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Photos: John Greene – Color Fields and Alexander Rutsch – A Retrospective Opening Reception


The energy of NYC’s Autumn Arts and Culture season was reflected at New York Design Center’s building wide event, What’s New What’s Next. This highly anticipated interior design celebration drew in over 6,000 people.

In the same vein, transFORM Gallery’s opening reception, John Greene – Color Fields and Alexander Rutsch – A Retrospective,  created an exciting pulse.

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Alexander Rutsch, a prolific artist was a painter and sculptor, moved to Paris in 1950’s, where he became an influential force in the city’s art scene. In Europe, Rutsch studied with artists such as Herbert Boeckl, Josef Dobrosky, and collaborated with Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.  

Works by Rutsch are part of numerous private and public collections in Europe and the United States. He is represented at the Albertina, the Belvedere Museum and the Academy of Fine Arts all in Vienna, Austria; the Palace de Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium; the Art of Liege, Liege, Galerie Espace, Paris, France; Belgium; Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY; the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA; and the Museum of Modern Art in New Orleans, LA.

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John Greene, works in both single and multi-dimensional formats in encaustic, which is beeswax. He occasionally incorporates lead and copper in his paintings, which have an ever-changing patina and surface, whereas the wax, which is difficult to control and may lead to wonderful “accidents” in the end, counteracts the aging and metamorphosis of the rest of his materials.

The show includes some of Greene’s earliest works, alongside his more recent larger abstract color field paintings. In the final analysis, the one constant in all of Greene’s paintings is his surfaces, which are rich, varied, and encourage the observer to “read” the paintings over and over again.

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(Gwen Greene, Artist John Greene, & Art Gallery Director Kara O’Neill)

The viewers were virtually surrounded by color and image, an enveloping experience that blended well with transFORM’s custom cabinetry. Friends and family of our artists, as well as guests of transFORM Home, created a large and appreciative buzz, listening to live jazz, throughout the night.

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Fencepost A-F

Fencepost A-F

Oil and Encaustic on Fencepost
3.5" on each side
SOLD

Fencepost G-L

Fencepost G-L

Oil and Encaustic on Fencepost
3.5" on each side
$500 per cube

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Untitled Silver #1

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
12" x 12"
$1,500

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Untitled Silver #2

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
30" x 30"
$4,000

Untitled Silver #3

Untitled Silver #3

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
30" x 30"
$4,000

Untitled Silver #4

Untitled Silver #4

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
12" x 12"
$1,500

Untitled Silver #5

Untitled Silver #5

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
12" x 12"
$1,500

Untitled Silver #6

Untitled Silver #6

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
24" x 24"
$3,000

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Untitled White with Colored Paint Chips

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Cooper & Mixed Media
12" x 12"
$1,500

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Untitled Nail #1

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Mixed Media
19.5" x 43"
$9,000

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Untitled Nail #2

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Copper & Mixed Media
24" x 24"
$5,000

 Untitled Nail #3

Untitled Nail #3

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Lead & Mixed Media
24" x 24"
$5,000

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Untitled Nail #4

Double Sided - Standing Piece
Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Mixed Media
12" x 8" x 1.5"
$2,500

Untitled Figurative #1

Untitled Figurative #1

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
30" x 24"
$6,000

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Untitled Landscape #1

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Copper
48" x 48"
$17,000

Untitled Landscape #2

Untitled Landscape #2

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Cooper
15" x 15"
$2,000

Untitled Feathers #1

Untitled Feathers #1

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Mixed Media
9.75" x 9.75"
$800

Untitled Feathers #2

Untitled Feathers #2

Oil and Encaustic on Panel with Mixed Media
9.75" x 9.75"
$800

Untitled Wall Piece #1

Untitled Wall Piece #1

Double Sided
Oil and Encaustic on Panel
13" x 12" x 2"
$2,500

Untitled Wall Piece #2

Untitled Wall Piece #2

Double Sided
Oil and Encaustic on Panel
13" x 12" x 2"
$2,500

Untitled Small Table Piece #1

Untitled Small Table Piece #1

Double Sided - Standing Piece
Oil and Encaustic on Panel
15" x 12" x 12.5" x 2"
$3,000

Untitled Small Table Piece #2

Untitled Small Table Piece #2

Double Sided - Standing Piece
Oil and Encaustic on Panel
15" x 12" x 12.5" x 2"
$3,000

Untitled Large Table Piece #1

Untitled Large Table Piece #1

Double Sided - Standing Piece
Oil and Encaustic on Panel
20" x 23" x 2"
$4,500

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Untitled Large Table Piece #2

