at a moment when human and artificial knowledge feel uncomfortably indistinguishable. In this sense, the artist has never really abandoned his early enchantments with technological dystopias or the centrifugal motion of the helicopter, for what is the Big Bang if not centrifugal force writ galactically large?

Vian Sora

Vian Sora: End of Hostilities

October 25, 2023 - December 9, 2023
David Nolan Gallery is delighted to announce Vian Sora: End of Hostilities, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York, on view from October 26 through December 9, 2023. The exhibition will include both paintings and works on paper, primarily made within the last twelve months, that demonstrate Sora’s unique vocabulary of gestural abstraction through her deft handling of form and singular application of color. Sora initiates each work with a controlled chaos, covering surfaces in a barrage of fast-drying spray paint, acrylics, pigments and inks, using whatever is within arm’s reach — brushes, sponges, paper, nylons, spray bottles or even the force of her own breath — to create passages of intricate texture that might be described as delicate if not for the intensity of color they comprise. The associations they evoke range from the earthly (desiccated land, wood grain, animal pelt), to the celestial (gaseous cloud formations, swirling interstellar dust), to the biological and grotesque (networks of capillaries, fragments of bone). Over this visual bewilderment, Sora carves out forms with exacting control, using a small flat brush to apply an opaque layer of paint, usually in two or three distinct and saturated hues, occasionally with a gradated effect. Through this process, a peculiar sort of optical trickery occurs as the opaque sections recede to the background and cause the textured base layer to be viewed as foreground elements. Sora is highly intentional in the shapes she calls forth from the confusion, as in Verdict (2022): on the left side of the canvas, she creates the suggestion of a figure, perhaps a woman, with a pink face and golden garments; to the right, a more ominous form — a black crow, or maybe a raven — threatens to overtake the human figure in its exaggerated size. Abstract patches of pink and white and black swirl around them, as if whirling, subconscious hauntings, yet Sora is able to assert a sense of composure and assuredness with the soft curves of azure blue she carves into the textured back-ground. Many of Sora’s works take on the characteristics of landscapes, with clearly demarcated horizon lines, gradient skies and a profusion of bloom- and foliage-like shapes; in interviews, the Baghdad-born Sora has recalled with fondness the hours of her childhood spent among the roses and pomegranate shrubs of her grandmother’s garden in that ancient, fertile crescent. With her 2023 painting Eden, shapes are sharply defined and present more clearly as tropical foliage or a bird’s plumage, with textures that recall stars scattered across the cosmos. Still, Sora leaves plenty of room for am-biguity and darkness, as when joyful memories of home are tainted with the painful knowledge that one can never return there. Vian Sora (b. 1976, Baghdad, Iraq) has lived and worked in Louisville, Kentucky since 2009. She received a BS from Al Mansour University in Baghdad, Iraq in 2000 and studied printmaking at the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Art in Istanbul, Turkey in 2007. Sora’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati, OH; Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, UAE; Imoga Istan-bul Museum of Graphic Art, Istanbul, Turkey; Japanese Foundation Culture Center, Ankara, Turkey; and the Baghdad Art International Art Festival in Iraq; as well as the KMAC Triennial, Louisville, KY; Grinnell Museum of Art, Grinnell, IA; and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C., among others. Her work is included in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Dar El Cid Museum, Kuwait City, Kuwait; KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell, IA; Ministry of Culture Contemporary Collection, Baghdad, Iraq; the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; Fidelity Art Collection, Boston, MA, as well as numerous private collections.

Jim Nutt

Jim Nutt: Shouldn't We Be More Careful?

September 6, 2023 - October 21, 2023
David Nolan Gallery is delighted to announce "Shouldn't We Be More Careful?," a solo exhibition of recent drawings by Jim Nutt, marking the first time in more than a decade that the artist has shown in New York. Titled after a 1977 Nutt painting, this is the fourth solo exhibition of the artist with David Nolan Gallery, which has represented him since the 1990s. "Shouldn’t We Be More Careful?" will feature works on paper, all created in 2022 and 2023 and organized in close collaboration with the artist.

Chakaia Booker

Chakaia Booker: Public Opinion

May 5, 2023 - June 23, 2023
Public Opinion, Chakaia Booker’s inaugural exhibition with David Nolan Gallery, showcases the artist’s signature approach to abstraction developed over the last four decades. Booker, a fixture of the New York City East Village art scene since the early 1980’s is best known for her pioneering use of recycled rubber tires as a raw material for making abstract sculpture, often at a monumental scale. As an abstractionist, the essential elements of materiality, modularity, and movement are the key building blocks for all of Booker’s works regardless of media. The pieces assembled for Public Opinion include bronzes, ceramic constructions, paintings, prints, as well as sculptures composed of Booker’s now iconic rubber tires. Booker’s work is often site-specific and site-responsive. Manipulating Fractions, last exhibited in Booker’s solo survey, The Observance, at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami in 2021, has been reassembled and reinterpreted in response to the gallery’s architecture and volume. The long running themes or meditations on human desire, struggle, perseverance, hope held back and hope realized present in Booker’s earlier works made of rubber and steel, such as Raw Attraction (in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), are continued with new works, Conflicting Issues and Minimum Wage. Booker’s primary material, rubber tires, are conceptually loaded, speaking to issues of environmental destruction, socioeconomic disparity, and access to technology as it relates to modes of transportation. Curators and critics have often linked the material to the artist’s African American heritage, which Booker acknowledges, adding that the material also speaks to the resilience required for survival for Africans in the diaspora, siting the difficulty in getting traction to move forward and upward versus spinning in circles. Booker’s titling keeps these multifaceted readings of the work open as exemplified with classic works, It’s So Hard to Be Green (Booker’s monumental contribution to the 2000 Whitney Biennial) and A Moment in Time (2004 work at Storm King Art Center), and new works included in this exhibition, Self Absorbed and Fixed Scale. These conceptual attributes combined with the intrinsic artistic elements of beauty, gesture, and shear physical presence are why Booker was included in the seminal exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Epic Abstraction - Pollock to Herrera, placing the artist rightfully in the company of influential and uniquely identifiable abstractionists Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Ellsworth Kelly, Carmen Herrera, Helen Frankenthaler, Thornton Dial, Louise Nevelson, and Cy Twombly. Modularity is essential to understanding Booker’s work, whether in sculpture, painting, or printmaking. The ability to build textures, movements, and forms through repetition not only creates rich, tactile, and seductive surfaces, it draws parallels to industrialization, textiles for fashion, and cultural homogenization, hallmarks of the American middle class and American dream. In this way Booker’s abstract works, in art historical terms, live between the gestural and repetitious world of Jackson Pollock and the constructed architecture of Louise Nevelson with an inventiveness of reminiscent of fellow abstractionists Sam Gilliam and Thornton Dial. Modularity solves creative problems of achieving a large scale with work and allows for near infinite possible variations on a theme. This approach to making frees a single mark or segment of a pattern from being locked into a single location or context. For Booker, modularity is liberating and integral in developing rhythm within a work and within its viewing. The flow and a movement inherent in each piece is how Booker encourages viewing in the round, pulling the audience in. Booker’s work is visually lyrical, revealing itself over time, instigating conversation. -- Phil Sanders

Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Hartt, Jörg Immendorff, Mel Kendrick, Barry Le Va, Markus Lüpertz, Jonathan Meese, Ciprian Mureșan, Norberto Nicola, Paulo Pasta, A.R. Penck, Dorothea Rockburne, Dieter Roth, Jorinde Voigt


April 1, 2023 - April 27, 2023
‘Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests’ Digging: Excavation, breaking or cutting off the surface. As with the quote from Irish poet Seamus Heaney, a writer digs with their pen, and artists with their tools. David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present a group show of artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the years. Through comparisons, the exhibition will encourage new visual and intellectual readings. The approach of creating trans-generational, cross-cultural, and multimedia juxtapositions has been the gallery’s underlying backbone for over thirty years. The ultra-individualistic performance artist, energetic writer, and important painter Jonathan Meese (German, b. 1970) will be presented beside the maverick, musician, poet, and artist Dieter Roth (German, 1930-1998). Both are multi-media artists with worldwide influence spanning generations. The movement and visual rhythms in Jorinde Voigt’s (German, b. 1977) diagrammatic work stems from her history as a musician. In her newest works, she begins with a sheet of paper, draws on it, then slices, cuts, and repositions it in multiple layers that become ripples of water dancing in the sea, full of movement. Voigt’s collage is installed beside Barry Le Va’s (American, 1941-2021) complex architectural installations and arrangements, which were created through a process of readjusting collage elements, much like a jazz musician searching for the right sound. The rearranging of forms is echoed by sculptor Mel Kendrick (American, b. 1949) who cuts apart a solid block of wood and rearranges loose elements to find the correct tension between the parts of his sculptural three-dimensional puzzle. The positive and negative playing with the forms becomes an intellectual game. David Hartt’s (Canadian, b. 1967) luscious platinum print, Olimpia, is a still from his film that features cellist Tomeka Reid at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut. This portrait of Tomeka, who wears a bronze helmet reminiscent of Brancusi and evokes Les Contes d’Hoffmann, in the context of the Glass House shows us once more how Hartt’s research-based work builds narratives on top of existing histories to renegotiate and reinvent the boundaries of historical perspective. Ian Hamilton Finlay’s (Scottish, 1925-2006) 1998 carved stone piece reverberates throughout the gallery with its text “Only Connect”, alluding to E.M. Forster’s book Howard’s End. Only through connecting can we live a purposeful life of intentional thought and genuine feeling. Finlay was a poet, philosopher, sculptor, and gardener who created one of the wonders of the world outside Edinburgh: Little Sparta, Finlay’s lifelong artwork (1966-2006) in the form of a cultivated 6-acre magical garden with pathways and streams meandering through the hilled landscape, interspersed with poetic texts on branches, plaques, and sculptures alluding to ancient and contemporary culture that open the mind to magnificent visions. The exhibition will also present two Brazilian artists whose work is rarely seen in North America. Both artists work with color, texture, and volume, but their media differs. Norberto Nicola (Brazilian, 1931-2007) subverted the flat form of tapestry work by twisting and braiding thread, wool, and mane in multidimensional compositions that suggest a background of geometry. The organic form of Nicola’s work is placed in conversation with Paulo Pasta’s (Brazilian, b. 1949) distinctly vivid palettes and precise lines. Pasta’s paintings are representations of imagined spaces, where parallel, perpendicular, or diagonal lines suggest a contemplative and metaphysical architecture. This exhibition will be followed by sculptures and installations by Chakaia Booker through the end of June.

Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt: The Match

February 17, 2023 - March 25, 2023
David Nolan Gallery is delighted to present Jorinde Voigt: The Match, the artist’s eighth solo show with the gallery, on view from February 17 through March 25, 2023. The exhibition will include Voigt’s newest project, consisting of highly reflective interlocking sculptures titled Dyads. Made between 2022 and 2023, these gold-plated stainless steel floor sculptures have never before been exhibited in America. Four of these sculptures will be on view in The Match alongside works on paper from the last decade, demonstrating Voigt’s ever-evolving investigations on space, time, and materials. While encompassing 10 years of the artist’s conceptual practice, The Match will stage two-dimensional works on paper with three-dimensional paper objects to interact in the space with metal sculptures, suggesting multiple readings of perception and movement, and showing deep connections among all the works. The rich gold surfaces of the large, freestanding sculptures reflect light and movement as we rotate around them and witness the endless possible permutations of the forms. The title, Dyad, refers to a theme that has been a constant in Voigt’s work—the duality between humans in philosophy, physics, and nature. Since her earliest years, through the medium of drawing, Voigt has devised a complex and highly developed system of articulating immaterial phenomena as visually engaging compositions. Suggesting the appearance of scientific diagrams or musical scores, these seemingly abstract arrangements encompass a very precise range of references. Voigt’s intuitive and expressive works evolve from rigorous meditative and observational processes that seek to capture the complexity and velocity of her environment through abstract configurations and systems that depict the intersection of one’s inner world, emotions, and memory with external conditions. Constantly engaging questions of perception, sensation, and presence, the artist has progressively expanded her expression beyond the medium of drawing to experiment with painterly elements, collage, design, and music. While the artist’s earlier work dealt with music, philosophy, and physics, it subsequently progressed to explore new realities and forms that repeat themselves in pairs and clusters, as in nature. The large drawings on view from Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy (2014) are visually sumptuous and reflect the artist’s newly discovered fascination with the reflection created by gold, copper, and silver leaf, which she augmented with intensely colored pastel and watercolor elements. For that body of work, Voigt took inspiration from the eponymous 1982 book by German sociologist Niklas Luhmann, which analyzed the evolution of love in Western Europe from the 17th century through modern societies. In keeping with her practice, she identified keywords and passages that would trigger intuitive associations, and she transposed the essential concepts into visual images. With scientific care, the artist handwrote annotations that served as references to particular chapters or passages in the book. Across the sheet, freehand ink lines connecting key elements constructed a matrix that defined Voigt’s spatial and temporal parameters. The Immersion and Immersive Integral drawings (2018) deal with how we perceive rather than exactly what we perceive. Voigt’s inquiry into the nature of perception seeks to develop the appropriate forms to understand the inner constitution of archetypal images, that which is behind what we see, and how such images might be experienced or shared collectively. The doughnut shape (torus) appears throughout the works in this series, a geometric form explored by French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan to illustrate his notion of “extimacy” (extimité), a neologism that combined the terms exterior (exterieur) and intimacy (intimité). Voigt’s landscapes of de-centered, ex-centric forms depict the unconscious as an inter-subjective rather than purely interior structure—something that although we may be immersed within will always remain outside of us, as something other, as Lacan writes in The Seminar: Book VII (1992), “something strange to me, although it is at the heart of me.” The luscious colors of Potential (2020) and The Sum and Me (2022) draw us into a world of constant change of natural phenomena. Voigt’s process began by hand dying each sheet of paper with a hue that corresponded to specific stimuli or emotion—in this case a midnight blue that has real-life associations (marine or cosmological phenomena, etc.)—to which Voigt’s meticulous notations, gold leaf applications, and gestural markings add a layer of visual coding that conveys an emotional meaning and lulls the viewer into a kind of dream state, at once familiar and otherworldly. In Ludwig van Beethoven - Opus 33, Nr. 6 (2020), the artist does not strive to illustrate or interpret the music; rather, she is more concerned with researching perception and “developing a way of writing that extracts the emotional spectrum inscribed in Beethoven’s scores”—in other words, to survey the invisible. This investigation progresses with Study of Reality (2021), Particella (2021), and Fugue (2021), where Voigt combines drawing and collage, mounting a three-dimensional collage onto mirror glass. While smaller in scale than most of her work, these works play with the viewer's perception and the changing effects of light by creating the illusion of infinite space across the depth of superimposed layers of paper and the reflections produced by the mirror in the background. Rhythm (2022) creates lines in three dimensions by slicing, cutting, repositioning, and layering colored paper and existing drawn lines into new configurations. Voigt’s experimentation evolves towards sculptural compositions, textured and graphic at times, or delicately shaped, such as the metal Dyads, where co-existing rhythms come together to organic units and the materials themselves yield questions about limitations, borders, and resilience, which can be expanded in scope to think more broadly about the interlocking rhythms of our world. Jorinde Voigt (b. 1977, Frankfurt am Main) is a leading conceptual artist based in Berlin. She studied with Katharina Sieverding at Universität de Künste, Berlin, graduating with her Master of Fine Arts in 2004. From 2014 to 2019, she taught at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, and today she is a Professor of Conceptual Drawing and Painting at University of Fine Arts Hamburg. She has participated in biennials worldwide, most notably the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2011); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Biennale de Lyon (2017); and Sharjah Biennial (2017). Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been presented by Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (2020); BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2020); The Menil Collection, Houston (2019); Horst Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg (2019); Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2017); Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2016); Kunsthalle Krems (2015); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2014); the Langen Foundation, Neuss (2013); Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (2010); as well as Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston (2022). Voigt’s work is included in the permanent collections of notable institutions worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthaus Zürich; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Bundeskunstsammlung, Bonn; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; Kunsthalle Praha Collection, Prague; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, among others


