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Older artists exhibit work at Carter Burden Gallery

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Carter Burden Gallery

Older does not have to mean unproductive. Carter Burden Gallery is committed to showing the work of older artists like Flo Fox, Len Speier, Bill Richards and Marilyn Sontag who will exhibit their work from June 26 to July 24. According to a statement by the Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Examiner can report today (June 17) that The nonprofit Carter Burden Gallery opens new exhibitions by older professional artists that are "designed to give a voice to New York City’s re-emerging older artists through the exhibition and cultivation of their work," according to a statement by the not-for-profit group.

At the Morgan Library & Museum, there is another exhibit you will not want to miss, which spotlights the work of Carter Burden. "Between 1973 and 1996 Carter Burden, a cultural benefactor and former New York City councilman, assembled the greatest collection of modern American literature in private hands. This exhibition brings together nearly one hundred outstanding works from the collection, including first editions, manuscripts, letters, and revised galley proofs. Authors featured in this unparalleled exhibition are some of the twentieth century’s most celebrated—William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, John Irving, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, J. D. Salinger, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Tennessee Williams, and Richard Wright, among others," adds N.Y. Art Beat.

Poetry on View

Staten Island arts fans that are interested in poetry can listen to 'Poetry on View: Readings from the Carter Burden Collection,' according to at the Morgan Library & Museum on Thursday, June 26. This event runs simultaneously with the Carter Burden Gallery's opening in Chelsea on June 26 that runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chelsea Gallery and what's more it is a free cultural event in New York City that arts enthusiasts of all ages and interests can participate in. According to New York Art Beat you can also view the exhibitions during the Chelsea Art Walk on July 24th from 5-8 p.m. Carter Burden is located at 548 West 28th Street, #534 in Chelsea.

"Disco Ball will feature photographs of Flo Fox and Len Speier capturing the wild, frenetic, and sometimes gritty, days of disco. Through their images, viewers will be transported to a time of Warhol, nightclubs and unfettered revelry. Flo Fox and Len Speier, Disco Ball, made possible in part with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs," adds Carter Burden Gallery. "A reportage, “street photographer” since 1972, Flo Fox has shot over 120,000 images. For Fox, photography is her existence and covers all aspects of being a single woman and artist in New York City, while having the freedom and good fortune for extensive travel."

Although Flo is visually impaired and physically challenged from multiple sclerosis, confining her to a wheelchair, she never goes anywhere without her camera and that is what gives her photographs so much passion and intensity. I have viewed some of her photographs courtesy of The Carter Burden Gallery, which makes this exhibit so visually and aesthetically exciting. "Totally disabled from the neck down since 1999, she directs friends, attendants, or people in the street to take pictures for her," adds the not-for-profit.

"Len Speier was taken with photography from the time his uncle gave him a primitive film developing kit on his 13th Birthday, and he has been engaged in photography for over 40 years. For Speier, photography is the art of exclusion, the power to create through the camera what is desired to be revealed. It is the serendipitous confluence of the eye, brain, sensitivity and the action of the finger on the shutter release. Speier aims to capture humanism and social reality in his work," adds the statement by Carter Burden Gallery. His photographs are physically charged and energized as well, based on what I have seen so far, courtesy of the gallery.

"Bill Richards’ Streamed Space Paintings frame and interlace space with streams and flowing masses of pure color, giving the impression of simultaneous occurrence. His process results in misdirected colors while maintaining the color autonomy of convergent wet paint," adds the statement by Carter Burden Gallery. "Dramatic and majestic, the “gestures” are grand and bold, their interaction seemingly confused yet oddly coherent—they seem to converge and diverge simultaneously, forming a kind of fluid Gordian knot that seems to unravel as it is tied—and their colors are fresh and luminous."

Marilyn Sontag's "On the Wall" exhibition will explore aesthetic contrasts and complements. "Her improvised environment will utilize planned and unplanned elements, including cut and torn shapes of paper spiraling and curling against panels of color. The resulting environment will capture the illusion of movement and ethereal lightness," adds the statement.

The Carter Burden Center is a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman. The mission is to promote the well-being of older adults through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. For more information about the Carter Burden Center and its programs, visit Staten Island arts fans you will not want to miss this unique, one-of-a-kind exhibit.