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Studio Gallery 88

Gail Tauber
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Reception Sunday, December 2, 1 to 5 PM*

Studio Gallery 88 presents an exhibition of photographs and works on paper by Gail Tauber. Featured in the show are color photos of coffee cup signs, still life and cafés, drawings and watercolors of cups, and collage.

Photographing coffee cup signs, like the American coffee shop favorite, "Hot Coffee, Best in Town," began some years ago for Gail Tauber as a book design project. Over the course of time a surge of European café style coffee houses opened in the States and the subsequent embrace of designer coffees lent the image of the cup of coffee, "regular," a measure of distinction. Now thoroughly incorporated into our cultural idiom, the coffee cup as motif, once limited to the domain of the American diner, coffee shop and hand painted billboard, has become as ubiquitous as the brew itself.

For Ms Tauber, the coffee cup motif is not only an appealing graphic image to photograph and document, whether in neon or naively hand painted, but a useful object that perfectly illustrates American cultural ritual - a welcome start to our morning, a respite from business or the office, a reason to linger with friends. The selection of photographs Tauber has assembled for this exhibition span New York City and the Hamptons, California, Vermont, Washington, DC, and travels to Havana, London, Montreal and Paris. Her small and simple watercolors and drawings of the cup, included in the show as well, are reflections on her own personal rituals - the sensation of a moment put to paper through the observation of an object rendered in continual variation. Whether emblematic of simple pleasures or cultural ritual, the cup as object affects an immediate recognition and response.

Studio Gallery 88 is an alternative venue located in studio space shared by working artists. It offers a unique opportunity for little known or under represented artists to show their work in an informal setting. The Gallery is entering its fourth successful year of operation on Manhattan’s Upper Westside with a continued commitment to being an active participant in the creative life of the community.

For additional information, please contact Barbara Beck, Director.

*The gallery closes for the holidays December 21 and reopens January 4, 2002.

Biography (select)
Gail Tauber has a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, in painting and printmaking. Her MFA is in Art History/Museum Studies from CUNY/The City College of New York. Ms Tauber has had a long distinguished career as an art director and design consultant to the publishing industry, with a specialty in consumer magazines. She has designed and art directed such publications as House Beautiful, WomenSports, DIAL Magazine of Public Television, Working Woman, Country Music, and Psychology Today, among many others.

Most recently Ms Tauber worked in Museum Education for the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, and was Publicity Director for the Bowery Gallery, NYC. She currently has her own consultant business, Visual Arts Consulting, offering promotion and publicity services to independent visual artists. Ms Tauber is a visual artist as well; this exhibition marks a return to her own work, and is part of a book design project begun several years ago.

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