A Santa Fe Group Show Reveals the Abstractions Within Figuration
Bears labels from the David McKee Gallery on West 57th Street in Manhattan (McKee represented the Estate of Philip Guston for many years), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (Annual Art Auction, 1973), Hand signed and dated verso, also artist has written his name and home address on the verso.
David Humphrey is a professor of art at Yale University. Mr. Humphrey received a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1977 and a MA from New York University in 1980. He has shown nationally and internationally and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize among other awards. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was published by Periscope Publishing in 2010. Mr. Humphrey is is represented by the Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking at the Yale in 2007.
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Signature: Hand signed and dated verso, also artist has signed his name and written his home address on the verso. Bears labels from the David McKee Gallery on West 57th Street in Manhattan (McKee represented the Estate of Philip Guston, before they closed their gallery), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
David McKee Gallery, New York
Bears labels from the David McKee Gallery on West 57th Street in Manhattan as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Navy Pier Annual Art Auction, 1993
Though his paintings, works on paper, and sculptures defy categorization, David Humphrey emerged as an artist in the late 1970s along with Postmodernism, an approach that continues to inform his heterogeneous compositions, visual pastiches that, in his words, “erase the breaks” between divergent styles. As he explains: “I suppose that the dynamic of relationship—the psychology of bonding, lovemaking, attachment, and so on—has kept me interested for a long time. I come back to it as a way to thicken the grammar of picture making.” In his paintings, this grammar includes gestural abstraction, cartoonish figuration, Pop Art, Surrealism, and Expressionism. His vibrant compositions feature human figures, narrative vignettes, animals, and objects interwoven into abstract passages. They read as sexually and psychologically charged dreamscapes, through which Humphrey breaks down boundaries to explore our relationships with each other and the world.
American, b. 1955, based in New York, New York