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Gracie Mansion Gallery

Judy Glantzman
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Reception:  Wednesday, October 18th, 6-8pm

The Gracie Mansion Gallery is pleased to present Judy Glantzman’s "New Paintings"

This exhibition is the artist’s third installation of paintings at the gallery. We first showed her work in 1985 and I have followed its evolution over the past fifteen years.  The earliest works were quick and vibrant cutout portraits that reflected the immediacy of the times. Over the years, the paintings became increasingly more worked.  By the early 90s a new body of work evolved that was obsessively reworked and layered with each painting being labored over sometimes for years. With the recent death of her father, the work took on a new direction.  The current paintings are done in one sitting and retain the immediacy of the early work but are informed by years of personal and artistic growth. They are a compilation of all that has transpired in its most distilled form.

A year and a half ago my father died.  With a sense that everything had changed, I covered older, failed paintings with white.  There was an exhilarating sense of starting fresh. Then I proceeded to make a one-shot painting. Since I was emotionally fragile, the only way I could make a painting was to complete it in one sitting rather than laboring it over time, which requires a sustained focus.

I have continued to make paintings the same way for the past year and a half: a canvas is painted white, and, while wet, I draw in search of a figure from my imagination, deliberately, with great intensity.  I do not disengage until the painting is completed.  I am intensely involved with the surface and my instincts and I don't want my own judgmental reaction to interfere. When I apply my critical thinking, days and weeks after the painting is finished, the editing process leaves me with something like one out of five paintings. I begin the process again on  the failed paintings. As a result, the paintings are often very thick.

I make work about the human condition.  The figure has always been a means of finding physical form for emotional states.  In these, the physical form is disintegrating as much as it is coming into existence. I am representing our own form and how it disintegrates and disappears over time.  The result is paintings of mostly women, some coquettish, some pleading, that want to be seen.  They are naked and vulnerable. Yet they are also daring you to look, self-contained and self-accepting. -- Judy Glantzman

Glantzman, a native of New York, continues to reside and maintain her studio in New York.  She has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1983.  Over the last half decade solo exhibitions of her paintings have been presented at the Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL (2000); Dactyl Foundation, New York, NY (1998); Hirschl and Adler Modern, New York, NY (1997); Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (1996); Harley Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO and Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY (1995); and the BlumHelman Gallery, New York (1994).

Upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design she received the Silver Medal from the Royal Society of the Arts, London, England (1978), awarded to the outstanding graduate.  She has also been a recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (1992), a New York Foundation for the Arts grant (1994), and Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award (1997).

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