Deborah Rosenthal’s “Paintings: Lovers/Orion” at Bowery Gallery Until October 25

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Paintings: Lovers/Orion, a new exhibit from Deborah Rosenthal, professor of Fine Arts at Rider University, will debut on Thursday, October 2, at the Bowery Gallery, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Bowery Gallery is located in the Chelsea section of Manhattan at 530 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. Paintings: Lovers/Orion closes on October 25.

“Each of her paintings, by excluding perspective, foreshadowing or other recessional illusions, insists on the integrity of a line that evolves but can never vanish in the surface geometry,” writes Douglas Crase, a poet and former MacArthur Fellow, in an essay that accompanies the Paintings: Lovers/Orion brochure. “Each, then, is a vision of time not to be circumvented by mere entry or passage. Meanwhile, her always transitive color (the artist herself has called it ‘hyperbolic’) is likewise released from representation. Allowed by Rosenthal to extend its own dialectics, color responds in a plenary membrane of forces, a bold analogy to the fabric of the universe where the father we look, the more time we see.”

Paintings: Lovers/Orion recently drew notable mention from art critic Lance Esplund in The New York Sun in answer to the question, “What are the really big and important – the ‘must-see’ – shows out there?” To read Esplund’s August 28 article, click here: http://www.nysun.com/arts/the-art-world-embraces-the-wow-factor/84768/

Rosenthal is a painter who has had 10 solo shows in New York, including many at the Bowery Gallery. Her paintings are in public and private collections, and have been discussed in the pages of The New York Times, The New Yorker, Arts, Art in America, and Modern Painters, among others. Rosenthal was also the subject of a segment on PBS featuring two stained-glass windows in a New York synagogue that she designed.

A graduate of Barnard with an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Rosenthal has taught and lectured widely, at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago, Stanford University, the New York Studio School, Parsons, and the School of Visual Arts. She has published many exhibition reviews and full-length articles in such publications as The New Criterion, Modern Painters, Arts, and Art in America. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Critic’s Traveling Fellowship for her writing on art.

For more information about Deborah Rosenthal, and to view more samples of her work, please visit www.deborahrosenthalstudio.com.

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