Robert De Niro Sr. is getting some posthumous attention through a new effort being made by his actor son. Robert De Niro Sr. (1922-93) is getting attention through a documentary that featured the painter's son actor De Niro talking movingly about the painter's art work and a new gallery exhibition at Chelsea gallery DC Moore is showing five decades of the artist's work. The story appeared today on http://www.nytimes.com about the opening of the new gallery exhibit.
"This beautiful exhibition presents works from five decades," adds The Times. "Coming of age in the late 1940s, Mr. De Niro was committed to a kind of figurative painting indebted mainly to Matisse. He favored routine, School of Paris-type subject matter: generalized portraits, still lifes, the female nude and room interiors. But he painted with sensuous panache and an acute feel for color, using wide, generously loaded brushes," adds The Times. "While the things he pictured were usually static, the way he rendered them — in a fluid choreography of painterly gestures and in hues ranging from muddy to incandescent — makes them seem voluptuously alive."
For a few years De Niro Sr. was a favorite of the New York art scene and a protege of Peggy Guggengheim, stresses The Times in the article. "Peggy Guggenheim gave him (De Niro) his first solo show in 1946, when he was just 24, and he garnered glowing reviews from Clement Greenberg and other critics. Then came Abstract Expressionism and, after that, Pop and Minimalism, and Mr. De Niro’s kind of painting fell precipitously out of fashion."
But De Niro kept painting and the exhibition spotlights five decades of his work. ''He (De Niro Sr.) kept faith with his convictions, and with the passage of time, his pictures became brighter and more infectiously hedonistic. Some of the most compelling works here are from his later decades." As the documentary movingly suggests, he also struggled with being gay through most of his career.
Staten Island arts fans come view “Red House With Blue Door” (1970) and the velvety “Still Life With Vase of Flowers, Lemons, Chair and Guitar” (1989) and learn more about painter Robert De Niro Sr. The exhibition is on display at DC Moore at 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea in New York City through July 31. What a great way to celebrate the life and work of the father of actor De Niro and see just how beautifully the arts runs in this famous family. Staten Island fans of the arts, this exhibit is worth the trip!