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Deborah Remington: Select Works from 1964 to 1975    29. Jun - 11. Aug 2012


David Richard Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition for artist Deborah Remington, Select Works from 1964 to 1975. The exhibition will feature seminal works from this period including paintings, drawings and lithographs.

Remington was an abstract expressionist painter in the late 1940s and 1950s. She studied with Hassel Smith and Clyfford Still at the California School of Fine Art and was part of the vibrant Beat scene in San Francisco. Her time in Japan and study of calligraphy followed by a move to New York City influenced her seminal works from the 1960s and 1970s, which shifted dramatically from the purely gestural to more representational and illusionistic—albeit highly abstract. The new compositions were structured, centered and tightly controlled. The imagery was machine-like, steely smooth and mirrored, modeled in shades of grey with thin shocks of intense red, blue, orange or green color. Indicative of her personality and proclivity, the work emphasized stark contrasts as in the near-perfect transitions from white to grey, large expanses of deep dark voids and the juxtaposition of bold colors, which the combination created not only a vibrational glow, but an optical effect that enhanced the notion of these emblematic objects floating in space. In 1973 and 1975 she produced lithographs of these same images at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque.

Deborah Remington had an impressive career, first by living and working on both the east and west coasts of the US as well as abroad in Asia. In 1954, along with 5 other artists and poets, she founded the Six Gallery in San Francisco which was home to experimental work and the first public reading of Howl by Alan Ginsburg. Remington had over 33 solo exhibitions and her work included in numerous group shows including: The Whitney Museum, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (New York), National Academy (New York), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT) and McNay Art Institute (San Antonio), among countless others. Remington’s art is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Whitney Museum (NY), Art Institute of Chicago, Centre d’Art et de Culture George Pompidou (Paris), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Boymans Museum (Rotterdam, Holland), Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh), Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT), Oakland Museum of Art (Oakland, CA), Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington), Cleveland Museum of Art, National Academy of Design (NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH) and Newport Harbor Museum, among many others.

David Richard Gallery is located in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District and specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric, hard-edge, Op, Pop, Minimalism and conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.

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