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Masters of Reality

November 3 - December 23, 2011
Installation view: Masters of Reality, November 3 - December 23, 2011
Installation view: Masters of Reality, November 3 - December 23, 2011
Installation view: Masters of Reality, November 3 - December 23, 2011
Installation view: Masters of Reality, November 3 - December 23, 2011
Installation view: Masters of Reality, November 3 - December 23, 2011
GEORGE CONDO
Face, 1985
Oil on linen
32 x 25 inches
ASHLEY BICKERTON
LBTITNW 1, 2010
Acrylic & digital print, sate sticks on canvas mounted to wood, with fiberglass
41 x 47 x 9 1/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist & Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY
MICHAEL BEVILACQUA
Hello My Name Is...., 2011
Acrylic, molotov marker & spray paint on linen
84 x 72 inches
PETER SAUL
Deadly Diet, 2011
Acrylic & oil paint on canvas
87 x 96 inches
ALEXIS ROCKMAN
Coxcomb, 2008
Oil on wood
48 x 40 inches
RYAN McGINNESS
All Your Earth Gods, 2011
Oil & acrylic on wood panel
48 inches diameter
Courtesy Ryan McGinness Studio
RYAN McGINNESS
The Secret Pattern in Your Being, 2011
Oil & acrylic on wood panel
48 x 48 inches
Courtesy Ryan McGinness Studio
RYAN McGINNESS
Secret Sorrow, 2011
Oil & acrylic on wood panel
48 inches diameter
Courtesy Ryan McGinness Studio
LARI PITTMAN
Untitled #15, 2008
Cel-vinyl, acrylic & lacquer spray paint over gessoed canvas over wood panel
52 x40 inches
ASHLEY BICKERTON
Scooter, 2008
Oil & acrylic paint & digital print on canvas in carved wood artist's frame, inlaid with coconut, mother of pearl & coins
30 1/4 x 36 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist & Lehmann Maupin gallery, NY
ED PASCHKE
Emploi Stable, 1986
Oil on canvas
68 x 80 inches
ED PASCHKE
Green Red Spring, 1998
Oil on linen
36 x 40 inches

Press Release

In a contemporary art landscape often criticized for a dearth of figurative painting, several artists are pushing the notion of representation on canvas to its limits. Taking its cue from the Black Sabbath album, this exhibition seeks to highlight eight American artists that have mastered reality through their own unique visions.

The subject matter varies greatly across the twelve paintings and includes global issues of ecology, popular culture, counter-culture, consumerism, and sexuality that are initially familiar to the viewer. However, the artists in this exhibition utilize different methods of obfuscating, contorting, manipulating, and intensifying this seemingly readily accessible iconography. The paintings converge and divide as the artists flatten and polish or heavily layer psychedelic scenes with twisted images of abstracted symbology or hyperrealist depictions of the people, places, and objects that compose their lives. These works illustrate how eight American males have deciphered and restructured their surrounding worlds. Beginning with 1980s portraiture, this selection of works traces a circuitous path through different artistic manifestations of the visual and conceptual filtering apparatus that is the mind of the artist, the master of reality.

Featuring work by:

Michael Bevilacqua
Ashley Bickerton
George Condo
Ryan McGinness
Ed Paschke
Lari Pittman
Alexis Rockman
Peter Saul


Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For further information please contact Julie Bills at 646.336.7183 or info@geringlopez.com.

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