Works by: George Condo, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Robert Longo, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, and Tom Wesselmann
Special Presentation: Richard Fleischner
Cocktail reception: Booth 301, Wednesday, March 04, 4pm onwards
The gallery will be hosting an online viewing room for The Armory Show, where you can explore and learn more about the booth's presentation.
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Helwaser Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in The Armory Show, 2020, at Booth 301 on Pier 90. The Armory Show will open to VIP Preview guests on Wednesday, March 04, and Helwaser Gallery will host a cocktail reception in honor of the artist Richard Fleischner from 4pm onwards on the same day. The fair will open to the public from March 05 - 08.
The gallery will present a focused section on the work of Richard Fleischner (b. 1944, New York), who is best known for his integrated, site-specific works in cities, parks, woods, and other natural areas. The booth will present significant early sculptures and drawings by the artist, dating from the 1960s to 1980s. Executed when Fleischner worked on major site-specific commissions, including documenta 6 (1977, Kassel, Germany), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980-85, Cambridge, MA), among others, these sculptures and drawings reveal the fundamental visual vocabulary that Fleischner used within his larger sited works, reflecting the principles of "place-making" that would guide his extensive, five-decade practice. Notable works such as Figure on Bench (1967), a miniature study of a lone figure seated in an open plaza, exemplify what critic Ken Johnson once described as a "metaphorically rich and formally inventive" visual vocabulary, emphasizing the quotidian and the everyday, at once going "against the Modernist tradition of violent self-assertion, offering instead Arcadian dreams of balance between self and world."1 This presentation coincides with the gallery's solo exhibition of Fleischner's work, entitled Witness Mark, which runs at the gallery's location through April 16. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustration exhibition catalogue, with a written essay by Jennifer Gross.
Works by post-war and contemporary masters, including George Condo, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Robert Longo, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, and Tom Wesselmann will also accompany this presentation. Re-affirming the gallery's dedication to post-war art, the booth highlights connections between the various movements that took place during the later twentieth century. Significant works will include large-scale paintings by Adolph Gottlieb and Hans Hofmann, both of whom remain seminal figures of the Abstract Expressionist movement. A laser-cut work by artist Tom Wesselmann, Bedroom Blonde with Black and Green Pillows (1986), will also be on view. Created in the same year that the artist began to work with aluminum and steel, the work is significant for its reworking of Wesselmann's iconic Bedroom Blonde imagery. A selection of work on paper by George Condo, Ed Ruscha, Robert Longo, and Sol LeWitt will also be on view, allowing viewers to experience the artists' practice on a more intimate scale.
1 Johnson, Ken. "Art in Review; Richard Fleischner." The New York Times, 5 March 1999, p. 44