Garo Antreasian: Systemic Abstraction

Feb 6 - Mar 12, 2016

Santa Fe

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Opening reception and Book signing: February 6th, from 2-4pm

The Gerald Peters Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Garo Antreasian: Systemic Abstraction; an exhibition featuring recent paintings and wood constructions.

Of the generation of mid-twentieth-century innovators in American art, Garo Antreasian revolutionized the medium of lithography in the 1960s. He is also a bold abstract painter and draftsman in pursuit of formal refinement on a heroic scale. Throughout the years, Antreasian's art has been characterized by his strong sense of architectonic structure and his abiding interest in the rhythmic patterns of ornamental design. Antreasian draws inspiration from the rich decorative traditions of ancient Mediterranean, African, and Middle Eastern cultures, and he can find playful abstraction in the bold lettering of commercial graphics and in the interlocking patterns of parquet floors. His works tend to rely on an assembly of shifting planar elements reminiscent of collage or the large-scale cut-outs of Matisse. Structurally, they will often resemble architectural façades, irregularly tiled walls or memorial panels. Hieratic and fully self-contained, they hold inscrutable mysteries within their decorative exuberance and their quietly stated dignity.

At age 93, Antreasian has over fifty years of exhibition history. His paintings, drawings and master prints are housed in over 60 museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. Antreasian is a founding member of the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico.

The exhibition will correspond with Antreasian's new publication Garo Z. Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art. Published by the University of New Mexico Press, this book surveys Antreasian's career, influences and journey to become a major American artist.