January 13, 2023 - February 11, 2023

Paulo Pasta

Paulo Pasta: Recent Paintings

November 4, 2022 - December 23, 2022
David Nolan Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new and recent paintings by Paulo Pasta, marking the Brazilian artist’s first presentation in all North America. Paulo Pasta has established himself as one of the prolific and revered painters of abstraction in his native Brazil. Pasta’s practice is dedicated to collapsing the passage of time into fields of color and geometries of lines and crosses. The elegant and poetic works are representations of imagined space, where parallel, perpendicular diagonal lines suggest a metaphysical architecture. Rendered in pastel hues of oil paint that the artist hand mixes to perfect tonality, the work recalls that of Mexican architect, Luis Barragán. Drawing endless inspiration from São Paulo, Pasta creates “landscapes” of a different type, mainly through memory. He considers his process synthetic, a sensitive imagining of invented and realized space. Pasta’s work draws from various art historical traditions in terms of aesthetic, color and motivation. From Morandi, came Pasta’s embrace of subtlety and simplicity, particularly in terms of color palette and chromatic variation; from Giotto, a fascination with the temporal suspension which emanates from his frescos. "To approach one of Pasta’s abstractions is to enter a world in which everything is simultaneously objective and entirely relational. His structures are created with an almost deadpan structure of interlocking planes, but the interaction of colours is such that they generate a marvelous vibration that makes the experience of looking at the work sensual and seductive. The rational and the sensual interact seamlessly in his compositions. In this dialogue between reason and feeling, Pasta is reflecting on one of the most distinctive aspects of the history of abstract art in Brazil." -Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, "Paulo Pasta: Between Landscape and Abstraction" Pasta holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Curitiba, Brazil (2019); Instituto Tomie Ohtake and Anexo Millan, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Galeria Carbono, São Paulo, Brazil, and Paulo Darzé, Salvador, Brazil (2017); Palazzo Pamphilj, Rome, Italy (2016); Galeria Millan, Anexo Millan and Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Sesc Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Centro Cultural Maria Antonia, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2008); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2006); among others. Pasta's work is featured in various collections, such as Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de la Universidad de São Paulo, Brazil; Museu Nacional de Belas Artes do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, USA; and Kunsthalle Berlin, Germany, amongst others.

Billy Al Bengston, Norman Bluhm, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Jim Dine, Rosalyn Drexler, Jean Dubuffet, Claire Falkenstein, Dan Flavin, Julio González, Joe Goode, Grace Hartigan, Alex Hay, Hans Hofmann, Robert Indiana, Alfred Jensen, Alex Katz, Paul Klee, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Richard Stankiewicz, Paul Thek, Bob Thompson, Andy Warhol

MAD WOMEN | Kornblee, Jackson, Saidenberg, and Ward | Art Dealers on Madison Avenue in the 1960s

