Neil Jenney, North American Aquatica, 2006-7
Oil on wood in the artist's frame; 31 1/2 x 46 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York
"Idealism is Unavoidable" - Neil Jenney
Neil Jenney is known for his "bad paintings" of the 1960s and his "good painting" of the 1970s, which were brought together in 1978 at the New Museum in its original space at the New School for Social Research, Fifth Avenue and 12th Street. The edginess of those early days of the NM may serve as an introduction to the quiet subversiveness of NJ's persona. He is not your usual Gagosian diva. Even the decision to curate a show of his own works on one floor and his influences on another, speaks of Jenney's proclivity to counter mainstream trends. Why not direct the viewer's mind toward considering his influences? And what an assortment: Sally Ross, Truman Egleston, John Duff , Louise Lawler, William Wegman, Thornton Willis and Robert Lobe, among others.
Robert Lobe, Balsam Family, 1993, and Appalachian Trail, 2010
Thornton Willis, A Cubist Painting for Vered, 2001
For more about Jenney's background and career, visit Gagosian website and read the review in The New York Times
Located at Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, Works of the Jenney Archive closes Saturday, April 27.
The New York Arts Exchange will tour this show and Aquavella Gallery's The Pop Object (through May 24), on Wednesday, April 24 at 1 pm. Reservations are still being accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org. $60 per tour.
Roy Lichtenstein, Still Life with Palette, 1972
Oil and magna on canvas, 60 x 95 5/8 inches, Aquavella Galleries,
Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Beth New York
aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange