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Will Lustenader’s new geometric hard edge abstract body of work addresses spatial issues as well as the exploration of color and textural relationships. Lustenader’s masterful painterly technique draws a distant dialogue with renaissance through 19th century painting as well as tipping his hat to the modern masters. Will Lustenader lives and works in New Haven, CT. Lustenader received his MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London and his BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. His work has been included in numerous exhibits, including the San Diego Art Institute (2009), the Neuberger Museum (2008), and The New Britain Museum of American Art. His work can be found in many private and public collections.
2016 FRED.GIAMPIETRO GALLERY, New Haven, CT, group exhibitoin: "New Geometry"
2015 Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, "65th Art of the Northeast", curated by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam
Housatonic Museum of Art, Remythologies: New Inventions of Old Stories
2014 FRED.GIAMPIETRO GALLERY, New Haven, CT, group exhibitoin: "Self-Absorbed"
Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemay Hall, Wallingford, CT Solo Exhibition: "Manufactured Rarities"
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven, CT, "Will Lustenader & Blinn Jacobs
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven, CT, Solo Exhibition: "Approximating Continuity"
2013 John Slade Eli House Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT “Handful of Art” Group Show
Artspace, New Haven, CT “Domestic Spaces” Flatfile selections
2012 Giampietro Gallry, New Haven, CT “Look Out Out Look” Nov. 16 – Dec. 21
2011 Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT “Areas of Refuge” solo exhibition
Artspace, New Haven, CT “Out of Line” work on paper curated by Leslie Nolan,
Dir. Center of Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH group show “ ARCH., Exploring Made Space” Mar. 2011
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Public Library, Greenwich, CT
“Three Visions: Perry Burns, Willard Lustenader and Karen Santry” Feb 3 – March16, 2011
2010 Silvermine Galleries,“61st Art of the Northeast”, New Canaan, CT,
Katie Rashid, director Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, juror
International Juried Show 2010, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ Jan. – Mar. 2010
artSPACE “Conspectus I” flat file exhib. New Haven, CT curated by Liza Statton
195 Gallery, New Alliance Bank Exec. Suite, New Haven, CT
2009 San Diego Art Institute, “50th Annual Awards Exhibition”, San Diego, CA
Manifest Gallery , “Monochrome”, Cincinnati, OH
artSPACE, “Refurbished Means”, New Haven, CT
Bachelier Cardonski Gallery, “Open House, David Eddy, Willard Lustenader, Kathryn McAuliffe,
Melissa Stern and Luari Zarin” Kent, CT
artSPACE, “ Index II”, New Haven, CT
Member’s Exh. City Wide Open Studios, artSPACE, New Haven, CT
John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art, “Inviting Abstraction,
W. Lustenader, Megan Craig and Levni Sinanoglu, New Haven, CT
2008 Wesport Arts Center,” Willard Lustenader” Westport , CT . Solo Exhib.
Creative Arts Workshop, “Painting as Presence”, New Haven, CT, William Bailey juror, Honorable Mention
Silvermine Galleries, “59th Art of the Northeast” New Canaan, CT Thom Collins ,
Dir. Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY juror. Honorable Mention
Hygienic Gallery, New London, CT “Third Crossing” Jeffery Anderson, Dir.
F. Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT juror, Best in Show.
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “Co-Existence” 23rd Anniversary Exhib. Dec. 2007 – Feb. 2008
Seton Art Gallery, Sacred Heart University, Faculty Show, Fairfield, CT
2007 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY “The Unexpected”
Luchsinger Gallery, Wallace Performing Arts Center, Greenwich Acad., Greenwich, CT Solo Exhib.
Haskins Laboratories, New Haven , CT “Table Tops” ,Debbie Hesse curator
Seton Gallery, Uni. of New Haven, CT Faculty Show Nov./ Dec.
Brad Cooper Gallery Group Show, Tampa, FL
Hoorn Ashby Summer group, Nantucket, MA
artSPACE, New Haven, CT
2006 Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “Conventional Wisdom” Solo Exhib.
Chase Freedman Gallery, JCC Greater Hartford, West Hartford, CT
“Four Years of Space” Solo Exhib.
Vanbrundt Gallery, Beacon, NY
artSPACE, Open Studios, New Haven, CT
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket, MA
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL
Greenwich Art Soc. Members Exh. Greenwich, CT Dede Young juror
Stamford Art Assoc. Winter Exhibition, Stamford, CT
About Willard Lustenader
At first glance, the paintings of Willard Lustenader appear like works of pure abstraction: studies of bold, primary colors, line, and sharp, geometric forms. But in fact, Lustenader creates representational, still-life paintings based on cut paper or bent wire, a practice that found its initial inspiration when his son’s school project left behind cut-out scraps. This choice of subject matter creates an intentional paradox, as what appear to be purely abstract compositions are actually based on observation. Lustenader has also pushed the work further into explorations of the abstract, inspired by the tension between line and space in layered compositions. “There is a bending and twisting of relationships that overlap and come back on themselves,” Lustenader has said of these more recent abstract works. “So, it is the idea of space and time that occupies my new work.”