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In 1980, Peter Blum created Peter Blum Edition where he was among the first print publishers to work with artists including Louise Bourgeois, Eric Fischl, and James Turrell. In 1993, Blum opened a permanent exhibition space on Wooster Street in New York called Peter Blum SoHo which hosted exhibitions of artists in various media including Francesco Clemente, Yayoi Kusama, and Robert Ryman. In 2006, Blum opened an additional space in Chelsea. In 2013, Blum then moved his galleries to 20 West 57th Street where he mounted solo exhibitions that included Helmut Federle, David Reed, and Nathaniel Dorsky. Most recently in 2017, Blum moved the gallery downtown to a 7,000 square foot space at 176 Grand Street. Solo exhibitions have included John Zurier, Alex Katz, Joyce J. Scott, and Nicholas Galanin.
Artists Represented:
Kamrooz Aram
Louise Bourgeois
Nathaniel Dorsky
Paul Fägerskiöld
Helmut Federle
Nicholas Galanin
Alex Katz
Yayoi Kusama
Esther Kläs
Erik Lindman
The Estate of Chris Marker
Agnes Martin
Luisa Rabbia
David Rabinowitch
David Reed
Joyce J. Scott
Sonja Sekula
Su-Mei Tse
Robert Zandvliet
John Zurier
Rebecca Ward
Works Available By:
Louise Bourgeois
Yayoi Kusama
Agnes Martin
Robert Ryman

 

 
Alex Katz: Three Paintings, 2017
John Zurier: Stars Without Distance, 2017
Joyce J. Scott: What Next and Why Not, 2018
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Online Programming

Kamrooz Aram, Sarah Crowner, Suzan Frecon, Patricia Treib, Rebecca Ward

Field of Vision



Field of Vision brings together a group of five artists who are acutely sensitive to formal play in creating their own distinct painterly languages. Emphasizing the continued malleable nature of painting as a practice, each artist uses deep material knowledge in their innovative approaches to the medium, allowing for the works to be read intuitively and sensorially.

Group Exhibition

Abstracting Representation



Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present "Abstracting Representation," an online group exhibition that brings together individual paintings and drawings spanning from 1949-2020 by seven artists: Paul Fägerskiöld, Helmut Federle, Alex Katz, Esther Kläs, David Rabinowitch, David Reed, and John Zurier. Although from diverse backgrounds and generations, each artist demonstrates through these works their unique visions of abstraction that emerge from representational elements and influences, whether they be architecture, landscape, Baroque art, or the human form.

 
Current Exhibition

Kamrooz Aram

Elusive Ornament



September 17, 2022 - November 11, 2022
Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Kamrooz Aram entitled, Elusive Ornament at 176 Grand Street, New York. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 5 - 7pm. The exhibition runs through November 11, 2022. A new monograph of the artist’s work will coincide with the exhibition. Elusive Ornament brings together a group of new paintings, collages, and sculptural works that continue Kamrooz Aram’s exploration of the relationship between painting and ornament, and his renegotiation of art historical hierarchies that place the so-called "decorative arts" beneath the fine arts. Working primarily as a painter, over the past decade Aram has expanded his practice to include sculpture and collage, and he has employed wall-painting as a form of exhibition design to unify these various media in his exhibitions. Included in the exhibition are paintings from the artist’s Arabesque series. Aram uses this vague term both critically and with purpose, inviting viewers to reconsider the art historical canon that has reduced such a wide variety of forms into a single word that refers to the multitude of cultures identified as Arab—the Iranian-American artist himself is often misidentified as Arab. These considerations are echoed in his process: Aram negotiates the composition of his paintings through additive and subtractive mark-making. Each of these paintings begins with a grid upon which the artist draws with oil crayon, wiping down his marks with solvent and rags and redrawing and repainting it until he achieves a desired composition. Through a conflation of figure and ground, Aram creates compositions that are at once ornamentalized, and at the same time resist superfluous form. In his collages and sculptural works, Aram expands his painting practice to engage the so-called "decorative arts" more directly. Working with a variety of ceramic objects whose origins are obscured, he creates displays that reference the aesthetics of encyclopedic museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He builds an interdependence between object, mechanisms of display, and painting-as-backdrop, while considering the painted “pedestals” as sculptural paintings that are not merely functional objects. Aram’s collages incorporate the pages of art historical publications into painted compositions in a similar manner as the sculptures, inviting viewers to consider the photographed objects as contemporary images rather than relying purely on a nostalgic veneration of objects from the past.

