New York, NY USA
Sonntag, 6. Januar 2013 ‐ Sonntag, 10. Februar 2013
Hours: Weds - Sun 12-6
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents 8 + 8, a two-gallery survey of Paul Resika’s painting,
featuring eight works that span eight decades of Resika’s career, beginning in the 1940s and
continuing up to the present. Resika has never had a retrospective before. Connected to personalities
as diverse as Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, Leo Castelli, Milton Resnick and Clement Greenberg,
his career stands as a veritable roadmap for the diversity of the New York art world over the past
This condensed ‘microspective’ includes an essential work from distinct stylistic phases in Resika’s
career, highlighting his painterly breadth and reflecting his own attempt to capture what is essential in
his subjects. This exhibition is concurrent with an exhibition of eight new Resika paintings at Lori
Bookstein Fine Art.
Resika (b. 1928) combines loose New York School painting and representational depiction with a
singular boldness and poetic specificity. He negotiates the terrain between past and present, memory
and observation, abstraction and representation.
Against the backdrop of the trends of pop and minimalism that swept the New York art world, Resika
remained a truly independent figure, unafraid to follow his paintings wherever they took him. His
career took dramatic and surprising twists.
Born in New York City, Resika studied with Hans Hofmann as a teenager and had his first solo show
at age 19 at George Dix Gallery in New York. Seeking the traditional tools that Hofmann had received,
such as training in perspective and anatomy, Resika travelled throughout Europe during the 1950s –
60s, studying 19th century landscape and old master painting. Upon returning to America, he
introduced painting outdoors into his practice.
In the 1980s, Resika discovered a new motif in Provincetown – the squat rectangular pier buildings on
the waterfront. Yet after years of plein air painting, Resika no longer paints these seaside scenes from
life; instead he generates metonymic symbols for his trees, boats and people. Resika’s recent painting
calls to mind the concept of ‘pittura metafisica’ or what the Italian painter Carlo Carrà termed ‘painting
Resika currently splits his time between New York City and Cape Cod. His work is included in the
collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of
American Art and many other public collections. He has received numerous grants and awards,
including a Guggenheim Fellowship and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.