June 28 – August 20, 2017 | Hung Liu: American Dream

Hung Liu: Dirty Pink

Hung Liu American Dream Opening Reception Friday, July 7, 5-7pm Hung Liu’s career has been built upon her signature portrayal of imagery from her Chinese homeland, yet she has made her home in the United States since 1984. In her newest body of work, Liu explores her American identity through the iconic imagery of Dust Bowl Era (particularly Dorothy Lange’s) photography.

Born in China to a captain in Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Army, Hung Liu’s father was captured by Communist forces and imprisoned in a labor camp. Hung and her mother fled to Beijing, where they survived Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward and the mass famine it induced. Hung’s mother destroyed all family photos depicting Hung’s father in order to protect Hung from the Mao regime, which viewed Nationalists and their families as enemies of the people. Hung thus came to treasure family photographs, whether they depicted her own family or someone else’s.

When Hung was sent to the countryside for proletarian “re-education” at age 20, toiling in rice and wheat fields 364 days/year for four long years, a friend asked Hung to safeguard her camera. During that time, Hung took secret photographs of her fellow Chinese laborers. These photographs became her collective family album; they are the basis for her iconic portraits in which she has memorialized these workers’ humanity for the last thirty years of her painting practice.

Liu became interested in Lange’s imagery through their shared passion of capturing the dignity of their subjects. Historically, Liu’s work has carried the themes of migration, labor, oppression, and marginalization, and these themes continue through and tie together this newest series. Through her art, Liu recognizes the power inherent in the struggle of Dust Bowl and Great Depression Era migrant workers, field hands, immigrants, and disenfranchised minorities. Vivid strokes of vibrancy crack through what is a predominantly muted color palette as if to breathe new life into the pale ghosts of the dispossessed. Hung speaks of the Americans in her paintings as her ancestors, even though she is from China: “we adopt each other’s children, why shouldn’t we adopt each other’s ancestors, as well?”

This exploration is meant to act as a magnifying lens for the current global refugee crisis, driven by war, ecological disaster, and famine. Caught amid a global political climate of growing fear and distrust, Hung Liu makes a potent statement about our place as moral citizens of common history.

Opening Reception Friday, July 7, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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Santa Fe New Mexican: Rotation and revolution—Hung Liu at Turner Carroll Gallery

August 5-November 26, 2017 | Hung Liu: Women Warriors, at Kalamazoo Institute of Art

Hung Liu, Summer with Cynical Fish, oil on canvas

Hung Liu, Summer with Cynical Fish, oil on canvas

Hung Liu Women Warriors Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Exhibition is made possible with assistance from Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe.

Female strength in the face of persecution is the thread running through Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu, opening at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts August 5.

The exhibition contains 20 mixed-media, painted, and photographic works that show the power and perseverance of Chinese women throughout history–from imperial concubines to warriors of the Red Army and survivors of the Cultural Revolution–like herself.

Hung Liu has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her paintings and installations are in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts painting fellowship, and is Professor Emerita of Studio Art at Mills College, Oakland, CA.

Liu was born to a captain in the Nationalist Army of Chiang Kai-shek in Changchun, China in 1948. Her father was captured by Communist forces, and imprisoned in a labor camp. When Hung was 11, she and her mother fled to Beijing, where she survived Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward” and the mass famine it induced. To protect the family, Liu’s mother destroyed all the photographs he was in.

Sent into the countryside at 20 for “reeducation” Hung Liu worked every day for four years as a farm laborer. It was there she began to secretly take photographs with a friend’s camera–some of which are seen in her current work.

“This exhibition presents visions of determined, strong, beautiful warriors–fragmentary glimpses of unknown women–enveloped within new lives of beauty and dignity,” says KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate.

Hung’s work often makes use of anonymous Chinese historical photographs, particularly those of women, children, refugees, and soldiers. Many are based on photographs of Chinese concubines and prostitutes she discovered in an old shop when she returned to China in 1990. Hung says “the majority of girls were sold by poor families. Girls were not as precious as boys; they could not carry on the family name.”
Liu points out that photography in China, originally used by the royal court, commodified these oppressed concubines even as it gave them a place in history alongside the highest strata of society. She strives to give these anonymous women a new life of beauty, often employing gold or silver leaf along with symbols of rebirth, immortality, wisdom, and good fortune between layers of resin. The resulting images are amalgamations of beauty, history, and transformation.

