Opening reception at gallery: Friday, August 5, 2011, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new artwork by Toots Zynsky. Her work is a fusion of Impressionistic painting and sculpting of sensuous folds to create undulating forms of color and light that reveal the interior and exterior of the resulting glass pieces from any view. Zynsky’s sculptures are comprised of hair-like strands of glass (heat-formed filet de verre) arranged as two-dimensional paintings in the round, which are then heat fused and sculpted by hand in a kiln-formed process to reveal magnificent sculptures that resemble torch flames, flower petals and coral formations from the ocean.
Toots Zynsky earned her BA degree in 1973 from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence. She developed and refined her unique art making practice while traveling and living in Amsterdam, Paris and Murano. Zynsky returned to the US in 1999 and now lives and works in Providence, RI. Currently, she has a retrospective exhibition consisting of her work from the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky, which is on view in their Focus Gallery from April 2, 2011 - January 29, 2012. Her artwork is represented in over 70 international museum collections, including the Boymans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (New York), Corning Museum of Glass, (Corning, NY), Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Sapporo, Japan), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec, Canada), Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre (Paris, France), Musei Civici Veneziani (Venice, Italy), Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Museum of American Art (Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Toledo Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, (London, UK).
The exhibition will be accompanied by an on-line catalog with an essay by Davira Taragin.
David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza and specializes in non-referential abstract art and features both historic and contemporary geometric, hard edged, Op, Pop, color field, minimal and gestural abstraction in a variety of media. The gallery represents many established mid to late-career artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1960s through the 1980s. The gallery also represents estates, secondary market works, and several emerging artists.