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New York, NY 10011
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Garth Greenan Gallery will present a selection of recent and historical works by sculptor Richard Van Buren. Although he featured in Primary Structures, the Jewish Museum’s landmark 1966 exhibition that defined Minimalism, Van Buren never fully conformed to the formalism and sleek aesthetic of the movement. From his early hard-edged geometric works to the freer organic forms of the 1970s onward, he has manifested a deep interest in the interplay of light and color. Throughout his career he has experimented with the properties of diverse materials, questioning the relationship between natural and synthetic. His most recent practice simultaneously challenges and depends upon our material-driven culture, incorporating substances such as dry pigment, fiberglass, adhesive, glitter, and shells into plastic biomorphs.
About the Gallery
Garth Greenan Gallery champions established artists whose work deserves greater recognition. By re-presenting and recontextualizing the work of these artists, the gallery questions the prevailing narratives of contemporary art history and encourages its revision. The gallery currently represents an intergenerational group of artists, many of whom emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, including Howardena Pindell, Rosalyn Drexler, Allan D'Arcangelo, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Al Loving, encompassing painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Each year, the gallery presents seven exhibitions, primarily solo shows, which are often accompanied by publications. In September 2016, Garth Greenan relocated to a new 5,000-square-foot ground floor space on West 20th Street in Chelsea, inaugurated with a site-specific installation by Roy McMakin, an expansion that has enabled the gallery to extend its programming into artist conversation, lectures, readings, and other events.
Richard Van Buren, Yangtze, courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery
Richard Van Buren, Untitled (Life Magazine), courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery
Richard Van Buren, Slate Mist, courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery
Richard Van Buren, Mahar, Courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery