Curated by Karen Wilkin
55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014
April 25 – May 10, 2020
Opening Reception: April, 25, 3 – 5 pm
Light of Day: The Language of Landscape is an exhibition investigating the landscape as experienced by twelve contemporary artists.
The long and rich history of western landscape painting was paced by such extraordinary painters as Claude Lorrain, Jacob van Ruisdael, Albert Ryder, and Henri Matisse. We inhabit a different era; in our day, an ambitious painter may question not only the relevance of representational painting, but even the value of earnest expression itself.
Light of Day: The Language of Landscape arose from brainstorming sessions among a handful of NYC-based painters in the fall of 2017. Although coming from a variety of backgrounds, the participating artists share a common passion for the spaces and light of our environment. While cognizant of both great tradition and postmodernist thinking, they fully embrace the landscape of our time. They seek to combine two often contradictory forces: the energies of colors on a palette, and the vital spaces and gestures of the surrounding world. This is not an easy challenge, but their love for nature provides the impetus, and traditions provide precedents; land can indeed be made to meet sky—and pathways to recede, trees to rise, and clouds to loom—with a power and eloquence unique to painting.