Bellas Artes Gallery Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Dec 18, 2014 3:59PM
Untitled # 998110, 2009
Bellas Artes Gallery
Namche, Marsh Willow, 2012
Bellas Artes Gallery
Untitled # 1140, 2005
Bellas Artes Gallery

The gallery marked its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2006 with an exhibition of work by three artists: Olga de Amaral, Richard DeVore, and Ruth Duckworth. These three renowned artists were introduced to the gallery owners, Charlotte and Bob Kornstein, in 1986 by their mentor Jack Lenor Larsen, a well-known textile designer, author, curator, and collector.

Friends of the gallery came from near and far to experience this thought provoking and viscerally pervasive show, featuring works in shades of white by each artist. The white palette instilled a sense of serenity, spirituality, and timelessness throughout the gallery’s spaces, celebrating the poetry of each artist’s expression.

The Kornsteins experienced a great sadness prior to the July 7, 2006 opening of the exhibition since Richard DeVore died on the 25th of June in that year. This is a great loss, not only to the art world, but also to all who knew and admired him. His spirit lives on in the profound sensuality, organic forms, and aesthetic presence of his vessels. The gallery was honored to have presented this exhibition of works selected by DeVore far in advance of the opening. It included some of his last works.

Organic imagination also inhabits the work of Ruth Duckworth. The biomorphic and abstract forms in her sculptures reveal the physicality of the body, touching interior landscapes and their relation to the external world. A traveling retrospective of her work had its final presentation at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, closing in January 2007. A tribute to the artist resulted in her appearance on “CBS Sunday Morning” in late December.

Olga de Amaral, known for her architectural tapestries of linen fibers and gold leaf, chose to exhibit new white and gold works that explored geometrical volumes. These luminous works evoked “an indefinable presence.” Luminosity was also present in another exhibition of de Amaral’s work this year. In order to introduce her new fragrance, “Gold,” fashion designer Donna Karan established a golden environment within her flagship store in New York. De Amaral’s tapestries hung against a black wall, creating an elegant illuminated atmosphere of flickering gold.

The gallery continues to present a strong exhibition program, and began their twenty-sixth year with an exhibition for one of Spain’s most prominent and innovative artists: Joan Fontcuberta. Fontcuberta is known for exploring the balance and intersection of art, science, and illusion. The gallery also presented the 20th anniversary exhibition of sculptor Norma Minkowitz. Working with fiber, wire, resin, and found materials, Minkowitz has transformed the craft of crochet into a potent and timeless art form.

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