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511 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
212 445 0051

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525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
212 445 0051

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
212 445 0051
Miles McEnery Gallery presents exhibitions by a multigenerational roster of artists whose works are linked by their drive to discover the points at which the paths of pleasure and knowledge cross. Sometimes that happens organically: minds and bodies working in concert as insight and enjoyment dovetail gracefully. At other times it’s awkward. And unsettling. And consequential. Conflict enters the picture when what you feel and what you know tug you in different directions. That tension creates experiences that compel you to reorganize your relationship to the world—starting with your self, which is, hopefully, a fairly complex constellation of experiences and imaginings, facts and fantasies, realities and relationships. The art exhibited at McEnery highlights the multilayered nature of identity, not to mention history and humanity. It also leaves people free to experience things for themselves. And once that individual experience has begun, it invites you to determine what that experience means for you, but not just to you alone. Freedom and responsibility—or independence and interconnectedness with others—take shape before works that do not strive to provide answers to life’s big questions so much as to draw visitors into conversations with themselves, with their friends, and with strangers. Both internal and external, these dialogues can be insightful, and they can also be infuriating. They are often both. At their best, they sharpen perceptions, excite the imagination, stimulate thinking, and change behavior by making us aware of realities previously unseen. Prescriptive art is nowhere to be found. Nor are one-dimensional works, single-issue statements, or academic rehashes of ideas that have been thoroughly worked through by previous generations. Painting and drawing predominate. This is not because these media are historically important or intrinsically valuable, but because they are basic: simple technologies that record, often in exceptionally nuanced ways, the gestures and maneuvers of a consciousness in action (making decisions, adapting to circumstances, working through rough spots, and coming to conclusions—only to start all over again in the next painting or drawing). The drama—of striving to do something and then striving to do more—opens up all sorts of stories. Each story has lots to say about all sorts of situations, artistic and otherwise. Often both. Both abstract and representational, the works at McEnery invite viewers into worlds within worlds. Familiar details give way to strangeness. What you thought you knew turns out to be different from what you actually know. Strangest of all, your journeys through the overlapping, intersecting worlds in these works do not take you away from the real world so much as they take you more deeply into it—more attentive to subtle differences and inspired to share such discoveries with others.
Artists Represented:
Brian Alfred
Kevin Appel
Bo Bartlett
Amy Bennett
Suzanne Caporael
Davis Cone
Gene Davis
Tomory Dodge
Roy Dowell
Inka Essenhigh
Franklin Evans
Beverly Fishman
Pia Fries
Monique van Genderen
April Gornik
Isca Greenfield-Sanders
James Hayward
Hans Hofmann
Warren Isensee
Wolf Kahn
Raffi Kalenderian
Tom LaDuke
Annie Lapin
Erin Lawlor
Patrick Lee
Markus Linnenbrink
Emily Mason
Jason Middlebrook
Yunhee Min
Robert Motherwell
Rod Penner
David Allan Peters
Judy Pfaff
Michael Reafsnyder
Daniel Rich
John Sonsini
Tam Van Tran
Esteban Vicente
Patrick Wilson
Guy Yanai
Liat Yossifor
Works Available By:
Josef Albers
Karl Benjamin
Loser Feitelson
Helen Frankenthaler
Frederick Hammersley
Helen Lundeberg
John McLaughlin
Robert Motherwell
Kenneth Noland


 

 
Gallery exterior. Courtesy of Miles McEnery Gallery.


 
Current Exhibitions

Inka Essenhigh

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

October 15, 2020 - November 14, 2020

Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness: Mindscapes

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

October 15, 2020 - November 14, 2020

Bo Bartlett, Delia Brown, Will Cotton, Inka Essenhigh, Chie Fueki, Brad Kahlhamer, Kurt Kauper, Joshua Marsh, Ryan McGinness, Steve Mumford, John Sonsini, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Gavin Wilson

Really.

