Adrian Rosenfeld is pleased to announce the next exhibition at his gallery Peter, Paul and Mary, featuring the work of Peter Halley, Mary Heilmann and Paul Lee, organized by Ellen Langan of Maccarone with the support of 303 Gallery and Greene Naftali. The exhibition’s origin centers on the employment of romantic minimalism in these artists’ contemporary practices, a development first observed in the late 1960s to describe a lyrical departure from the classic school of minimalism. Despite having distinct engagements with the overarching concept of minimalism, there are several poetic qualities that unite the work of Halley, Heilmann and Lee: resolute dedication to idea-based painting executed in a repetitive, meditative attitude, a play on form and the use of unconventional bold color. Spanning more than 35 years, the works on view in Peter, Paul and Mary convey each artist’s rigorous vocabulary of symbolic representations of landscape, urbanity and the individual’s place within it.
Heilmann’s influential personal experiences and West Coast childhood are seen in the vibrant, lusty color palette, energetic composition and absolute experimentation for which her paintings and objects are known. The two paintings and chair sculptures on view demonstrate her affinity for color and the unexpected. Halley has said his paintings, “are a way of thinking about the future when we are no longer looking out the window but enclosed in a technological universe.” The lines, tubes, cells and conduits which shape his systems touch upon both the promises and the trappings technology proposes, seen here in both drawings and paintings from the 1980s. Paul Lee’s use of his signature materials like tambourines and shaped canvases to create subtle constructions are born out of narratives surrounding personal interactions, specifically how touch and human communication can be starved or diverted. In Lee’s newest touch paintings, tambourine objects fused with canvases conflate skin surface and intimacy while simultaneously playing with the dynamic relationships of shape, form, and color. Exhibited together for the first time, Peter, Paul and Mary evokes the connections between the themes and ambitions of these three artists.
Peter Halley was born in New York City in 1953 and received his BA from Yale University and his MFA from the University of New Orleans. He currently lives and works in New York. Halley has had solo museum exhibitions at institutions including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museé D'Art Moderne, Saint Étienne Métropole, France, and the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt.
Mary Heilmann was born in San Francisco, California in 1940. She received a BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently lives and works in Bridgehampton, New York and New York City. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. The retrospective, Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone has been exhibited at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
Paul Lee was born in London in 1974 and studied at the Winchester School of Art. He currently lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, the University of the Arts Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles, and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. His work has also been exhibited at The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis.
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