September 8, 2022 - October 22, 2022
Curated by Damon Brandt and Valentina Branchini David Nolan Gallery is pleased to announce MAD WOMEN, an exhibition profiling pioneering women gallerists Jill Kornblee, Martha Jackson, Eleanore Saidenberg, Eleanor Ward, and their respective exhibition programs that flourished along Madison Avenue in the 1960s. During a complex and fraught decade in American history, each of these groundbreaking women became an essential and defining part of the contemporary cultural landscape, all of which remains relevant today. Madison Avenue, located on an Uptown-Downtown axis in Manhattan, is the ideal retail destination between the residential gold coasts and museums of Fifth and Park Avenues. Shops and galleries proliferated in the 1950s and 1960s along or close to Madison Avenue, forming a robust inter-connected community that catered to an expanding and inquisitive audience. Influential art critics Lawrence Alloway, John Ashbery, Dore Ashton, John Canaday, and Donald Judd were frequent Saturday afternoon visitors, moving amongst a fluid crowd of well-heeled clients and penniless young devotees of the more freewheeling Downtown art scene. Every Friday, The New York Times ran an expansive black and white patchwork quilt of printed ads, calling attention to the extraordinarily diverse array of the best of both European and American artistic creativity. It was in the midst of this fertile urban avenue of art and commerce that the Kornblee Gallery, Martha Jackson Gallery, Saidenberg Gallery, and Stable Gallery flourished. In 1955, Eleanore Saidenberg, no doubt over the protestations of her almost exclusively male competition, was awarded the sole representation of Picasso for North America. Armed with an already vibrant classical exhibition program that included Paul Klee, André Masson, Julio González, and Jean Dubuffet amongst others, throughout the 1960s she became an early inspiration, mentor, confidant and supporter of the neighboring Madison Avenue dealers working in the often more arduous and volatile contemporary art field. It was an extension of her character and the professional concern for her colleagues that she became a founding member of The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA). Jill Kornblee, a reserved and intense graduate of Bryn Mawr College, opened her first gallery in 1961, moving soon after to 58 East 79th Street, where she quickly earned a reputation for being a dealer of astute intellectual and aesthetic vision. She gave inaugural exhibitions to such maverick talents as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Dan Flavin, Rosalyn Drexler, and Alex Hay. Further down Madison Avenue, often dressed in Dior, Eleanor Ward reigned over Stable Gallery for close to twenty years with a similarly impressive roster of fresh talent, including Andy Warhol, Paul Thek, Marisol, and Joan Mitchell. Quoting Dore Ashton, “Eleanor [Ward] injected the art scene, which sometimes seemed a little bland, with a sense of urgency. Her decision, at a key time in American art, made Stable important.” Ward suddenly closed the gallery in 1970, when she felt “the art world had gotten too commercial. Although some dealers may get a ‘high’ from their sales, that aspect was far less interesting to me than discovering new artists, selecting work and installing the show itself.” Less than six blocks away from Ward, Martha Jackson worked her own brand of personality and magic, a kindred spirit to Ward and Kornblee in both her evangelical approach to being an artist-centric dealer and emotional commitment to cutting edge contemporary art. Early exhibitions of such future art world luminaries as John Chamberlain in 1960, Lucio Fontana in 1961, Louise Nevelson in 1963, and Bob Thompson in 1964 are just a part of this compelling story until her untimely death in 1969 at age 62. Where ultimately only four dealers became the necessary curatorial focus of this exhibition, it should be noted that there were a heartening number of other quality galleries run by women along Madison Avenue at that time: Grace Borgenicht, Antoinette Kraushaar, Helen Serger, Marian Willard, Virginia Zabriskie, Gertrude Stein, and even a young Paula Cooper (then under the name of Paula Johnson) either initiated, nurtured, or inherited serious and well considered programs that warrant acknowledgment. Jill Kornblee, Martha Jackson, Eleanore Saidenberg, and Eleanor Ward each possessed that essential talent of a keen and prescient eye working in tandem with an innovative and responsive approach to a business that was often as challenging as it was rewarding. Their shared passion and courage, exemplified by the advocacy and connoisseurship reflected in each of their exhibition programs, remain a testament to a tenacity and brilliance that is worthy of closer attention. In a curatorial celebration of the very artists that helped define their respective legacies, it is our pleasure to bring these four women together, examine their extraordinary careers, and highlight the connective tissue that bound them together in a special time and place.

Bill Bollinger, Peter Gourfain, Barry Le Va, Brice Marden, David Rabinowitch, Dorothea Rockburne, Paul Sharits, Richard Van Buren, Joe Zucker

