The Magic Flute
November 16 - December 22, 2012

This group exhibition's title is derived from one of the Kimber Smith paintings that will be on view.   The Magic Flute is also the title of an opera by Mozart--a singspiel--a format that includes both singing and spoken word. In it the main character, a prince named Tamino, is sent on a journey to save his wife-to-be, which ultimately requires him to pass a number of trials ensued by a council of priests. A flute given to Tamino aids and protects, allowing him to “change men’s hearts.”

The artworks on view share a sense of spontaneity as they simultaneously adhere to aspects of known structures from pictorial history. Many of Mozart's coloristically heightened sequences in The Magic Flute were based upon Bach fugues. Similarly, the selected works demonstrate a painterly richness that lends a playfully theatrical twist to canon-derived forms.

Opportunities taken.

The gallery will provide a soundtrack during the exhibition; Harold Budd’s The Pavilion of Dreams (1978), an album of four individual works that span 1972 – 1975, and mark Budd’s return to composing after renouncing it 1970.

Featuring:  ELIJAH BURGHER, JOE FYFE, ANDREW HOLMQUIST, WILLIAM J. O'BRIEN, TAL R, KIMBER SMITH, PATRICIA TREIB
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Press release (pdf)
Andrew Russeth, Gallerist, NY, 2012.
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Marissa Perel
Boy Blue

December 20, 2012, 7 - 9pm

Marissa Perel will present a performance in conjunction with the current group painting show.  Embodying the prince Tamino from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Perel creates a contemporary singspiel with original and borrowed music, dance, and poetry. Re-shaping the gallery into a landscape with tape, fabric, a record player, microphone and shruti box, the artist creates discreet zones for performance within the exhibition. Paying tribute to Kimber Smith, who was known to have dressed in all blue, and borrowing from the song, "Boy Blue" from Cyndi Lauper's album True Colors, Perel channels the figure of the artist.

Perel’s performance will be a durational piece. Visitors are welcome any time from 7 – 9pm.

Press release (pdf)

Smith_Magic Flute install

Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.

OBrien_Untitled

William J. O’Brien, Untitled, 2011, Color pencil and ink on paper, 17 x 14 inches, Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Fyfe_Multicolored

Joe Fyfe, Multicolored, 2010, Cotton, felt, canvas, 59 x 39 inches.

Kimber Smith_Magic Flute

Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.

Smith_Magic Flute detail

Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute (detail), 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.

Treib_Screenprint

Patricia Treib, Untitled, 2010, Screenprint on paper, 14 x 10.5 inches, Edition 3 of 7.

Holmquist

Andrew Holmquist, Daily Painting 9/8/12, 2012, Ribbon, 17 x 6 inches.

Fyfe_Majorca

Joe Fyfe, Majorca painting, 2011, Paper, cotton, ink on found board, 23 x 15.75 inches.

Smith - Untitled 1973

Kimber Smith, Untitled, 1973, Watercolor on paper, 24 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.

Burgher

Elijah Burgher, Friedrich the friendly ghost (battle enhancer version), 2011, Color pencil and ink on paper, 12 x 9 inches, Courtesy of Western Exhibitions.

TalR_Insider_forweb

Tal R, Insider, 2006, Oil on canvas, 47.25 x 47.25 inches, Courtesy of Cheim & Reid.

Tal R detail

Tal R, Insider (detail), 2006, Oil on canvas, 47.25 x 47.25 inches, Courtesy of Cheim & Reid.

Smith-Back From GH

Kimber Smith, Back from GH, 1979, Acrylic on canvas, 31 x 21 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.

Fyfe_Long lead

Joe Fyfe, Long lead, 2012, Casein, printed paper, lead, 21 x 12 inches.

harold-budd-pavilion-of-dreams

The gallery will provide a soundtrack during the exhibition; Harold Budd's The Pavilion of Dreams, an album of four individual works that span 1972 - 1975, and mark Budd's return to composing after renouncing it in 1970. Click here to listen.

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Install-2-540
Install-3-540
Marissa Perel

Marissa Perel, Boy Blue, 2012, Performance.

Marissa Perel

Marissa Perel, Props from Boy Blue, 2012, Performance.

Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.William J. O’Brien, Untitled, 2011, Color pencil and ink on paper, 17 x 14 inches, Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery.Joe Fyfe, Multicolored, 2010, Cotton, felt, canvas, 59 x 39 inches.Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.Kimber Smith, The Magic Flute (detail), 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.Patricia Treib, Untitled, 2010, Screenprint on paper, 14 x 10.5 inches, Edition 3 of 7.Andrew Holmquist, Daily Painting 9/8/12, 2012, Ribbon, 17 x 6 inches.Joe Fyfe, Majorca painting, 2011, Paper, cotton, ink on found board, 23 x 15.75 inches.Kimber Smith, Untitled, 1973, Watercolor on paper, 24 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.Elijah Burgher, Friedrich the friendly ghost (battle enhancer version), 2011, Color pencil and ink on paper, 12 x 9 inches, Courtesy of Western Exhibitions.Tal R, Insider, 2006, Oil on canvas, 47.25 x 47.25 inches, Courtesy of Cheim & Reid.Tal R, Insider (detail), 2006, Oil on canvas, 47.25 x 47.25 inches, Courtesy of Cheim & Reid.Kimber Smith, Back from GH, 1979, Acrylic on canvas, 31 x 21 inches, Courtesy of the Estate of Kimber Smith.Joe Fyfe, Long lead, 2012, Casein, printed paper, lead, 21 x 12 inches.The gallery will provide a soundtrack during the exhibition; Harold Budd's The Pavilion of Dreams, an album of four individual works that span 1972 - 1975, and mark Budd's return to composing after renouncing it in 1970.  Click here to listen.Install-1-540Install-2-540Install-3-540Marissa Perel, Boy Blue, 2012, Performance.Marissa Perel, Props from Boy Blue, 2012, Performance.