511 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

October 15, 2020 - November 14, 2020

 
Past Exhibitions

Beverly Fishman

Beverly Fishman: I Dream of Sleep

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

September 10, 2020 - October 10, 2020
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MILES McENERY GALLERY is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by Beverly Fishman. I Dream of Sleep will open 10 September at 525 West 22nd Street and remain on view through 10 October 2020. The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring an essay by Amy Rahn. Since the early 1980s, Beverly Fishman has developed a distinctive body of hard-edge, dimensional, abstract paintings that are infused with emotion. While her works have been compared to those of Finish Fetish artists like John McCracken and Robert Irwin, as well as those of Peter Halley, she affirms that her practice deviates from a direct dialogue with (implicitly male) hard-edged abstraction. Fishman’s works are instead grounded in a “messier lineage of paintings and sculpture that occupy an interchangeable space between form and feeling - that channel loss and joy, contemplation and analysis along the lines of color.” Shape and color are united with questions of identity. The paintings in I Dream of Sleep are based on the slick, angular packaging of the pharmaceutical industry. They suggest the sleek corporate marketing and the fluorescent language of caution, even emergency. Each one contaminates the spaces of art and pharmaceuticals, speaking of the rage of loss in the language of corporate cure. Instilled with the standardized shapes of mass-produced medications, Fishman’s works deliver what looks like an opaque, machine high-gloss nish that, paradoxically, is meticulously handmade. Fishman appropriates familiar and addictive pill forms, drawing both the philosophies and the physical manifestations of pharmaceuticals into conversation with their intensely felt human repercussions. As an artist who came of age in New York during the AIDS crisis and having cared for multiple ailing family members, Fishman’s life experiences have been marked by the medicalization of the people she has loved. Deeply personal, the selection of works on view are partially motivated by her sister Judy’s passing in December 2018 after a month-long stay at a New Jersey hospital. BEVERLY FISHMAN (b. 1955, Philadelphia, PA) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1977 from Philadelphia College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980 from Yale University. Recent solo exhibitions include “I Dream of Sleep,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Untitled Monotypes,” Louis Buhl & Co., Detroit, MI; “Fantastic Voyage, 1985-1987,” Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI; “Future Perfect,” Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL; Ronchini Gallery, London, United Kingdom; “Synthetic Wonderland,” Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Chemical Sublime,” Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL; “T. N. N.,” Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, NY; “DOSE” (curated by Nick Cave), CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY; “Another Day in Paradise,” Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL and “Pain Management,” Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI. Recent group exhibitions include “Shapeshifters: Transformations in Contemporary Art,” Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; “The Responsive Eye Revisited: Then, Now, and In-Between,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Shape, Rattle, and Roll,” Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY; “Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti,” Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; “Inaugural Exhibition,” Gavlak Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; “Constructed,” Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; “cart, horse, cart” (curated by Michael Goodson and Anna Stothart), Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY; “Double Edged: Geometric Abstraction Then and Now,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; “Grafik,” Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY; “Xeriscape - Nina Chanel Abney, Rosson Crow, Beverly Fishman, Tschabalala Self and Wendy White,” Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI; “Front International” (curated by Michelle Grabner), Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH and “Public Matter,” Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI. Her work is included in many public collections including Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT; Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT; Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI; Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC. She is the recipient of many awards including Anonymous Was A Woman Award; Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award; Artist Space Exhibition Grant; and NEA Fellowship Grant, among others. Beverly Fishman lives and works in Detroit, MI.

Daniel Rich

Daniel Rich: Back to the Future

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

September 10, 2020 - October 10, 2020
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MILES MCENERY GALLERY is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Daniel Rich. Back to the Future will open on 10 September at 520 West 21st Street and remain on view until 10 October 2020. Back to the Future is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring essays by Emily McDermott and Ara H. Merjian. Daniel Rich’s reticulated cityscapes and slick façades appear at first glance to be quite literally superficial. Whether it is a geometric exterior pressed close to the picture plane or a cluster of multiple structures glimpsed from a distance, we experience architecture in his painting as a wholly exteriorized phenomenon— looming close up or made smaller through a bird’s-eye view. His process-oriented paintings offer windows to different parts of the world— some figuratively, others much more literally—and can evoke a distorted experience of temporality for the viewer. Like compositions by Bernd and Hilla Becher or Andreas Gursky, Rich’s artworks offer clinical, complex architectural views onto the world that are filled with subtleties. However, Rich differs from Becher or Gursky in his painstaking, intricate process of translating found images into painting. The works also evoke early 20th century European Modernism, recalling Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical cityscapes and Germany’s Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) artists of the 1920s and 1930s. Architecture, as it is commonly understood, is designed and implemented to house the human and is itself the manifestation of our constructed realities. When all signs of life are missing from buildings and spaces, as in Rich’s paintings, the result is an unsettling subversion that upends and questions what we have come to expect of both architectural spaces and the organized linearity of time. Rich probes viewers to consider what lies beyond the surface. Rich also uses his anonymous architectural imagery to talk about history and politics. He speaks of his scenes as “failed utopias” and “changing political power structures.” In their seeming permanence, the fixed and rigid edifices that populate his work speak to a late capitalist urbanism that sees its monuments not as contingent, but as immovable and eternal. DANIEL RICH (b. 1977 in Ulm, Germany) received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2001 at the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, GA. He received his Master of Fine Art degree in 2004 at Tufts University in Medford, MA and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME in 2004. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “Never Forever,” Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY; “On a Boat, Looking for Land: Gil Heitor Cortesao & Daniel Rich,” Carbon 12, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; “Systematic Anarchy,” Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY; “Platforms of Power,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; “Berlin: Daniel Rich and Wieland Speck,” Horton Gallery, New York, NY; “1989-2009: Paintings of the Berlin Airports 20 Years after the Fall of the Wall,” Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; “Downburst,” Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, N Y; and “Black Sunday,” SUNDAY, New York, NY. Recent group exhibitions include “Mensch in Moll,” Inter Port, Berlin, Germany; “Geometric Heat,” GR Gallery, New York, NY; “Invisibli,” Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; “Set for the Sun,” (curated by Jenne Grabowski), Lobe Block, Berlin, Germany; “#” (curated by Markus Linnenbrink), Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY; “In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior, 1950-Now,” Fralin Museum of Art at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; “After the Fall,” Peter Blum Gallery, NewYork, NY; “Urbanopolis,” Galerie LJ, Paris, France; “Postcard from New York,” Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; “Summer Group Show,” Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY. Rich is the recipient of the Traveling Scholars Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; NYFA Painting Fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; Keyholder Residency Award, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY; Marie Walsh Sharpe, The Space Program, New York, NY; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE; Full Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME; Travel Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Graduate Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Ben Shute Scholarshop for Excellence in Representational Art, Atlanta College Art, Atlanta, GA; and the Dragon Foundation Scholarship, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA. His work is included in the permanent collections of Cornell Musuem at Rollins University, Winter Park, FL; Fidelity Investments; Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and Wellington Management. Daniel Rich lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Brian Alfred, Milton Avery, Whitney Bedford, Sebastian Blanck, Tomory Dodge, Inka Essenhigh, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, April Gornik, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Hans Hofmann, Annie Lapin, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Michael Reafsnyder, Patrick Wilson, Guy Yanai