 
Past Exhibitions

Nicholas Galanin

It Flows Through



May 7, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent work by Nicholas Galanin entitled, It Flows Through at 176 Grand Street, New York. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, from 5-7pm, and the exhibition runs through July 22nd, 2022. Nicholas Galanin (b. 1979, Sitka, Alaska) works at the intersection of conceptual and material practice, rooted in his Tlingit and Unangax̂ culture. Applying his creative agency in diverse media, Galanin celebrates cultural continuum, contradicts colonialism, and fights cultural erasure. Commenting on the exhibition, It Flows Through, he writes: “The exhibition speaks to persistence. The persistence of our connections to land and culture through continuum and memory, flowing through us, embedded in our bodies, our languages, and our art. These connections flow like water in varied ways, from gentle imperceptible movements to sudden forces, each capable of moving, shaping, and wearing down stone.” This determination is related through the highly visible and unapologetically Indigenous presence of the work that creates conversations of possibilities alongside refusals. The exhibition aims to elicit reactions to Indigenous persistence and prominence, and the way this is met: whether it is ignored, imagined, used, or punished. In World Clock, a monotype depiction of The New York Times reports on the return of Manhattan to the Lenape. The continued rejection of this action is visualized below the monotype through a growing accumulation of newspapers added daily that relate a continuous stream of other news. The set of copper lockpicking tools entitled, Purchase, and the painted deer hide entitled, Architecture of return, escape (The British Museum), present a repudiation of the continued theft, containment, occupation, and erasure of Indigenous objects and culture, while also suggesting alternative actions and potentialities. With the installation, Anax̱ Yaa Nadéin (it is flowing through it), a wall of varied baskets is transformed into a police lineup of possible offenders. Confronting viewers, it evokes how Indigenous people’s insistence on agency, protection, and return can be cast as criminal. With Ascension, an Indonesian-produced curio totem has been milled into numerous boards, and then reconstructed into a ladder complete with stylized wings. The sculpture reflects on the connections between imaginings of culture, and the theft and use of culture as a tool for enforcing and advancing hierarchical structures. Adept at conversing with multiple audiences through various media, Galanin’s practice is steeped in self-awareness and reflection. He challenges institutionalized authority and those who subscribe to it with persistence and the knowledge that “those institutions only rest on stone foundations.”

Rebecca Ward

infinite plane



March 19, 2022 - April 30, 2022
Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Rebecca Ward of new paintings entitled, infinite plane. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. There will be an opening reception at 176 Grand Street, New York on Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 1-6pm. The exhibition runs through April 30, 2022. Rebecca Ward has continually investigated painting’s multifaceted relationships with object, craft, and dimensionality through her deconstructed and sewn canvases that have come to define her practice. Emphasizing materiality and process, a distinct visual language and formal ambiguity permeates the artist’s paintings, arising from diverse sources of inspiration. In the exhibition’s new series of polychromatic, horizontal paintings, formal elements and tones have developed from recent experiences and investigations into geometry, body, and the link between the two. Ward has expanded her vernacular to include more curving and organic forms alongside the hard-edged, stemming from the influence of geometry textbooks and eclipse maps to Albrecht Dürer’s anatomical graphs and her own recent pregnancy. Although not direct depictions, she connects painting with both the corporeal and the mathematical, and these elements have coalesced into a spatial play of specific proportions and tones, meticulously prepared digitally before being converted to a more craft-oriented and physical process. Ward converges cut planes of painted and dyed canvas at machine-sewn seams that both physically combine and graphically divide the works. Creating exuberant environments of grassy greens, silky violets, or variegated maroons, foreground and background are accentuated by lighter washes or raw canvas contrasting with saturated tones. These sections give way to an unraveling of the overall picture at the bottom of the paintings where she painstakingly removes sections of horizontal threads. Revealing and obscuring the underlying stretcher bars, Ward emphasizes the multidimensional structure of painting and highlights the geometrical elements that make it possible. The paintings create a panoramic effect installed together within the exhibition while each composition individually asserts its own unique internal logic and character.

Esther Kläs

Come Again



January 29, 2022 - March 26, 2022

Chris Marker

Chris Marker:100



November 20, 2021 - January 21, 2022

John Zurier

The Future of Ice



September 7, 2021 - November 13, 2021
Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by John Zurier entitled, The Future of Ice. This is the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. There will be an opening reception at 176 Grand Street, New York on Saturday, September 18 from 1-6pm. The exhibition runs through November 13, 2021.

