Tuesday, April 27, 2010


"Placing Marco Breuer's photograph, Untitled (Tip) with works from aboriginal Australia reveals how design patterns might appear similar but embody very different meanings. Breuer created his wispy white vertical lines by pressing an object against light-sensitive photography paper, exposing the paper to light, then developing the image.

This camera-less photograph represents the artist's interest in exploring the possibilities of photography as a material form. It does not try to represent anything other than what it is. The aboriginal works in this gallery feature similar abstract patterns and colors, but have very distinct symbolic meanings connected to dreaming, the past, and rituals. The dotted flowing pattern and earth tones of Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson’s, Untitled, 1984, for example, suggest landscape and crops, while the patterns of other works evoke dreams deeply connected to the Australian culture. In the end, abstraction is dependent on the artistic intention and the cultural context of the work" 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

STEPHEN ELLIS | INSECTS AND FLOWERS: Opening Thursday April 22 6-8 PM

April 22 - May 22, 2010

Stephen Ellis
Untitled, 2010
oil and alkyd on linen
78 x 60 in (198.1 x 152.4 cm)

Von Lintel Gallery proudly presents Insects and Flowers, the first solo show of new works by Stephen Ellis since 2006. 

In this new body of work, Ellis explores the connection between physical movement, organic morphology and painterly gesture. He has emphatically shifted his focus away from his signature grids of complex geometric systems and toward a part of his visual vocabulary that has usually been subservient to the grid: the organic, gestural arabesque. Though present in some of his earlier work, these swirling, foliage-like marks functioned as a supporting counterpoint to the geometric structure of the image, as stitching to a quilt, or creeping vines on a brick wall. Here, they play the lead; they are the structure.

Stephen Ellis's paintings appear in numerous public and private collections across the United States and Europe, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford and the Fond Nationale Art Contemporaine (FNAC) in France. This exhibition marks the artist's ninth solo show with Von Lintel Gallery since its inception in Munich and his twelfth one-person show in New York.

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Monday, April 19, 2010


Stephen Ellis
Untitled, 1999
Oil and alkyd on linen
24 x 18 in.  (61.0 x 45.7 cm)

Stephen Ellis
They Feed They Lion, 2003
Oil and alkyd on linen
50 x 84 in.  (127.0 x 213.4 cm)
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Stephen Ellis
Untitled, 1989
oil, ink, alkyd on linen
68" x 50" (172.7 x 127 cm)

Stephen Ellis
Untitled, 1997
oil and alkyd on canvas
38 x 34 inches (96.5 x 88.4 cm)
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Stephen Ellis
Untitled, 2002
Oil and alkyd on linen
48 x 40 in  (121.9 x 101.6 cm)

Stephen Ellis
Untitled, 2000
oil and alkyd on linen
36" x 34" (91.4 x 86.4 cm)

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Link here to Brooklyn Rail article

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Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York

   Stephen Ellis
 Untitled or The Parlor Intellectual
    Oil and alkyd on linen, 1996
    60 x 50 in.

    Collections: Contemporary Art
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts

Stephen Ellis
Helgoland IV
, 1995
Series: Helgoland
plate: 79.3 x 49.7 cm (31 1/4 x 19 9/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, M25838
Department of Prints

Stephen Ellis's work is included in public collections also including:
  • The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
  • The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, England
  • The National Fund for Contemporary Art, Paris

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May 30, 2005

"Ever since the 1890s, when Monet produced his influential serial paintings of cathedrals and haystacks, modern artists have been stimulated by the idea of working in series. From Kandinsky woodcuts, to Warhol screenprints, to Winters linocuts, twentieth-century artists have used prints to explore serial repetition.

Drawn from two extraordinary private collections and the Museum’s holdings, this exhibition investigates theme and variation in sixty original print series and portfolios by contemporary European and American artists active since 1960. It’s a dazzling array of works - ranging from matched pairs of two to series of twenty-five - by more than fifty artists working in a wide spectrum of print media.

From more representational works (Andy Warhol flowers, Vija Celmins landscapes, Roy Lichtenstein mirrors, and Richard Estes urban architecture), to geometric or gestural suites from major figures of abstract art (Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Dorothea Rockburne, and Ellsworth Kelly), "Sets, Series, and Suites" proves the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts."


7 Grays

January 8 - February 9, 2002

Organized by Dan Walsh

"NEW YORK – The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present "7 Grays", an exhibition organized by Dan Walsh. The exhibition will open on January 8 and will remain on view through February 9, 2002, at 521 West 21st Street. 

Conceived as a half-scientific, half-carnivalesque exploration of the color gray, the exhibition will consist of two parts. On one side of the room, a sequence of seven stalls will present the formal, investigative aspect of the show. Each stall will contain a single work consisting of the color gray approached through seven different mediums. 

Around these seven grays, Walsh will bring together a variety of works reflecting on color theory in a free-wheeling, playful manner. This aspect of the show will include painterly riffs on the color spectrum in media as varied as tile, wood relief, fluorescent light, and glass. In addition, giant binoculars will invite the viewer to experience the perceptual blending of five different colors.
At the heart of the exhibition is Dan Walsh’s interest in studies of perception and their relevance for contemporary art. Can a perceptual experience co-exist or intersect with an awareness of the historical and cultural conditions that govern the viewing of art? One of the aims of the exhibition will be to examine the shifting meanings inherent in the perception of various optical phenomena. 

Among many artists participating in the exhibition are Rick Briggs, Rudolf Di Crignis, Stephen Ellis, Martina Klein, Bill Komoski, Ruth Lauer, Daniel Levine, Vera Lutter, Matthew McCaslin, Olivier Mosset, Amy O’Neill, Michael Rhodes and Michael Scott. 

Dan Walsh was born in Philadelphia in 1960. He lives and works in New York. His paintings have recently been shown in a one-person show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and he will show graphic works at the MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2002."

Group exhibitions also include: 
  • "Invitational," at the American Academy of Arts & Letters
  • "Works on Paper," Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
  • "Abstraction/Abstractions: Conditional Geometries", Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, France 
  • "Nuevas Abstracciones," Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

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Stephen Ellis: Paintings
Texts by Lynne Tillman;
Aruna D’Souza and Tom McDonough
96 pp. with 40 color illustrations. 4to, wraps
Munich, Edition Lintel & Nusser, 2001
ISBN 3-86136-065-9

Stephen Ellis reevaluates the legacy of Minimalism and explores painting’s reliance on a set of codes, as presented in this new and comprehensive monograph of works executed from 1989-2001. Placing Ellis at the forefront of contemporary art and abstract painting, this investigation reveals a rich œuvre of emotionally charged paintings. Beautifully produced and fully illustrated in color, the book is an important resource to those interested in Ellis' work or the subject of abstract painting and its context in contemporary art and culture. 

Stephen Ellis (born 1951, North Carolina) lives and works in New York City. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States. His work has recently been featured at the Reina Sophia, Madrid; the Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint Etienne; and P.S. 1 in New York.

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