Do You Think it Needs a Cloud

511 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

September 10, 2020 - October 10, 2020
NEW YORK – MILES McENERY GALLERY is pleased to announce Do You Think it Needs a Cloud?, a group exhibition of works by seventeen distinguished artists. The show will open 10 September at 511 West 22nd Street and remain on view through 10 October 2020. It is the inaugural exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery’s newly expanded Chelsea gallery space. Do You Think it Needs a Cloud? features artists Brian Alfred, Milton Avery, Whitney Bedford, Sebastian Blanck, Tomory Dodge, Inka Essenhigh, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, April Gornick, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Hans Hofmann, Annie Lapin, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Michael Reafsnyder, Patrick Wilson and Guy Yanai. The show’s title is based on a charming quotation from Jane Freilicher.

Warren Isensee

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

July 16, 2020 - August 28, 2020

Esteban Vicente

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

July 16, 2020 - July 28, 2020

Isca Greenfield-Sanders

Isca Greenfield-Sanders: Shade My Eyes

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

May 21, 2020 - July 11, 2020

Phillip Allen

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

May 21, 2020 - July 11, 2020

April Gornik

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

February 20, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Roy Dowell

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

February 20, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Michael Reafsnyder

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

January 9, 2020 - February 15, 2020

Patrick Wilson

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

October 10, 2019 - November 9, 2019

Patrick Wilson

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

October 10, 2019 - November 9, 2019

Guy Yanai

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

September 5, 2019 - October 5, 2019

Brian Alfred

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

September 5, 2019 - October 5, 2019

Erin Lawlor

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

July 11, 2019 - August 16, 2019

Amy Bennett

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

July 11, 2019 - August 16, 2019

David Allan Peters

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

May 30, 2019 - July 6, 2019

Suzanne Caporael

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

May 30, 2019 - July 6, 2019

Tomory Dodge

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

April 18, 2019 - May 24, 2019

John Sonsini

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

April 18, 2019 - May 24, 2019

Jason Middlebrook

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

March 14, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Wolf Kahn

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

March 14, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Judy Pfaff

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

February 7, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Markus Linnenbrink

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

February 7, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Emily Mason

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

January 4, 2019 - February 2, 2019

Hans Hofmann

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

January 3, 2019 - February 2, 2019

Tom LaDuke

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

November 15, 2018 - December 22, 2018

Monique Van Genderen

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

November 15, 2018 - December 22, 2018

Annie Lapin

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

October 11, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Beverly Fishman

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

October 11, 2018 - November 10, 2018

James Hayward

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

September 6, 2018 - October 6, 2018

Michael Reafsnyder/Patrick Wilson

520 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

September 6, 2018 - October 6, 2018

Julio Larraz

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

July 12, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Bo Bartlett

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

May 31, 2018 - July 7, 2018

Inka Essenhigh

525 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

April 19, 2018 - May 25, 2018