While by a diverse group of artists, ranging in age, location, and nationality, the works highlight repeating themes in the gallery's vast exhibition history: recurring aesthetic and artistic concerns, shared preoccupations, and a wide range of photographic practices
Andrea Meislin Gallery is proud to present Decadal Variations; a celebratory exhibition, marking the gallery's tenth anniversary. The exhibition will be on view October 15, 2014 to January 9, 2015, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Shelley Rice and Nissan Perez. In conjunction with the exhibition Andrea Meislin Gallery will host a series of public programs featuring artist talks, film screenings, and live performances.
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Artists: Ilit Azoulay, Daniel Bauer, Rina Castelnuovo, Michal Chelbin, Andy Freeberg, Barry Frydlender, Vardi Kahana, Naomi Leshem, Tal Shochat, Angela Strassheim, Pavel Wolberg
Since its inception in 2004, Andrea Meislin Gallery has presented over 60 exhibitions and the works of dozens of artists. Decadal Variations is an anthology, a historical overview and a vantage point to the future. The exhibition is a celebration of artistic appreciation by curators and cultural institutions, with each work being part of a major museum or public collection—attesting to the global recognition of artistic, aesthetic and cultural values.
While by a diverse group of artists, ranging in age, location, and nationality, the works highlight repeating themes in the gallery's vast exhibition history: recurring aesthetic and artistic concerns, shared preoccupations, and a wide range of photographic practices. Personal and national identity; time and place; political commentary and social critique are the thematic threads that run the gamut of this show, tying together disparate and distant practices into one cohesive statement. Each work alone, and the exhibition as a whole, are representative of the gallery's programming in the past decade and are evidence of the gallery's commitment to curatorial recognition.
Barry Frydlender's depiction of Israeli reality is joined by Tal Shochat's utopian renderings of an Edenic existence. Ilit Azoulay and Daniel Bauer's work, exhibited together for the first time, team to challenge our notions of order, balance and hierarchy within a photographic plane. Angela Strassheim and Naomi Leshem offer interpretations of the psychological conditions of youth in contemporary society, while Michal Chelbin, Vardi Kahana, Pavel Wolberg and Andy Freeberg's works open a window into the inner worlds of inaccessible communities, rendering the invisible visible for a brief moment.
Ultimately the works in this show are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with one another. As if in a ballroom dancing the waltz—meeting at certain points or moments, and drifting away once again—constantly maintaining a balance of contact and distance.
Decadal Variations is a pause in time; a moment to look back and reflect on the common motivations and interests shared by the gallery's artists throughout the years. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the differences and variety of practices and inquires of each artist. However, more than anything, this exhibition is an outlook to the future, to the possibilities and opportunities afforded to us by art and culture.
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Opening 15 october
Andrea Meislin Gallery (new location)
534 West 24th Street New York