For exhibition 46 in the front gallery we are pleased to be showing selected works by New York painter Gary Stephan. Stephan has been showing his work since the late sixties in the United States and Europe. He has had solo shows in this country at Bykert Gallery, Mary Boone, Hirschl and Adler, Margo Leavin, Marlborough, Daniel Weinberg and Susan Inglett, among others. His work is in the collections of the Whitney, MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian, MOCA Los Angeles, SF MOMA, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and the Albright-Knox Gallery, among others. Stephan is the recipient of awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Arts Foundation and most recently a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.
Stephan paints in acrylic on canvas. From Susan Inglett's commentary: "In Stephan's canvases familiar paint and palette handling along with figure and ground relationships are inverted. Displacements are commonplace in these works. He uses vacillation as a subject, creating punctures in the canvas that provide progressive openings from background to foreground. Some works originate in landscape, others in architecture and some are informed by the making and unmaking of the work itself as different types of space and perspectives come into view. Stephan claims his paintings are 'designed to be disappointing' as they are ultimately only valuable at the level of construction with the viewer, unraveling the layers of an inherently flat surface to discover what is propped up and why." This is Stephan's first solo with our gallery.
An afternoon lecture and presentation by Gary Stephan will be held at the The New Museum Los Gatos on Sunday, March 29, from 3-5pm. Formerly The Museums of Los Gatos, this will be the New Museum's inaugural event in its new home in the Los Gatos Civic Center. The lecture will be preceded by a brief talk by George Lawson. For more information and tickets please visit: http://www.numulosgatos.org/for-the-community/