© Eric Fischl
Eric Fischl: "Best Western", 1983
Oil on canvas, 108 x 77 1/2 inches

American Standard
(Para)Normality and Everyday Life

Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Bechtle, Vija Celmins, John Currin, Tim Davis, Keith Edmier, Eric Fischl, Maureen Gallace, Robert Gober, Todd Haynes, Edward Hopper, Bill Owens, Charles Ray, Joel Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Steven Spielberg, Joel Sternfeld, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Henry Wessel

Barbara Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition organized by Gregory Crewdson which traces a tradition in American art that explores the intersection of everyday life and theatricality. The artists included in the exhibition combine a realist aesthetic sensibility with a highly orchestrated interplay of cinematic lighting and color, dislocations in scale, and other defamiliarizing special effects. The resulting collision between the normal and the paranormal produces a tension that transforms the topology of the American landscape into a place of wonder and anxiety.

In order to fully express the breadth and continuity of this aesthetic tradition, the exhibition brings together historical and contemporary works of art in a variety of mediums and genres. In these works, the American vernacular is rendered with an extraordinary clarity of light and color that can be traced to the work of Edward Hopper, the pioneer of the tradition, whose painting Freight Cars, Gloucester is included in the exhibition. The exhibition also features paintings by Robert Bechtle, Vija Celmins, John Currin, Eric Fischl and Maureen Gallace; sculpture by Robert Gober, Keith Edmier and Joel Shapiro; photography by Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Tim Davis, Bill Owens, Charles Ray, Cindy Sherman, Joel Sternfeld, Stephen Shore, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Henry Wessel; and production imagery by filmmakers Todd Haynes and Steven Spielberg. Although their works vary widely in style and practice, these artists share a realist aesthetic, an exceptional refinement of craft, and a common aspiration to find latent, otherworldly beauty in everyday people and places.

A fully-illustrated catalogue with a text by Michael Tolkin accompanies the exhibition ($20).

Ausstellungsdauer: 26.6. - 16.8.2002
Oeffnungszeiten: Mo-Fr 10 - 18 Uhr

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