Viewers may wonder about the circles and drips in Hung Liu’s paintings. The circle references immortality and infinity, and functions as the period at the end of a Chinese sentence. In school in China, Hung’s instructor would circle his favorite part of her work. She suggests the drips represent the blurring of memory, reinforcing our responsibility to remember the past clearly: every day is Memorial Day, every day is Thanksgiving.

An opening celebration for the exhibition is set for Friday, August 4, 5-8 pm at the museum, as part of August Art Hop. Admission is free.

This exhibition is organized with the assistance of Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and supported in Kalamazoo by the Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund. It will be on view in the museum’s Joy Light Gallery For Asian Art.

About the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes the visual arts are for everyone, and that they inspire, transform, and fulfill. Chartered in 1924 as private non-profit organization, the KIA offers opportunities to explore, enjoy, and create art. With more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection, the museum presents collection-based and touring exhibitions in 10 long-term and changing galleries. The Kirk Newman Art School hosts four terms of community-based art classes for all ages.

A link to the exhibition at KIA is here.

June 28 – August 20, 2017 | Hung Liu: American Dream

Santa Fe New Mexican: Rotation and revolution—Hung Liu at Turner Carroll Gallery

Aug 23 – Sep 12, 2017 | Nina Tichava and Jamie Brunson: NEW New Mexico Abstraction

New New Mexico Abstraction

Nina Tichava was born in Vallecitos, NM, and was raised between rural Northern New Mexico and the Bay Area, California. Jamie Brunson, on the other hand, was born in Coronado, CA, and built her career in the Bay Area, only recently moving to Northern New Mexico. However, both artists are interested in time and place, and the influence of these concepts in their work is subtle yet undeniable.

Brunson’s work has historically focused on the sensory experiences that occur in meditation practice. Since moving to New Mexico three years ago, elements of the environment, landscape, and architecture have increasingly influenced her compositions, expressed formally as saturated color, rhythmic intervals, geometric divisions, and tactile surface treatment. The final product evokes internal and external landscapes and shifting atmospheres. The process becomes the practice of staying grounded in the present through the immediacy of sensation.

Tichava works primarily from a procedural stance. Her art is about relationship, and her focus is on the interplay of elements and materials. Her process is best described as weaving, as she combines painting and printmaking techniques, drawing and collage, in a fashion both liberated and constrained. Tichava’s mother was a New Mexican weaver in the more traditional sense, and Nina’s paintings explore how to weave oneself into a tight knit, traditional community as a relative outsider. She weaves New Mexico’s historic aesthetic with contemporary concepts. Recently, the sudden and urgent sacredness of our natural environment has become Nina’s focus. Her Borrowed Landscapes series aims to find a new perspective and reconnection to the land and the people who call it home.

Opening Reception Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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Sep 15 – Oct 15, 2017 | Georges Mazilu: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings

Georges Mazilu: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings

Romania’s history is cloaked in mystery, but it possesses an art history that is rich and beautiful. Golden icon paintings and ornate monasteries grace the countryside. Consequently, artistic training in Romania is highly rigorous, with 9 years of schooling. The first four years focus on the human figure; the last five years focus on a specific media of choice. Georges Mazilu was trained as a realist, portraying the human figure. After mastering realism, Mazilu became an abstract painter. For several years, his works were purely abstract assemblages, based on the patterns of his upbringing with a tailor parent. The patterning is obvious in Mazilu’s blend of abstraction with realism, creating final forms somewhat anthropomorphic. Today, Mazilu’s paintings display perfectly blended fusions of abstraction and stunning realism. He combines his magical realist style with the European Old Master palette, creating a masterful fusion of old world and dream world.

Noted art historian and Professor Emeritus of Princeton University, Sam Hunter, wrote the most recent monograph on Mazilu, but the late, preeminent South African writer André Brink described Mazilu’s work most poetically:

“Mazilu’s originality, even when he mockingly inserts himself in an admirable and exciting tradition, lies in moving beyond what has been done, in painting precisely what Bosch or Redon or Dali have not imagined. This is the challenge to which each picture responds, each constituting a ludic leap of the imagination, or of faith, into the dark of the as yet unimaginable: it is this motion towards ‘something beyond,’ this act of ‘crossing over,’ of defying limits and boundaries, that defines the…dynamism, of an art that dazzles as much through its technical virtuosity as the subtlety and outrage of its imagination.”

Opening Reception Friday, September 15, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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Nov 20, 2017 | Igor Melnikov: The Human Vessel

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Russian artist Igor Melnikov is one of the top artists to emerge from the post-Soviet Russian art world.  Unlike more opportunistic Russian artists who sought to make artwork that would appeal to the Western art collector, Melnikov has always remained true to his intimate belief in art as a spiritual practice.

