BREAD AND SALT

New lo­ca­tion open­ing

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As­tro­nauts ar­riv­ing at the Mir space sta­tion and later at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion have been of­fered small pack­ets of bread and salt, a tra­di­tional Rus­sian wel­com­ing cer­e­mony. The tra­di­tion is also com­mon in Euro­pean and Mid­dle Eastern cul­tures.

David Li­gare has painted the Greek tra­di­tion of xe­nia, gifts of hos­pi­tal­ity, in his still lifes. Still Life with Fruit and Pot was an of­fer­ing to the pub­lic by Hirschl & Adler Modern as it wel­comed peo­ple to its new lo­ca­tion in the Fuller Build­ing in Man­hat­tan, New York. Its open­ing exhibition was ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled Bread & Salt. Ted Hol­land, artist man­ager and exhibition co­or­di­na­tor at the gallery, says, “We wanted to open our new space with a show that high­lights and wel­comes new be­gin­nings. Titling the show af­ter house­warm­ing tra­di­tions felt right—this is our home, our artists’ home, and you are al­ways wel­come here. In­te­grat­ing new work by our long-stand­ing artists with work by artists new to our pro­gram, in­clud­ing two es­tates, al­lows us to show where we have been and hint at where we are go­ing.”

In ad­di­tion to Li­gare’s clas­si­cally in­spired paint­ings, among the con­tem­po­rary artists is El­iz­a­beth Turk, whose carved mar­ble Script: Hor­i­zon­tal seem­ingly turns solid stone back into a fluid. She has de­scribed that para­dox­i­cal phe­nom­e­non: “It is my na­ture that when I think of an idea I also think of an op­po­site state­ment. It’s a si­mul­ta­ne­ous truth. As you move closer to the bor­der of a thought, sud­denly an­other re­al­ity is star­ing at you. It’s about hu­man na­ture. In one space we dom­i­nate, and in an­other we’re dom­i­nated.”

In­cluded in the exhibition are works from es­tates the gallery now rep­re­sents in­clud­ing that of Louisa Chase (19512016). Chase’s ap­proach to paint­ing var­ied through­out her ca­reer. The gallery notes, how­ever, “What never wa­vered was the artist’s in­ten­tion to make vis­ual on can­vas her in­ner emo­tional state. Chase was rec­og­nized early in her ca­reer, and her work was in­cluded in a host of im­por­tant group ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing Bar­bara Rose’s 1979 man­i­festo at the Grey Art Gallery, New York Uni­ver­sity, Amer­i­can Paint­ing: The Eight­ies…” Her Un­ti­tled, 1987, re­calls Cy Twombly and Ellsworth Kelly with its geo­met­ric forms in pri­mary colors and its free, en­er­getic cal­lig­ra­phy.

1 Marc Tru­jillo, 517 East 117th Street, oil on Di­bond alu­minum panel, 24 x 44" 2 El­iz­a­beth Turk, Script: Hor­i­zon­tal, mar­ble, 12 x 39 x 10" 3 David Li­gare, Still Life with Fruit and Pot, oil on can­vas, 38 x 48" 4 María Elena González, A Mod­est and...

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