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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pleasure Dome: Works from the Past Two Decades
February 2 - March 11, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 5 - 7 pm
Jason McCoy Gallery is pleased to present “Stephen Greene: Pleasure Dome Works from the Past Two Decades,” a tribute to this influential painter, who died in 1999. Effortlessly seductive in their lush palette and dynamically unraveling forms, the works from the last two decades of Stephen Greene's oeuvre radiate in their honest celebration of human existence with all its desires and darkness. As a group, the eight paintings and additional drawings featured in this exhibition translate as deeply felt reflections on a life that was defined by over fifty years of creative work, embraced as both artist and influential teacher. As the exhibition unfolds, the impression crystallizes that Greene's ambition was not to solve the riddle of life, but rather the contrary: to preserve its mystery. Addressing his abstract work, Greene noted:
“I have always wanted to achieve a profoundly moving image, to make of paint and canvas a visual fact worth dealing with on many levels. Art does set up a particular world and the one that suits my vision of what I see, know, deals with the dark side of experience as well as its enchantment and pleasures. In art, our hopes and desires shape our visions of fulfillment for more than the actual experiences that we may have. My use of color and light that is mysterious is of an interior perception. My formal stance is very much involved with an underlying structure that is insistent to the life of the work. I remain subject ridden and how a vertical divides the space from top to bottom, from my earliest works to the present, is as much subject matter as overt reference to the known world. I prefer to make paintings that are sufficiently individual to be granted their own place.” (S.G., Valley Cottage, New York, 1999)
Stephen Greene’s work is part of such important collections as those of the The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, MA; Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena; Tate Gallery, London, England; amongst many others.
A Brochure with Essays by Joe Fyfe and Stephanie Buhmann accompany this exhibition.
Stephanie B. Simmons
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm