The new Gandy Brodie exhibit that opened tonight at The Painting Center in Manhattan, New York gave visitors a glimpse of two decades of the late artist's work. The show entitled "City, Country, City" offered a peek at the artists's work that spanned several decades. The posthumous work of the artist (1925-1975) showed two sides of his personality: country and city that encapsulates the artist's life and work. The exhibit opened in the Main Gallery & Project Room, and was worth the trip into Manhattan from Staten Island. According to press materials on hand at the opening (February 25) "Brodie's work combines stark almost primitive imagery with dense heavily worked surfaces."
Brodie, a "self-taught" artist, "after (he) studied dance with Martha Graham, began painting in the mid forties inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night along with works by Picasso and Paul Klee that he saw at the Museum of Modern Art."
Brodie had no formal training
"Brodie was inspired by jazz and had a friendship with Billie Holiday. The Hishorn Museum owns a large painting by Brodie of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis," added a press statement about Brodie. Brodie was included in the 1957 Artists of the New York School: Second Generation show at the Jewish Museum as well as being included in Thomas Hess's 1956 article U.S. Painting: Some Recent Directions," added the press materials.
Brodie's work has been on display at the Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968. "In 2006 Brodie's Meditation on a Kosher Tag, 1963, was included in the Soutine and Modern Art exhibition at the Cheim and Read Gallery along with works by Pollock, Dubuffet, de kooning, Resnick and others," added a statement. The exhibition was curated by Craig Manister, a professor at The College of Staten Island. All works were on loan to The Painting Center in Manhattan by the estate of Gandy Brodie, courtesy of Steven Harvey fine art projects and other private collections. Staten Island arts fans, come see the exhibit that runs now through March 22 Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact The Painting Center at (212) 343-1060. For more about the exhibit visit http://www.thepaintingcenter.org.
Anemones in rusted can by Gandy Brodie explored mixed media on paper (1975). The art work explored the artist's interest in country and is a major theme in the exhibit.
Intrusion of Light
Gandy Brodie's oil on masonite offered a rhythm that may have been inspired by the artist's love of dance. The play of light in an idyllic country setting is a major theme in the artist's work. A simple subject that is defined by painting stripped to its purest form.
Post No Bills
This dramatic oil on linen canvas is abstract but dramatic and offers a cityscape that is inspired by graffiti art. The canvas is as alive as the city itself.
The work of Gandy Brodie is on display at The Painting Center now through March 22. The exhibit shows paintings in mixed media that are inspired by the country and city itself. The posthumous exhibit featuring work by the self-taught artist offers a glimpse into the world that inspired the former dancer to paint.