Melnikov grew up fairly isolated in Siberia, where his mother was a scientist.  His own childhood was spent largely in isolation, so he views the inner world of the child as the most pure vessel of humanity.

Contrary to what appears to be figurative painting at first glance, Melnikov views his own work as conceptual art.  He presents the pure human vessel, in the form of the expressionless, innocent child; allowing the viewer to fill that vessel with meaning as they ponder the work.

Opening Reception Friday, November 20, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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Dec 1, 2017 | Suzanne Sbarge: Bestiary

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New Mexico artist Suzanne Sbarge has led a fascinating artistic life.  Her family emigrated from France during World War II, ending up in a concentration camp on Martinique.  She grew up in New York, and became the studio assistant for famed feminist artist Judy Chicago. As an art scholar and activist herself, Sbarge created the respected 516 Arts gallery in Albuquerque, which regularly receives international attention for its exhibitions.

Suzanne’s own artistry is highly intellectual, curiously combined, and finely crafted, as is her life.  She has created a “Bestiary” of combined animal and human forms, collaged together from the materials of her own existence.

Suzanne Sbarge gallery talk date will be announced soon—stay tuned!

Opening Reception Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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May 11 – Jul 5, 2017 | Israeli Artist Drew Tal: Silent Worlds

Silent Worlds

Israeli artist Drew Tal was born into the rich cultural melting pot of the Middle East in the 1960s. He grew up as an artist-anthropologist, soaking in the diversity of languages, cultural traditions, and textures of the Middle East at that time. Tal is known for his sensitive depictions of people from cultures other than his own, such as Muslim women and Asian children.

“Surrounded with such a colorful collage of ethnicities, languages, nationalities, cultures and religions made me realize from an early age that the world beyond me was a rich and complex place. This revelation opened my eyes to the exotic, and made me extremely curious about people and their religions, customs, costumes and histories.” – Drew Tal

Tal’s work explores ideas of beauty and identity. With his layering of texture and pattern over his photographs, he creates a medium which is somewhere between a photograph and a painting. Additional meaning is layered into his pieces by his choices of texture and pattern, giving them a strong sense of identity and continuity.

Opening Reception Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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April 6 – 9, 2017 | Dallas Art Fair, 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX

Dallas Art Fair

Preview Gala April 6, 7-10 pm (VIP tickets purchased through Dallas Art Fair) Fair open daily April 7-9

Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery – adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown Arts District – the 2017 Dallas Art Fair will feature prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists.

The Preview Gala marks the launch of the ninth annual Dallas Art Fair on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The Preview Gala benefits the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary.

Mar 8 – 31, 2017 | Matri-ART-y: Women’s’ March on Art!

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In a civilization where more than 51% of the population is female, yet 96% of exhibition space is given to men, it’s time for a change.  In honor of National Women’s History Month and in celebration of uniquely brilliant female perspective, Turner Carroll features important women artists all month. Artists include an international roster including Nina Tichava, Raphaelle Goethals, Hung Liu, Squeak Carnwath, Karen Yank, Jamie Brunson, Mavis McClure, Jenny Abell, Suzanne Sbarge, Holly Roberts, and Brenda Zappitell.

Opening Reception Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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Feb 23 – 26, 2017 | Juried Exhibition of works by Albuquerque Academy Emerging Artists

Albuquerque Academy

Albuquerque Academy is ranked the #5 top independent high school in the United States. Not only is it a world-class academic institution, but it also boasts one of the finest Visual Art Departments in this country.  Students are encouraged to think visually and creatively, in addition to thinking critically.  Academy students learn to use their eyes and their hands, as well as their minds, and the resulting artwork they create is astounding.  This juried exhibition, now in its third year, features artworks by Academy students, chosen by gallerists, art critics, and curators from throughout New Mexico.  These works will be available for advance viewing and bidding online at www.turnercarrollevents.com from February 15 to 26 at 4:30 pm, and available for direct purchase in the gallery from February 23-26.

Opening Reception Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5 to 7pm
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Jan 2 – Mar 30, 2017 | Women, Children, and Immigrants: Major Voices in Contemporary Art

In honor of the enormous contribution Women, Children, and Immigrants have made to contemporary art in the United States, Turner Carroll is devoting its exhibition space to them through the end of Women’s History Month (March, 2017).

