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Preview: In Tune With the Portraits, Gilson Lavis, Salomon Arts Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on August 21, 2017 at 10:30 am
Keith Moon Gilson portrait

Keith Moon, Gilson Lavis

In a spin on what is normally discussed on Red Filter Gallery, today we highlight a truly rocking exhibition featuring one of the best rockers to get behind the drumset – Gilson Lavis.

Gilson Lavis has remained one of the most sought after, highly-acclaimed drummers in the UK over the last 40 years.

Best known currently as the superbly versatile drummer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Gilson Lavis is now shining the spotlight on his second career as an artist. His talent as an artist, doing mainly acrylic on canvas portraits and sketches, has always seemed to stay in the background with his music career taking the lead.

He is now bringing his art across the pond to unveil his work in New York City. His portraits are mostly of musicians and recording artists he has long admired, known and worked with. Those in his “Music Legends” series of paintings span the decades from the 1950’s and 60’s…..BB King, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Eartha Kitt, James Brown, Wilson Picket, Ray Charles, Ronnie Spector, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin….to the more contemporary…..Keith Moon, Al Green, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello…..to current day songstresses like Adele and the late Amy Winehouse.

With such personal access to the who’s-who of rock and pop, Lavis’ work is sure to fascinate both portrait fans and music lovers alike. In Tune With the Portraits opens September 15th and will conclude October 5th, 2017.

For More Information: Salomon Arts Gallery

Preview: James Herbert, Gitterman Gallery, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Gallery on August 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

from “Piano” 1987, 1989, James Herbert

This fall, the Gitterman Gallery will be hosting a raw, unbridled exhibition featuring the works of James Herbert; particularly works from the late 1980s.

James Herbert’s photographs of nude young adults, seemingly lost in the intimacy of a moment, combine conceptions of film and photography with elements of art history to create images that hover between the worlds of fact and fiction, between the romantic and the real. The photographs, made of frames selected from his films, are thus the product of a collaboration between Herbert, functioning as an engaged director, and his subjects. As images, they are more poetic and symbolic than concrete, photographic allegories that draw on the visual traditions of painting.

In 1989, using black and white, and color motion picture film that he shot mostly in the 1980s, Herbert projected individual frames, one by one, on a wall, selecting specific ones that he then re-photographed with 35mm black and white film. He later enlarged the images, printing them on 16 x 20 inch paper. This process of re-photographing and then enlarging emphasized the grain of the film and created an aesthetic that mirrors the plasticity of paint. It makes the flesh palpable, in the same way that layering paint on a canvas can provide a visceral experience. He selected the frames to photograph for their still properties, thus they are not necessarily the same edit he used for the films he made from the same footage, which were also made with a re-photographic process.

Born in 1938 in Boston, Herbert grew up in Rhode Island. As a teenager he attended figure drawing classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received a B.A. in art history at Dartmouth College in 1960 and an M.F.A. in painting in 1962 at the University of Colorado where he studied briefly with Clyfford Still and Stan Brakhage. Herbert moved to Athens, Georgia in 1962 and taught painting and filmmaking at the University of Georgia for many years.

The exhibit will open on Thursday, September 7th with a reception running from 6 to 9pm. Those interested will have until November 4th to visit.

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery

Preview: The Summer Show, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Gallery on August 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

Mrs. Paul Jonea, A Professional Dancer, Dorothea Lange

While some may fear the end of summer near, Scott Nichols gallery is just getting started. Drawing from its bevy of classic photography, the gallery’s Summer Show is an annual must-see.

The Scott Nichols Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its annual Summer Show, a selection of photographs from our gallery’s artists and collection.  Included in the exhibition are works by Christopher Burkett, Cole Weston, Chester Higgins, Dorothea Lange, Edmund Teske, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jack Fulton, Jim Banks, Jim Marshall, Judy Dater, Margo Davis, Mona Kuhn, Monica Denevan, Niniane Kelley, and others.  This exhibition features original vintage as well as contemporary work.

If you’re interested and in the San Francisco area, the exhibition will be on display until September 2nd, 2017.

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery