Galerie Mourlot is pleased to invite you to the opening reception on Thursday, January 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. for Mary Louise Pierson's Photographs of Nelson’s Legacy, an exhibition of a series of photographs taken at Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, by Mary Louise Pierson. When Nelson Rockefeller died in 1979, Mary Louise set out to document the wonderland her grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather had created. She had the great privilege of walking through the gardens of Kykuit and photographing sculptures by many famous artists, including Alexander Calder and Henry Moore, painstakingly positioned by her grandfather, Nelson Rockefeller. Through this process, she developed a passionate awareness for the placements of these works and documenting their transformations in the presence of light and changing seasons.
Mary Louise’s photographs of Nelson’s art depict the challenge of portraying and sharing with others personal visions of artwork placed in a Hudson landscape that infinitely transforms nature. The pieces express moments, she explains, when “light enhances the combination of a man-made piece and mother nature,” so as to create “a wonderful collage of colors and textures” producing an unprecedented “sense of space and time.”
The magical history of the Kykuit estate and its residing masterpieces is captured in this exhibition by a curated selection of Mary Louise’s photographs of Kykuit from the 1990’s. Mary Louise’s artistic process is informed and guided by the jungle scenes in Henri Rousseau’s paintings, the dramatic and illustrative lighting in Grant Wood’s iconic depictions of the American Midwest, and her apprenticeship with photographer Ann Parker. The result is a collection of images which, when occupying the same space, illustrate through a collage of painterly and realistic qualities, the story of a family’s artistic legacy and a world in which Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Aristide Maillol, Henry Moore, Alexander Liberman, Max Bill, Gaston Lachaise, and James Roast collide with each other in nature.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Mary Louise is a painter, photographer, and lecturer. She has produced two photographic books, entitled The Rockefeller Family Home, Kykuit, and Mr. Rockefeller’s Roads: The Untold Story of Acadia’s Carriage Roads and Their Creator, and frequently lectures on her photography, her grandfather Nelson Rockefeller’s art collection, and the founding of the Museum of Modern Art by her great-grandmother, Abby Aldrich.
MANHATTAN, NY - NOVEMBER 02, 2016
Galerie Mourlot is pleased to invite you to the opening reception on Thursday, November 17th from 6 to 9 p.m. at 16 E 79th Street, New York, NY for Drawing the Line, the largest solo exhibition to date for New York City and Alexandria, Virginia-based artist Judith Seligson’s geometric abstract paintings. Ms. Seligson explains, “Each painting starts with a graphite line drawing. I stop drawing and start painting when I see the push and pull of the shapes.” The fifty recent paintings in the show range in scale from 4 x 4 inches to 6 x 6 feet, from 2014 to 2016, most never before exhibited. Many of the newest works are topological, constructed of multiple panels, thus drawing the line in three dimensions. Gallery owner Eric Mourlot says, “Seligson’s work fits well with the gallery’s focus on process. The frames themselves are works of art.”
In a recent review, The Washington Post said Seligson’s style is reminiscent of Josef Albers and Frank Stella. Eric Gibson, in a review of her solo show at the Jane Haslem Gallery, said Seligson’s “painting [is] possessed of a jewellike radiance and visual intensity.” Her work, including her collaborations with her husband Allan Greenberg, was featured in the New York Times.
Seligson says the smaller works have a feminist bent. “The world is so in love with large and with making large synonymous with important. My understanding of painting is that the relationships within the painting, not its size, determine quality. I’ve made these small paintings to explore that boundary.” she said. Boundary – where does one draw the line – becomes an artistic, as well as ethical and philosophical, trope for the artist.
About the artist
Ms. Seligson studied painting with Flora Natapoff while she was majoring in Economics at Harvard. From Natapoff she learned the importance of small changes. From Philip Guston, whose course she audited, she learned austerity. From Victor Candell and Leo Manso at the Provincetown workshop she learned Hans Hoffman’s push-pull. Ms. Seligson has been working with scale in painting since the mid-70’s as a pioneer in Tribeca, when loft living and working was still illegal. She has had solo shows at the Jane Haslem Gallery in Washington, DC, Anita Friedman Fine Arts in New York City, and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. In 2016 she was in Brooklyn’s Art 3 Gallery’s show of four contemporary artists working in geometric abstraction, as well as a solo show of 35 paintings, A Gap Frame of Mind, at The Athenaeum in Alexandria, VA.
Seligson sees the geometric abstract paintings as the core of her work, which also includes graphite text drawings, collage, and video. She has published in academic journals and spoken at academic conferences. The interdisciplinary approach of her work has received attention from a wide range of fields.
She is currently working on a book project entitled THE GAP: The Synaptic Sign of Modernity, which focuses on the space between objects in art, science, and literature. Please visit the artist’s website to learn more.
About Galérie Mourlot
Galérie Mourlot was founded in 1991 by Eric Mourlot. Eric is the grandson of the director of Atelier Mourlot, the most reknowed print shop of the 20th century. A student of the artistic process, Eric grew up learning various print-making techniques that the atelier used to produce prints for the defining artists of their generation, including Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Joan Miró. As owner of Galérie Mourlot, Eric is carrying on his family’s unique artistic legacy. Galérie Mourlot continues to display the works of contemporary and modern master artists, often with an eye toward exploring their connection to lithography. The Mourlot collection of prints, which includes thousands of images, is internationally available to the public in museums, galleries, and art fairs. A number of works were recently displayed in a show at the Metropolitan Museum’s store gallery space.
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Galery Director Ondine Janiv.
High-res images available upon request.
Stéphane Kossmann, born in Tours, France, studied the art of photography at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles. He has since received international recognition and appraisal for his work photographing celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival for the past 28 years.
His work, influenced by the artists Rembrant, Albert Watson, and Mark Rothko, plays with light in tandem with the lines and forms of the human body, and therefore, consists of a unique style that merges the characteristics of photography with those of painting.
His fascination with crowds, how they form, and what and whom they are composed of, has raised and highlighted many important themes in his work including globalization, individualization, and diversity.
Stéphane has produced two books, Black & White Carpet, and Observations sur les marches de Cannes (Observations on the Steps at Cannes). His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and at film festivals, including the Voce Di Gallery in Soho, NYC in 2014, the French Alliance in NYC in 2014, the American Film Festival in Deauville, France in 2007, the Macondo Gallery in London, England in 2005, and the Geneva International Film Festival in Switzerland in 1996.
Cannes served as his massive, outdoor gallery in 2004 and 2005, when his photographs were displayed on 100 square meter posters around the city. His work also received international attention for being showcased in 2006 in Paris during the European Month of Photography, a festival that takes place in November only every other year.
WALKING NEW YORK exhibit
This exhibit consists of 12 Chromogenic Color Prints with Plexiglass Finishes, created at Laumont Studio in NYC.
It has taken Stéphane ten years of walking the streets of New York City to accumulate the pieces displayed in WALKING NEW YORK. His technique in taking these photographs emphasizes the danger and potential in photographing unsuspecting and unconsenting individuals by using the public as subject. In highlighting the diversity of NYC and the process of its demonstration, these images portray the complex relationship between an artist and the object of study.
Stéphane merges realism with abstract expressionism to procure a style depicting the infinite amount of meanings each object, seen through the lens of the camera via the eye of the photographer, can be given. This work demonstrates the potential of the camera to alter an object to the extent of transforming it into something else entirely. In its new form, it has the freedom to be interpreted by its spectators and acquire meaning outside of its respective domain.
For more information, please contact Ondine Janiv, firstname.lastname@example.org.