April 23 – June 18, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 6-8 pm
D’Amelio Terras is pleased to present its second exhibition by New York artist Robert Moskowitz. Moskowitz is widely known as a prominent figure in the New Image Painters, a group of artists named after the 1978 Whitney exhibition that marked a return to an overt figurative style in painting after the conceptual periods of Minimalism, performance and installation.
The exhibition will present a tight grid of drawings, shown for the first time since they were created during a stay in Rome in 2004/2005. The grid installation reinforces a cinematic effect from frame to frame. Reductive silhouettes of birds, a smoke stack, the Empire State building and the Flatiron building play against the immensity of open skies, interrupted by bursts of spray paint. The background either black or white flicker images between positive and negative, as if they were separated only by the closing shutter of a camera, recording the passage of time.
Opposite to the subdued mural-effect created by the group of drawings, the 2010 painting of Moskowitz offers a bright contrast: a flock of birds, rendered with unusual contour details crosses a bright yellow expanse of sun-drenched sky.
Robert Moskowitz has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad since his first solo exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, in 1962. Past solo exhibitions include: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Lawrence Markey, San Antonio, TX; Blum Helman Gallery, New York; Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco and Grob Gallery, London. Moskowitz is in numerous collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; and The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.