A Tribute to Klaus Kertess' Bykert Gallery 1966-75, Part II

June 9, 2022 - July 29, 2022
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present the second iteration of our homage to Klaus Kertess’ Bykert Gallery, which runs from June 9 through July 29. Bykert Gallery, which existed in the same building as the current David Nolan Gallery, operated from 1966 to 1975. The gallery’s program and exhibitions were led by the formidable curatorial eye of Klaus Kertess, who went on to hold positions at the Parrish Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Though the gallery’s doors remained open less than a decade, its impact on the New York art scene was vast, showcasing the then emerging talents of Lynda Benglis, Chuck Close, Brice Marden, Barry Le Va and Dorothea Rockburne. Evidenced by the decorated careers and accomplishments of these artists, Kertess had an uncanny ability to spot and nurture talent, even though the work was considered radical and risky at the time. The second installation of this show intends to shed light on other artists in the Bykert stable, with an emphasis on the work of Bill Bollinger. Bollinger’s sculpture activates the readymade tradition using a variety of materials like water, stone, wood, pipe and containers to directly express force – particularly gravity – and process. Given their extemporaneous nature, much of Bollinger’s sculpture pieces are reconstructed for the purpose of this exhibition. Thus, the artist’s drawings remain the most enduring and direct exposition of his ideas. In addition to a group of untitled “horizon line drawings,” two never shown stencil drawings are exhibited: Bollinger’s thesis drawing I Am Gravity, and Gravity’s Grey Eminence Among the Councils of the Living Stone, quoting from Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow. One sculpture centers the exhibition. Isa’s Flower, first exhibited in Water is life and like art it finds its own level, Bollinger’s 1970 solo exhibition at Galleria Sperone, is installed in the gallery alongside the certificate drawing for the barrel/water pieces in the early Sperone show. Bill Bollinger’s investigations of materiality, temporality and commodity were challenging, daring, and largely influential. The presentation and selection of Bollinger’s work is curated with the assistance of Mitchell Algus. The exhibition will also display the conceptual symbiosis that links Bill Bollinger and Barry Le Va, creating a formal and aesthetic through line.

David Hartt

Et in Arcadia Ego

April 22, 2022 - June 3, 2022
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by David Hartt entitled "Et in Arcadia Ego". The show at the gallery runs concurrently with the artist’s project at The Glass House in New Canaan, CT. The exhibition at the gallery opens April 22 and runs through June 3. The exhibition is made up of a new film, poster, tapestry, sculpture, and platinum print. Hartt’s film "Et in Arcadia Ego", commissioned by The Glass House, responds to Philip Johnson’s mid-century modern residence and the surrounding landscape. All works in the show are further explorations of Hartt's ethos; he does not seek to obscure, negate or rewrite history, rather to renegotiate its boundaries to invent and permit new pathways and realities.

Julia Fish

Threshold/s with Hearth

March 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022
Julia Fish’s continued investigation into the architecture of her home and studio in Chicago provides the provisional context for the works on view. The titles of the paintings are rife with architectural reference: ‘plan’ suggesting the diagrammatic, intricate renderings relate to some three-dimensional ‘threshold’, the barrier of entry or exit between two individualized spaces, which becomes a whole. These signifiers are certainly clues, but to understand Fish’s practice means to decode the motifs, theories of color and light at play that are uniquely her own, allowing her to reverse engineer the construction of space. Fish subverts traditional architectural protocol, “working from house to plan”. The goal is not to create a facsimile that is purely accurate in a mathematical and logistical sense, but images that are subjective and intimate to reconstitute and expand the definitions of a ‘studio’, a ‘home’. In the wake of the pandemic lockdowns where periods of confinement prompted a heightened awareness of the place we call home, the works on view feel particularly potent and affecting. Fish’s exploration of chromatic spectra considers the issue of perception: the basic, foundational concept that colors are relational and define one another. Tonal gradation and complimentary placement create harmony and tension respectively. Fish harnesses the coding potential of color to represent directional, designated space and in effect, light. The complex systems embedded in Fish’s schematic paintings act as a key or a visual language. A demonstrated interest in processional narrative of the Renaissance predella, the multi-panel paintings of an altarpiece, where words fail and images communicate a sequence of events and passage of time, informs the structure and function of the works on view. In translating walls, floors, thresholds and the bricks and matter they are comprised of, Fish’s works both boom and whisper with synergistic melody. The reference to ‘scores’, the musical equivalent of a ‘plan’, recalls the rhythm and optical vibration that would invigorate Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43). The canvases pulse as they delineate into upper and lower registers. The ‘Hearth project’, conceptualized and realized by the artist, follows a thread of site-specificity inherent to all of Fish’s work. The gallery’s move to the Upper East Side in 2020 created opportunities for provocative installations that considered the relationship of the distinct architecture of the space with the hanging and positioning of artworks. Embracing this challenge, Fish was intrigued by the hearth, the area in front of the fireplace where she would designate her installation. The intervention, as she would call it, applies the same aforementioned system of color coding, based on spatial directionality, to establish formal links between the paintings, the room where they are displayed and the artist’s studio/home.

Richard Artschwager


March 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022
In the adjacent gallery is a presentation of drawings by Richard Artschwager made in the mid 1970s. Six objects would be the source of Artschwager’s multi-decade obsession: Door, Window, Table, Basket, Mirror, Rug. His compulsion to render these interior things would prompt drawings, paintings, objects and multiples, illustrating the extent of his preoccupation. Notably, his installation Six in Four, commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Renzo Piano designed structure, would attempt to investigate the six objects in the span of four elevators. In each study, he would exaggerate perspective, surface and scale in different ways, often to comical, absurd effect. Artschwager analyses these architectural objects with the same unending devotion of Fish, albeit with his signature wry wit and surrealist humor.