Robert Zandvliet

Anatomy of Color



March 20, 2021 - May 15, 2021
Throughout Robert Zandvliet’s oeuvre, his paintings created primarily in egg tempera have depicted subjects including abstracted landscapes and quotidian objects. Zandvliet’s characteristically muted and dense palette has largely been a result of his chosen imagery. To gain more insight into his own use of color, Zandvliet’s newest series of paintings entitled, Anatomy of Color probes the properties and essence of color itself. The artist began these investigations into color theory by concentrating on the lectures of Rudolf Steiner, and specifically the philosopher’s assertion that color is under no circumstances ever real, but always an image of something more tangible. Departing from Zandvliet’s usual approach, the artist now aims to find what he terms “the color’s body,” or the shape in which a particular color is optimally manifested. In the seven new paintings of the exhibition, each one in the same large-format of 84 x 106 inches (213 x 270 cm), Zandvliet takes a single color as its starting point and develops a unique approach in finding its ideal form. In Tangerine, the artist visualizes the color orange through the form of a sun set adrift among clouds of unpainted linen, while in Bumblebee the blur of a speeding taxi creates a diagonal band of yellow in motion, and in Azure a vivid blue sky is crisscrossed with two condensation trails and a corner of architecture forming a distinctive perspective. These works intend to heighten the capacity to interpret and perceive the form of color.

Helmut Federle

Basics on Composition



January 16, 2021 - March 13, 2021
Helmut Federle has developed a body of work over four decades that is characterized by both painterly and geometric imagery rooted in spirituality, symbolism, and a closeness to nature. He engages in the tradition of geometric abstraction, renewing and expanding it, exploring the relationship between figure and ground, between order and disorder, between movement and stillness. Federle began exploring the “reclining H” in 1979 while living in New York, using the first letter of his first name as its basic, now iconic, form. Subsequently he created the series primarily in 1992 and 1993 entitled, Basics on Composition. He has resumed the series since 2019. Each of the variations in the series measure 15 ¾ x 19 ¾ inches (40 x 50 cm) and emit their own unique, emotional presences. The bars of the “reclining H” and the two squares that result from it as open ends on the left and right become individualized, equivalent geometric surfaces that repeatedly reverse the traditional figure-ground relationship and deny balance and cohesion. Gestural entries, both in the dark bars and in the typically yellow, green, or yellow-green squares, formulate among the defined edges, sometimes lyrically and sometimes defiantly. Many of the paintings have subtitles that do not reference their content, rather they are associations and stimuli in Federle’s life which accompanies and determines his work. Federle defines his painting as “vegetative” and “climatic" applying this to the interplay of color and form that are characteristic of his seminal work.

Luisa Rabbia

From Mitosis to Rainbow



November 7, 2020 - January 9, 2021
Luisa Rabbia blends the distinctions made between the human and the natural, expressing solidarity with the cosmos through the organic, bodily landscapes of her expansive paintings. The scale of Rabbia’s paintings suits the themes she explores, oftentimes depicting overlapping abstracted figures joining and breaking apart, seemingly overcoming their physicality. In the exhibition she alludes to interconnected natural processes such as mitosis, forming a thread between microcosms and macrocosms and interweaving them in a nebulous primordial state. Continually in flux and transforming like a rainbow, her forms created in expressive hues also evoke spiritual transitions. Upon closer viewing and bringing this substantial work to a more intimate level, her physical and intuitive process becomes visible with its rhythmically scraped paint, the stratification of pencil marks, and imprints of fingertips. Rabbia alludes to the minute traces that each person leaves over the course of a lifetime, yet simultaneously asserts an expansive and interconnected vision of a wider universe. Image caption: Luisa Rabbia, Whole, 2019,colored pencil, pastel, acrylic and oil on canvas, 118 x 53 inches (300 x 134.5 cm) Viewing room: https://www.peterblumgallery.com/viewing-room/luisa-rabbia

