INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS EXHIBIT IN GLEN COVE
Diverse Group of Painters Brings “Beauty” to Hersh Fine Art
A new exhibition, “Beauty Revisited,” featuring work by nine painters from across the United States and Europe, opens in Glen Cove at Hersh Fine Art on November 5thth, 2012. The opening reception, to which all are welcome, takes place on Friday, November 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“The thinking behind ‘Beauty Revisited’ was to ask some of today’s leading figurative artists for a fresh look at age-old, long-cherished ideas about what is beautiful,” says gallery director Flora Armetta. The artists, all of whom have studied, taught, or spent months and in some cases years painting abroad—in Rome and Florence; Bialystok, Poland; Paris and the South of France, and Göteborg, Sweden, among other places—as well as here in the U.S, include Juliette Aristides, Robert Armetta, Stephen Bauman, Colleen Barry, Dennis Cheaney, Dave Peikon, Catherine Prescott, Carlo Russo, and Dan Thompson. What unites the group is a love for the traditional artistic methods and practices each has sought out in their travels and training; all are realists working within 16th and 17th-century Spanish and Italian and 19th-century French traditions. Yet their paintings and drawings show a wide range of influences, and each of these nine artists has a distinctive personal aesthetic, evident in the subject matter, color, and mood of their work, that is unmistakable. This brings a dynamic variety and contemporary sensibility to the grouping as a whole.
“We are interested in the fact that these artists are faithful to their traditional training and subject matter and yet avoid simply imitating paintings from the past,” says Ms. Armetta. “Everyone in this group has something important to say here and now. It’s a very exciting experience to be able to bring them together here.” The exhibition includes landscapes, still lifes, figures, and portraits; it will be on view through December 31st, 2012.