The exhibition features works by Hung Liu, who came to the U.S. legally from China in 1984 with twenty dollars and two suitcases.  She left her young son behind in China while she made her way in the U.S.  She had endured Mao’s proletariate “re-education” program, toiling in the rice and wheat fields in the countryside 7 days a week for 4 years.  Hung Liu has become one of the most important contemporary artists of our time, and she just happens to be a woman and an immigrant.  Her unique artistic voice has taught an entire generation how to transform painful history into beauty, just as she transformed her own life in such a manner.  Her monumental paintings are in every major museum in the United States, and she has become a proud U.S. Citizen.  Her works are currently on exhibit at the Fresno Museum of Art, which designated her the “Distinguished Artist of the Year.”  She is working on a portrait of Meryl Streep, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and just completed a solo exhibition at American University.  Hung Liu spoke at the Women’s March on Washington, San Francisco; full transcript here:

Other artists whose works are featured in the exhibition include Belgian artist Raphaelle Goethals, Nina Tichava, Jamie Brunson, Holly Roberts, Mavis McClure, Karen Yank, Wanxin Zhang (China), Georges Mazilu (Romania), Suzanne Sbarge, Brenda Zappitell, Drew Tal (Israel), Traian Filip (Romania), Fausto Fernandez (Mexico), and Igor Melnikov (Russia).   The voices of women and immigrant artists have been the voice of Turner Carroll Gallery and Art Advisors since its inception in 1991.  They have portrayed the history of the countries they left behind, and have opened a window of perception for Americans who have seen their works.  Turner Carroll is honored and grateful to share their artistic journey.

Panel discussions throughout February and March, dates to be announced

Rahim AlHaj in Concert: A Benefit for Syrian and Iraqi Children

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master oud musician Rahim AlHaj

In celebration of art uniting us all, Turner Carroll joins forces with master oud musician Rahim AlHaj and internationally acclaimed artists and writers, to support Iraqi and Syrian children. AlHaj will perform music from his upcoming collaboration with musicians from Palestine, Iran,  and North Korea, which will later be performed at Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C.

AlHaj, born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, is uncontestably one of the finest Iraqi musicians to find refuge in the United States. His music has been nominated for Grammy Awards, and he has performed and taught all over the world. His upcoming performances include venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and a music fellowship in China. He plays an instrument that is at least 5000 years old–the oud–but he gives it the voice of compassion, beauty, and struggle, that is embedded in our contemporary culture.

Click here for Rahim’s music and information. Photo by Douglas Kent Hall.

Seating is limited. For benefit tickets please contact Tonya at tcgallery@aol.com

Performance Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7pm
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Aug 23 – Sep 13, 2016 | Georges Mazilu and Mavis McClure: Morphy’s Law

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Morphy’s Law

With the earthiness of clay, and the stylings of the old master palette both artists in this exhibition present explorations of the human and animal forms. Hands on, from the Earth, yet changed.

Opening Reception Friday, August 26, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
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Jul 19 – Aug 9, 2016 | Drew Tal and Karen Yank: Circumspect

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Circumspect

Agnes Martin once told Karen Yank that the “circle is too expansive” as an art form.  Karen later said it was perfect shape for her, because she could control it; because she understood its implications. In the same way Drew Tal uses the gaze on the circle of the face and the eyes to make a comparison of universal features.

Opening Reception Friday, July 22, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
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Jun 3, 2016 | Holly Roberts and Wanxin Zhang: Mind Made Up

Wanxin Zhang

This exhibition explores the ties between the artists using amalgamation of old and new. In the case of Holly Roberts she uses old images in new constructions, whereas Wanxin Zhang uses old history in the new context.

Opening Reception Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
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May 31 – Jun 19, 2016 | Holly Roberts and Wanxin Zhang: Mind Made Up

Holly Roberts and Wanxin Zhang

This exhibition explores the ties between the artists using amalgamation of old and new. In the case of Holly Roberts she uses old images in new constructions,  whereas Wanxin Zhang uses old history in the new context.

Opening Reception Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
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May 10 – 31, 2016 | John Barker: The Book of John

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Santa Fe artist John Barker

New paintings and toys from Santa Fe artist John Barker. Described by critic Iris McLister as “a fervent creator of images that possess a singularly accessible humanity–and as such his works are rife with neuroses and noise.” A fantastic bit of prose for a fantastic emerging painter.