Erik Lindman

Fal/Parsi



September 12, 2020 - October 31, 2020
Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Erik Lindman entitled, "Fal/Parsi" at 176 Grand Street, New York. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 12, from 10am - 6pm by appointment. Please email, call, or book online to arrange a viewing time. Since the beginning of his artistic practice, Erik Lindman’s incorporation of anonymous found surfaces as compositional elements in painting has occupied a central place in his work. Reinterpreting and repurposing cast-aside materials such as shards of steel or canvas webbing, he combines a variation of surfaces in a cascade of decisions with a focus on scale and negative space. Lindman lays down and builds up marks and gestures, ultimately articulating value and attention while asserting the materiality and tactile nature of each painterly composition. His topographical surfaces become the final result of what is buried beneath them, and upon closer inspection, layers of paint reveal further color and traces of discarded elements. As Lindman states, his practice and methods are the most efficient means he has discovered to create a space of reflection and contemplation for viewers to generate their own meanings. Underpinning the exhibition is the allusion to the myth of the Arthurian knight Parsifal and his quest for the Holy Grail. The title "Fal/Parsi" literally means “Pure Fool” in the Arabic origin of the name. As Lindman comments, “I see the ‘Pure Fool’ as an analogy for the painter of modern life, the artist who can only manage to take a stab at creation through ignorance of its futility, and yet paradoxically because of this serves as a vital channel.” His practice with its inherent content and subject matter intends to add to the complex discourse of abstract painting for his own generation and time. Lindman pursues a new mediation of abstract traditions, both original and eclectic, while instilling subjective importance into his multifaceted process. Erik Lindman (b. 1985, New York) lives and works in New York. He earned his BA from Columbia College, Columbia University in 2007 and received a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship in 2006. Lindman was honored at the Hirshhorn Museum’s "Artist x Artist Gala" in 2019. He has also received The Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts from Columbia University in 2007, and has also received an Ellen B. Stoeckel Fellowship for Yale Norfolk School of Art in 2006. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Kunstalle in Freiburg, Switzerland, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, White Columns in New York, le 109 in Nice, France, Kaviar Factory in Henningsvær, Norway, and Foundation Hippocrène in Paris, France among others.

Nicholas Galanin

Carry a Song / Disrupt an Anthem



January 24, 2020 - March 28, 2020
Nicholas Galanin works from his experience as a Tlingit and Unangax̂ artist, simultaneously exploring his Indigenous identity and contemporary art practice. With a keen observation of past and present, Galanin exposes intentionally obscured collective memory and barriers to the acquisition of knowledge while celebrating the resilience and strength of Indigenous people and their culture. As Galanin says, the exhibition’s title implies that "to carry the songs of Indigenous people, to carry the songs of the land, is inherently disruptive of the national anthem." Expressing his art through sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, and textile-based work, Galanin asserts cultural, political, and creative sovereignty for Indigenous people. Galanin’s contemporary practice builds upon an Indigenous artistic continuum and responsibility to the land, thereby contributing urgent criticality and vision through resonant and layered works.

Su-Mei Tse

In the (very) beginning



November 21, 2019 - January 18, 2020
Su-Mei Tse is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary work contemplates existence, notions of time, and rhythm. She expresses life questions by capturing fleeting moments of memories and feelings through various media including photography, sculpture, film, and installation. Impressions in everyday existence whether they be a passing thought, transitory state, or a visual or auditory experience are lyrically translated in her work. Tse was initially trained as a classical cellist before completing visual arts studies. This leads her to reflect on the nature of music and self, while the perception of visual and auditory elements remain central to her work. The artist’s practice is not solely seen and heard, but it is felt. In the new film Shaping, Tse presents an ongoing act of clay being formed by hand and then dissolving, accompanied by a soundtrack based on low frequencies. This is not towards a final result, but to demonstrate continual movements creating an endless choreography. Similarly responding to her background of Chinese and British descent, Tse offers contemplations of cultural variance stemming from her own relationship between East and West.

John Zurier

North from Here



September 27, 2019 - November 9, 2019

Paul Fägerskiöld

Flatlands



March 22, 2019 - May 11, 2019

David Rabinowitch

Périgord Construction of Vision Drawings



January 18, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Esther Kläs

Second Future



November 16, 2018 - January 12, 2019

Joyce J. Scott

What Next and Why Not



September 27, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Detail of "Harriet Tubman as Buddha," 2017, plastic and glass beads, metal, thread, yarn and rocks, 40 x 25 x 15 inches (101.6 x 63.5 x 38.1 cm)

Excavation



June 7, 2018 - July 27, 2018
Installation of "Excavation" (Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard)

Daniel Rich

Never Forever



April 13, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Daniel Rich,"Athens," 2017 acrylic on Dibond 80 x 80 inches (203.2 x 203.2 cm)

Luisa Rabbia

Death&Birth



February 9, 2018 - April 7, 2018
Detail of "Birth", 2017, colored pencil, fingerprint, acrylic on canvas, 108 x 202 inches (274.3 x 513.1 cm)