Double Sided - Standing Piece
Oil and Encaustic on Panel
20" x 23" x 2"
$4,500

Untitled Standing Piece

Untitled Standing Piece

Double Sided
Oil and Encaustic on Panel
19.5" x 22" x 2"
$4,500

Untitled Color Field #1

Untitled Color Field #1

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
53" x 48"
$15,000

Untitled Color Field #2

Untitled Color Field #2

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 48"
$16,000

Untitled Color Field #3

Untitled Color Field #3

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 48"
$16,000

Untitled Color Field #4

Untitled Color Field #4

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 48"
$16,000

Untitled Color Field #5

Untitled Color Field #5

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
60" x 48"
$16,000

Untitled Color Field #6

Untitled Color Field #6

Oil and Encaustic on Panel
72" x 72"
$20,000

 

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“For me, painting is about paint: color, texture, the joy of putting it on or scraping it off; I believe the results are best served by keen and repeated viewing. My painting is about surface primarily. Surface is feeling – it can be ambivalent. It gives the illusion of depth and reflection, of time and memory and complexity.

I prefer imagined sites rather than actual landscapes. I incorporate crossroads, paths taken or not taken, suggestions and intimations of the past and the future. Windows, portals, exits and entrances are subjects that inspire me. Materials that age, rust, decay and change are for me the elements of birth and survival. I have been greatly inspired by visits to both the Southwest and to South Africa, by the mysterious and changing landscapes, and the symbolism that permeates so much of their histories. I try to introduce elements that are hidden or apparent, that will encourage “reading” my paintings many times and constantly discovering something new. I find myself using different materials such as copper, lead or nails, materials from the earth (as is paint), which may also continually change over time, I especially like encaustic (beeswax), which in many ways is just the opposite of these other materials in terms of its durability and permanence, and its wonderful ability to be opaque or transparent.

Above all, I love the PROCESS of making a painting – revealing parts of myself that might be a mystery even to me. I love the smells, textures, endless decisions and accidents that come from the paint, the wax, the wood, the nails, and the copper and lead, that seem to be consistent with my purpose, my aesthetic. The making of art is a sensual endeavor, and the better if it speaks to the viewer – to me that is the greatest barometer of success.

Some of my “parents” are Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, Manuel Neri, Anthony Gormley, Elaine Anthony and Judith Streeter.”

You’re Invited – NYC Autumn Art Exhibit Opening Night : John Greene – Color Fields & Alexander Rutsch – A Retrospective


 

Join us at our NYC showroom and gallery on Thursday, September 17th from 6-9pm.

Please send your RSVP to rsvp@transformgallery.com.

transFORM Gallery is excited to announce our Autumn art exhibit, John Greene and Alexander Rutsch at our Manhattan Showroom in the New York Design Center.  The opening reception will be held on September 17th from 6pm to 9pm to coincide with the New York Design Center’s highly anticipated annual event, What’s New What’s Next.  In addition, transFORM will be hosting a presentation on the future of smart living in urban spaces, Small Spaces in the Big City – Innovations in Space Saving Design, at 6:45pm.  Join us as we celebrate the thriving use of art in the New York design community.

About John Greene –  John D. Greene focuses on creating his own reality, painting imagined rather than real landscapes, recreating long-forgotten images and vistas. As John explains it, “painting is about paint. Color, texture, the joy of putting it on or scraping it off”. Helen A. Harrison of the New York Times calls John Greene’s color field paintings, “intense”.

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About Alexander Rutsch – Alexander Rutsch’s early years were spent in France where he collaborated with his contemporaries, Picasso and Dali. These collaborations are strongly seen in several paintings throughout our gallery, including a mixed media portrait of Dali created during a sitting at the St. Regis, New York in 1969. His work is held in the collections of Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Walter Cronkite, Salvador Dali, Sammy Davis Jr, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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About What’s New What’s Next – The New York Design Center presents its seventh annual What’s New, What’s Next, a showcase of new ideas, design, materials, and products. The most anticipated interior design event of the season will boast presentations, book signings, and panel discussions with the industry’s top editors, designers, and manufacturers.

In addition to the stimulating programs surrounding the latest trends, guests have the opportunity to view new product introductions ranging from residential to contract, rugs to lighting, sofas to tiles, ultra-modern to traditional, and everything in between. What’s New, What’s Next celebrates every facet of the design industry generating a buzz that can’t be missed.