Tender Strength All Around Me


November 18 - December 13

This exhibition of paintings featuring the color black -- all of relatively small size to enhance visual coherence -- was curated by the German artist Ivo Ringe and the American artist, Joe Barnes.  The exhibition concept was developed by Ivo Ringe, Joe Barnes and Po Kim, the Korean-American artist and co-founder of the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery.

The exhibition curators have made the following statement concerning the theme of "Painting Black":

Every painter has the "non-color" black as his ultimate antagonist.  When everything is black, we cannot see anything anymore -- only black.  All is hidden within the blackness and has no figure or form. Black swallows all.
 This addresses the core-issue of the painter: To shape and figure existence, to allow differentiation to shine -- background and foreground, form and size -- articulated from the mere infinite.  Then how can black support this pursuit rather than rendering it invisible? Black can be used as a means of structure.  It allows the distinction between surface and background. Black can highlight plasticity and depth. Many artists have had periods in which they were fascinated by the conditions that black offers.  They have used it as a means to focus on the artistic process of creation. The artists shown in the exhibition are distinguished by the fact that they manage to convey dimension, structure and meaning in spite of the "hindrance" of the non-color: black.  As a result, their works act as meditative contemplations, artworks which open portals within ourselves.

The exhibition includes artists from the United States and several European nations.  As such, it continues one of the missions of the Wald/Kim Gallery: working with national and international artists to provide a catalyst for intercultural dialogue between the diverse artistic community of New York and the artistic communities of the world. By working together with national and international artists, the organization aims to provide a catalyst for deeper intercultural dialogue between the diverse community of New York and the artistic communities of the world  

Contemporary artists in the exhibition:

Tim Allen (Great Britain)
Amy Antin (USA/ Germany)
Joe Barnes (USA)
Wayne Barnes (USA)
Mats Bergquist (Sweden/Italy)
Alain Biltereyst (Belgium)
Katrina Blannin (Great Britain/Sweden)
Britta Bogers (Germany)
Paul Brand (Switzerland/Norway)
Vincent Como (USA)
Christoph Dahlhausen (Germany)
Matthew Deleget (USA)
Edgar Diehl (Germany)
Rupert Eder (Germany)
Friedhelm Falke (Germany)
Jon Groom (Great Britain/Germany)
Mark Harrington (USA/Germany)
Michelle Jaffé (USA)
Michael Jäger (Germany)
Bruno Kurz (Germany) 
Erin Lawlor (Great Britain)
Robert C. Morgan (USA)
Udo Rathke (Germany)
Ivo Ringe (Germany)
Rolf Rose (Germany)
Barbara Rosengarth (Germany)
Michel Rouillard (USA)
Richard Schneider (Germany)
Regine Schumann (Germany)
Jürg Stäuble (Switzerland)
Heiner Thiel (Germany)
Dolf Verlinden (The Netherlands)
Cecilia Vissers (The Netherlands)
Don Voisine (USA)
Maria Wallenstal-Schoenberg (Sweden/Germany)
Miro Zahra (Germany)

To add historical perspective to the exhibition, two American artists of the Abstract Expressionist era who often emphasized black in their work are included: Rollin Crampton and Sal Sirugo.

*Gallery will be closed on November 27, 28, and 29 to honor the Thanksgiving holiday.



October 3-30, 2014

This exhibition marks the 125th anniversary of the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.), the oldest American women's art organization, established in 1889.  N.A.W.A.'s original purpose was to help women artists counter the difficulties they faced in gaining recognition and equality in professional training, exhibition opportunities, and the marketplace.  Past members included Pat Adams, Theresa Bernstein, Dorothy Dehner, Malvina Hoffman, Louise Nevelson, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Today, with over 850 members nationwide, N.A.W.A. continues its mission with exhibitions and educational programming. 

This year’s 125th Annual Exhibition, a forum where members send in self-selected works, features the work of over 290 member artists in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, mixed media and computer/digital-based art. Over thirty awards determined by women professional in the visual arts will be presented, including the dispersal of approximately $10,000 in prizes.

N.A.W.A's documented exhibitions are archived within The Smithsonian Institution Archives; the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Library of Congress; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Frick Art Reference Library; and the New York Public Library. For more information, visit: http://thenawa.org andwww.nawaonlinegallery.org.

A reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30pm, with the awards ceremony to take place at7:15p.m.

Donata Cardona Barrasi, Rooftop Skyline, Oil on canvas, 30x40"

Harriet Sobie Goldstein, Birdiness, Woodcut, 18x24"

Pokey Park, Cottontail Rabbit, Bronze, 9.5x4.5x4"


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