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    White Magic: Robert Ryman, Rudolf Staffel is now on view through October 25.

    The exhibition brings together two masters – painter, Robert Ryman (b. Nashville, Tennessee, 1930) and ceramicist, Rudolf Staffel (b. San Antonio, Texas, 1911-2002) – who, within their respective media (each strictly reduced to a palette almost exclusively of white), achieve highly complex bodies of work that celebrate form and gesture. Alongside a group of paintings by Ryman, we will exhibit over 40 ceramic vessels created by Staffel from the 1950s through the early 1990s, making this the first major presentation of Staffel’s work in 16 years.


    Photo:
    Rudolf Staffel
    Light Gatherer
    translucent glazed porcelain, handbuilt, with copper oxide wash
    4 1/2 x 8 in

    "Sketchbooks are the free wheeling workshops of the mind…the pool in which thousands of images and ideas float freely, rubbish and gems together, bumping into each other, some surfacing, some staying in the depths for years waiting to be remembered” – Alice Maher

    This September Roads will publish Reservoir: Sketchbooks & Selected Works, inviting us to explore the artist’s creative process in a way never-before-seen.

    Read more about this upcoming publication here.

    White Magic: Robert Ryman, Rudolf Staffel
    Curated by Meredith Harper
    September 10 - October 25, 2014 

    David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present White Magic: Robert Ryman, Rudolf Staffel, on view from September 10 through October 25. The exhibition brings together two masters – painter, Robert Ryman (b. Nashville, Tennessee, 1930) and ceramicist, Rudolf Staffel (b. San Antonio, Texas, 1911-2002) – who, within their respective media of paint and porcelain, each strictly reduced their aesthetic vocabularies to a palette almost exclusively of white, thereby allowing themselves to realize highly complex bodies of work that celebrate form and gesture.

    Alongside a group of paintings by Ryman, we will exhibit over 40 ceramic vessels created by Staffel from the 1950s through the early 1990s, making this the first major presentation of Staffel’s work in 16 years. This exhibition will provide an opportunity to look at the work of both artists in dialogue, imparting a deeper understanding of each.

    Photo:
    Rudolf Staffel
    Light Gatherer,
    c. 1980, porcelain
    7 x 6 inches

    Richard Artschwager, 2008. (Photo: Ann Artschwager)


    I FIRST MET RICHARD IN 1967, in Vermillion, South Dakota. I was teaching at the University of South Dakota at the time. We were able to enlist him as a visiting artist because he was on his way back to New York from California. The oxymoronic character of his work and the poetic way he thought and spoke about art caused for me an immediate connection. If someone like him lived in New York, I needed to move there. So in 1968 I did and have lived here ever since. - John Torreano

    Read the full story on Artforum.

    Join us next Thursday, June 26th for an opening reception 6-8pm and musical performance by Tom Chang Quartet at 7pm.

    Alexander Ross and Steve DiBenedetto are included in an upcoming exhibition at the New Britain Museum of Art, Connecticut:

    This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion
    Curated by Cary Smith

    June 7-Sept. 14, 2014
    Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Curator Remarks at 3 p.m.

    This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion is a densely hung, salon style exhibition that includes paintings and drawings by 38 contemporary artists, all of whom are known for their excellence in making work that leans heavily towards abstraction.

    Photo:
    Alexander Ross
    Untitled
    2011
    oil on canvas
    24 x 24 in