Rodrigo Moynihan

The Studio Paintings, 1970s & 1980s

January 20, 2022 - March 5, 2022
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to announce the gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by Rodrigo Moynihan, Studio Paintings, 1970s & 1980s, which will be on view from January 20 through March 5, 2022. A catalogue with text by John Yau accompanies the exhibition. Rodrigo Moynihan was born in Tenerife, Spain in 1910 to a Spanish mother and an English father. Moynihan would spend much of his adult life in London, where he established himself as the premiere portrait painter in the United Kingdom, which led to his appointment as the head of painting at the Royal College of Art. Under Moynihan’s auspices, the Royal College became the hub of the British art world, as Francis Bacon occupied Moynihan’s studio, and Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake and David Hockney were students. Showing in London, Paris and New York, his paintings would oscillate between abstraction and figuration, but always prioritized the medium itself, emphasizing painterly strokes and deft gesture. In the early 1970’s, Moynihan began making a series of still lifes comprised of tools of a painter’s trade haphazardly strewn on tables and shelves. Of these works the artist said: “It was especially important to me not to arrange the still life so as to form a pictorial grouping—a picture. I wanted the objects to be found…so that the dictionary words of describing an object disappear. I wanted to paint them because they looked like that—without my intervention—having arranged themselves like that in that particular light.” Adopting the form of a tondo, Roman Head, Bottles & Paint Tubes presents these such items, not as props, painstakingly placed in a strategic arrangement, but instead in their natural resting state as Moynihan would encounter them each day. While the use of circle shaped canvas dates back to the Renaissance, the effect on Moynihan’s compositions is like that of a telescope, honing in on specific areas of a larger scene. The artist’s mastery of natural light is evident in the subtle hues of grey that characterize the background and the glinting liquid-filled bottles that sit atop a shelf. The condition of Moynihan’s subjects, nearly empty, crumpled, half-used, weathered, signify there is life before and after the moment captured in the paintings. Alongside these works, Moynihan painted numerous self-portraits, recording himself reflected in a mirror. The gold edge of the mirror acts as both a framing device and a compositional element; it changes angle and migrates throughout each canvas. These self-portraits show a contemplative painter in his later years, inextricably bound to his medium and life’s work. They also connect him with Diego Velázquez, whose court paintings were filled with humanity and physicality, and who notably recorded his own presence in his masterpiece, Las Meninas. Looking at Summer Interior, we see the painter at work, easel in hand before his canvas, starting outward into the mirror. Shirtless and nonchalant in the hot seasonal air, bathed in tonal yellow sunlight, his gaze appears unflinching as he depicts his own semblance. As the viewer’s eyes meet his, we briefly consider that we are the sitters, until the mirror grounds the composition and implies we are merely spectators happening upon a candid, private instance in the studio. There is a quiet confidence in Moynihan’s brushstroke, particularly in these mature paintings, that renders the canvases instinctual, where his personhood and profession are one and the same, defined by each other. But perhaps what draws the contemporary viewer to Moynihan’s work is not its connection to disciplines of time past, rather how it reassesses the terms and principles of the medium, such as composition, subject and light. Moynihan’s canvases lack pretention, favoring swift gesture over tireless reworking, suggesting that these objects and even himself, are only temporarily frozen, forever shifting, moving and eventually, ceasing to be. As the objects and Moynihan move in and out of frame, we’re forced to consider where they go. People age, paint tubes go empty, newspapers are discarded, nothing is untouched by the hands of time.

Dorothea Rockburne

Giotto's Angels & Knots

October 15, 2021 - December 23, 2021
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to announce the gallery's first solo exhibition with Dorothea Rockburne entitled "Giotto's Angels and Knots". The show will feature four new bodies of work: the Trefoils, the Blue Collages, the Angels and the Giotto Drawings as well as two free-standing sculptures.

Jorinde Voigt

Trust and Rain

August 26, 2021 - October 2, 2021

Richard Artschwager, Charles Burchfield, Thomas Hart Benton, Steve DiBenedetto, John Dilg, Walker Evans, Julia Fish, George Grosz, Nate Lowman, Jack Pierson, Ugo Rondinone, Serena Stevens, Joseph Yoakum

The American Landscape

August 26, 2021 - October 2, 2021

Lynda Benglis, Chuck Close, Robert Duran, Ralph Humphrey, Barry Le Va, David Novros, Brice Marden, Paul Mogensen, Deborah Remington, Dorothea Rockburne, Alan Saret, Richard Van Buren, Joe Zucker

13 Artists: A Tribute to Klaus Kertess' Bykert Gallery, 1966-75

June 3, 2021 - July 30, 2021
David Nolan Gallery is delighted to present 13 Artists: A Tribute to Klaus Kertess’ Bykert Gallery 1966-75. The exhibition includes work by Lynda Benglis, Chuck Close, Robert Duran, Ralph Humphrey, Barry Le Va, Brice Marden, Paul Mogensen, David Novros, Deborah Remington, Dorothea Rockburne, Alan Saret, Richard Van Buren and Joe Zucker. David Nolan Gallery currently occupies the same building as the indelible Bykert Gallery once did, where the spirit of an artist-centric, exhibition-forward space continue to guide the program.