Opening Reception Friday, May 13, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
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Apr 29 – May 13, 2016 | Walter Robinson: Placebo

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Placebo

Robinson’s work investigates the mechanics of cultural and social anthropology. Using text and the strategies of appropriation, conflation, and dislocation, he uncovers the subconscious and biological human imperatives hidden beneath social, political, religious, and capitalist packaging. Robinson’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art and Villa Montalvo, as well as numerous group exhibitions across the United States and abroad. His work is included in many public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Crocker Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, the di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, The Sheldon Museum of Art, and the Djerassi Foundation. His work received critical attention from a number of publications including Artforum, ArtReview, Vanity Fair, and the San Francisco Chronicle. This Turner Carroll exhibition is concurrent with Walter’s paintings featured in Alcoves 16/17.2 at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe.

Brief talk by Walter Robinson Saturday, May 7 at 3 pm, Turner Carroll

Opening Reception Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
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Mar 4 – Apr 24, 2016 | Scott Greene: The Course of Empire

sgr_untitled72Scott Greene’s gorgeous, prophetic, paintings explore the sublime beauty of the human/nature interaction. With lush surfaces rivaling the greatest painters of art history, Greene tackles issues such as climate change and the environment.  This Turner Carroll exhibition is concurrent with Scott’s paintings being featured in Alcoves 16/17 at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe.

Gallery comments by Scott Greene Friday, March 11, at 6 pm, Turner Carroll

Opening Reception Friday, March 11, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
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Feb 2 – 9 , 2016 | Albuquerque Academy Juried Exhibition

rb_enlightenment72Turner Carroll Gallery conceived the exhibition to applaud creative, entrepreneurial, visual communication among the students of Albuquerque Academy. Interacting with visual symbolism is essential for success in our increasingly interdependent global society. A panel of professional art curators, artists, and gallerists, selected the works in the exhibition from more than 150 submissions.

This exhibition represents a phenomenal opportunity for students to present their works to Santa Fe’s international audience of art enthusiasts, while simultaneously honoring Albuquerque Academy’s flourishing creative programs. The artworks are for sale, with all gallery proceeds will be given to benefit the Academy’s creative programs.

Opening Reception Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5 to 7pm [n.b. that this event takes place in Santa Fe]

Oct 10, 2014 | Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu Opens at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

hl_munu72A retrospective of one of the most significant Chinese-American contemporary artists living today, the exhibition Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu explores Hung Liu’s life and career through approximately 80 works of art from private and public collections, including two signature works from the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection. Organized by Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art’s
Senior Curator of Art, René de Guzman, the exhibition is accompanied by a major publication that provides the most comprehensive account of Liu’s body of work to date. Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is on view October 10, 2014–January 11, 2015, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. A collection of rare photographs, and early paintings, all made in China prior to Liu’s immigration to the United States in 1984 will be displayed in the KemperEast gallery. Admission to all Kemper Museum locations is free.

Sep 1, 2012 | Georges Mazilu: New Work

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New work by one of France’s most idiosyncratic painters, whose work was recently added to the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Denver Art Museum.

The twisted world of Mazilu’s creatures with their curious forms and faces is thrillingly presented by Turner Carroll Gallery!Originally from Romania, Mazilu now resides in France after he could no longer live under the harsh rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. His artwork reflects the complexity and unpredictability of modern society. Mazilu creates creatures that have characteristics of the human form yet have unnatural details that cause one to pause. When the artist begins a new piece of art he first lays down figures and shapes and only after he has the abstract form does he begin to incorporate familiar forms from the world surrounding him.

Mazilu works with opposites within his art: working in a medieval style that mixes with his own contemporary views, with dark undefined space to great mechanical detail, and with contrasts of bright forms against dark backgrounds. His nine-year training in the art of the human form is apparent through his clearly defined bodies, yet his own contemporary twist forces the viewer to contemplate the human body. Many of his subjects represent toys as they have mechanical aspects, wires and metal limbs, yet their resemblance to the facial aspects of a human in the face makes it clear these are complex creatures.Mazilu is shown in museums across the globe including the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Sophia Museum of Contemporary Art in Bulgaria. He has also shown in various venues in France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Belgium, and throughout the United States. This exhibition represents Mazilu’s first US exhibition since the Denver Museum of Art acquired a large painting of his.

May 16, 2012 | Greg Murr and Shawn Smith Now at Turner Carroll Gallery

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Greg Murr

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Shawn Smith

We are very pleased to say that we are representing two new artists, Greg Murr and Shawn Smith. Greg is an artist we know well, having shown his work in the 1990s before he moved to Germany. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Progressive Collection, among others.