Mel Kendrick, David Hartt and Wardell Milan

April 15, 2021 - May 29, 2021
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent works by Mel Kendrick, David Hartt and Wardell Milan. The presentation augments and creates a dialogue between current and forthcoming institutional exhibitions by the artists: a career-spanning traveling survey of Mel Kendrick’s work is currently on view at the Addison Museum of American Art in Andover, MA; Hartt’s work is included in the landmark exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Glass House, New Canaan, CT; and Wardell Milan will be the subject of his first museum solo exhibition at the Bronx Museum, opening in June 2021.

Jonathan Meese


February 4, 2021 - March 27, 2021
New paintings, sculptures and works on paper

Brígida Baltar, Monica Bonvicini, Chakaia Booker, Hana Miletić, Gabriela Salazar

As Above, So Below

December 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present "As Above, So Below,” a group exhibition featuring Brígida Baltar, Monica Bonvicini, Chakaia Booker, Hana Miletić, and Gabriela Salazar. The exhibition gathers five international artists active across disparate media and disciplines, united in their unwavering commitment to materials and paradoxical potential for transformation and regeneration.

Barry Le Va

October 9, 2020 - November 20, 2020
Widely recognized as a leading figure of Postminimalism alongside peers Bruce Nauman, Dorothea Rockburne, Richard Serra, and Robert Smithson, among others, Barry Le Va’s influential and elusive practice emerged in the mid-to-late 1960’s in stark contrast to the monolithic, geometrically rigid, and stagnant sculpture of the time, instead championed transience and impermanence, and favored soft, humble materials, twisted and clustered, and deeply invested in physics, psychology, and architecture. Le Va’s sculptural works are generally the result of an active process of distributing, spilling, scattering, blowing, layering, dropping, and throwing. The distribution of materials allows them to unfold in situ, in sequence and in relation to other conditions, over time. Le Va’s dispersals ultimately push the notion of sculpture to its formal limits: "To eliminate sculpture as a finished, totally resolved object. To eliminate a sense of wholeness and concentrate on parts, fragments, incomplete activities and structures. To emphasize transitional stages of an activity or many activities with no foreseen end…I had to eliminate a contained mass – expand it, extend it…Real time, real space, real locations, real reasons.”

Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt: The State of Play

March 18, 2020 - May 2, 2020

Group exhibition

Duchamp Threads the Needle

February 6, 2020 - March 14, 2020
Rita Ackermann, Robert Arneson, Mike Bidlo, Theaster Gates, Liam Gillick, Kim Jones, Juul Kraijer, Michael Landy, Sherrie Levine, Andrew Mania, Christian Marclay, Robert Morris, Richard Pettibone, Analia Saban, Michael St. John, Jean Tinguely, Mark Wallinger, Robert Watts, and Andrea Zittel.

Wardell Milan

A Project by Wardell Milan: The Balcony

February 6, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Barry Le Va

Barry Le Va: Part One. Drawings 1967 - 2017

November 14, 2019 - February 1, 2020
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present Barry Le Va: Part One. Drawings 1967-2017, a survey of works on paper spanning 50 years, on view through February 1, 2020. This is Le Va’s thirteenth solo exhibition at the gallery. Part Two: Sculpture will open in the spring of 2020. Barry Le Va (b. 1941, Long Beach, California) is regarded as one of the leading figures of Postminimalism and Process Art, and is recognized alongside peers Bruce Nauman, Dorothea Rockburne, Richard Serra, and Robert Smithson. Since the beginning of Le Va’s career in the 1960s he has consistently defied the traditional concept of sculpture as a contained stagnant form, instead championing chance and impermanence, and continuously responding to the environment around him. In Part One, we will present five decades of ceaseless innovation highlighting drawing as an equal half of Le Va’s artistic practice.

Wars: 20th and 21st Centuries

September 12, 2019 - November 2, 2019

And What About Photography?

June 20, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Wardell Milan

Parisian Landscapes, Blue Zenith

April 19, 2019 - June 1, 2019

The Eighties

February 28, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Richard Artschwager

Self-Portraits and the American Southwest

January 10, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Darboven, Le Va, Rockburne, Sandback, Saret, Sonnier

Drawing Space: 1970-1983

November 1, 2018 - December 21, 2018

Ian Hamilton Finlay

"The garden became my study"

September 13, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Parentheses: University of Pennsylvania MFA exhibition curated by David Hartt and Sharon Hayes

June 28, 2018 - July 26, 2018

Jorinde Voigt


May 4, 2018 - June 23, 2018