Shawn Smith came to us via collectors in Dallas. His work is sculptural with an aesthetic built on the digital idea of a pixel but rendered in wood. His most recent work is focused on how we experience nature through technology.

For Murr, the arc of nature runs deep within his practice. A fascination with the way the observable world exists outside our everyday awareness guides his work. Since 2008, Murr’s work has featured dogs with their noses to the ground, relying upon instincts to guide them, loose among a world of tangled pearls or fashion’s latest high-heels.

Dec 7, 2011 | SCOPE Miami 2011 Wrap Up

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SCOPE Miami 2011

Wow. We had an absolutely stellar fair this year at Scope Miami.  Many works by Hung Liu, Eric Zener, Rusty Scruby, Kate Petley and Jenny Abell found collections, including two institutional collections.  The atmosphere was electric at Scope this year with thousands of attendees and loads of press. The link to a blog mentioning us is here. Thanks, Miami!

Sep 24 – Oct 20, 2010 | Georges Mazilu

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Turner Carroll Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of Georges Mazilu’s newest body of work. Internationally recognized for his ability to fuse both contemporary surrealism and Northern Renaissance portraiture, Mazilu’s brilliantly executed paintings portray mysterious settings that entice us delve into these enigmatic compositions.

Georges Mazilu earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Grigorescu Art Institute in Bucharest. His works can be found in prestigious permanent collections including San Francisco’s de Young Museum and the Bulgarian Museum of Contemporary Art. Mazilu is represented in Romania, Germany and the Netherlands, and a member of La Maison de Artistes. Mazilu’s newest body of work is not to be missed!

(Images: Georges Mazilu, L’espion, 2010, acrylic on linen, 18.1 x 21.6″; Le chien messager, acrylic on linen , 21 x 24.25″, 2010; Courtesy Turner Carroll Gallery)

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David Linn: New Works

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Turner Carroll Gallery is pleased to present the newest body of work from acclaimed contemporary artist David Linn.  Linn’s masterful compositions of figures floating through the atmosphere lightly embraced in dramatic billowing drapery, are rendered in incredible photorealistic detail and a soft monochromatic palette.  The intense luminosity that bathes the figures and objects within his oil paintings immediately recall the masterful works of Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters.

This highly collectible American artist has experienced significant exposure in his career, as such prominent institutions such as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Brigham Young, Harvard, and Nevada Universities have acquired his work for their permanent collections.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to witness the newest body of work from this important contemporary master.

Aug 29, 2003 | David Linn: The Unseen Ceremony

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“The Unseen Ceremony” represents perhaps the most important body of work to date by one of the United States’ most promising young artists.  This exhibition at Turner Carroll Gallery is the only exhibition of Linn’s paintings outside of a museum venue for the entire year of 2003.  This exhibition marks an incredible opportunity for Santa Feans/art lovers  to see Linn’s paintings first hand, and we sincerely hope you will help make them aware of this special opportunity.

Some of the finest museums in the country are exhibiting David Linn’s paintings.  In the last three years alone, his work has been the subject of several solo museum exhibitions across the United States, and his paintings have been included in some  landmark exhibitions such as “Representing Representation”–one of the finest exhibitions of representational artwork in the country–at the Arnot Museum of Art in New York.  Perhaps the reason so many museums are clamoring to exhibit  David’s work is the astounding and rare level of quality, technique, and vision his paintings possess.

Part of the importance as well as the appeal of Linn’s paintings lies in their distillation of color and composition.  Linn has refined his palette to the point that it is devoid of color distractions.  As in a dream, he simplifies the color to sepia/monochrome.  By removing  the color distraction, Linn provides an environment which elevates the subject he depicts to the realm of the sacred.

In this exhibition “The Unseen Ceremony,” the subjects of the paintings are the human figure and the landscape.   For Linn “the unseen ceremony” is the act of our simply living our lives in a manner that is conscious and aware enough to take in the painfully beautiful act of living, breathing, relating to each other, our passage toward death, and the preciousness of the natural world in which our lives are lived .

The events one tends to notice and remember in life are the extremes–the shocking, happy, traumatic.  But what Linn attempts to show with his paintings is that even the most ordinary subject–a piece of cloth, for instance, in his “The Unseen Offering;” a cloud in “Terrain #3,” or the most ordinary act, such as touching one’s face in “Preparing #2” can be seen as the most utterly exquisite thing in the universe, if we are only aware enough to see so.
David Linn is a profoundly important artist of our time.

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