October 2020 — New York, NY — Leonard Tourné Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Llanor Alleyne's "Fugitive Ecologies." The exhibition of contemporary collage works is currently viewable online and by appointment and runs through November 15, 2020.
Llanor Alleyne is a Barbados-born New York-raised mixed media artist exploring the transformation and transfiguration of female selfhood through the use of paint and photography. Her work breaks away from the conventional demands of modern collage-making by using originally created abstract paintings on various materials, including mylar and paper, to examine female figurative presentation and the empathetic rapport women are often assumed to have with the natural world.
Alleyne describes the subject matter in her Fugitive Ecologies series as "rebellious botanicals." Started shortly after the artist moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the works reflect a desire to find grounding in a new place amidst surreal circumstances. "They are sprouting up — in their unusual and unique forms — in a city that is heavily marked by parking lots and expressways, in a nearly empty apartment devoid of even one house plant, from seeds planted in the tropics." By "seeds" Alleyne is referring to the paintings, originally created in Barbados, that were used in each collage, creating familiar yet completely imaginary forms that come to life in mixed media.
Alleyne's work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Barbados, including at LeRoy Neiman Art Center, Casa Frela Gallery, Gallery NuEdge, Cube Design Museum, The Embassy of Argentina, and MoCADA Museum. She has been commissioned to design book covers and curate Embassy exhibitions, and she collaborated with visual artist Mark King and fashion designer Bregje Cox on a line for their fashion brand Enclosed Cognition. She is currently represented by Leonard Tourné Gallery.
July 2020 — New York, NY — Leonard Tourné Gallery is pleased to present Christophe von Hohenberg’s “Clarity through Abstraction: A Tribute to Mark Rothko.” The exhibition is viewable online and by appointment and runs through July 31, 2020.
This limited edition print series is the culmination of years of experimentation by the artist with his Nikon F3 SLR film camera. Inspired by abstract expressionism, von Hohenberg aspired to create Color Field Photography using only his camera in the natural environment. Each work in the “Clarity through Abstraction” series is a naturally occurring image shot on film and produced without the use of props, artificial lighting or retouching of any kind.
Christophe von Hohenberg is a fine art, portrait, documentary and lifestyle photographer. In 1979, he was discovered by American Vogue and his photographs were displayed in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Since then, he has worked with Interview, Art Forum, Vanity Fair, Geo, German Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Fortune, Hamptons Magazine, German Vogue and French Vogue. His critically acclaimed book, Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died, received the Photo District News Photo Book Award and the AIGA Book Award in 2007. He has since published Shadows of the Gods, which documents Mexico City's vibrant creative energy and burgeoning visual arts community, and Another Planet: New York Portraits 1976-1996. His forthcoming book featuring photographs taken in the Hamptons is due for release in 2021.
“Clarity through Abstraction” is currently available for viewing and purchase on our new website and appointments may be made to view the works in person at our Fifth Avenue location. In the wake of COVID-19 and other global events, Leonard Tourné Gallery is donating 50% of our profits to non-profit organizations supporting the arts and strengthening our communities during these difficult times. This policy will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
For more information or to schedule a viewing, please contact Leonard Tourné Gallery at email@example.com or by calling +1-212-219-2656.
SELECT WORKS BY CHRISTOPHE VON HOHENBERG
Christophe von Hohenberg, "Abstract I," 2020, Experimental Film Photograph on Premium Silver Metallic Paper
Christophe von Hohenberg, "Abstract V," 2020, Experimental Film Photograph on Premium Silver Metallic Paper
Christophe von Hohenberg, "Abstract II," 2020, Experimental Film Photograph on Premium Silver Metallic Paper
June 2020 — New York, NY —Leonard Tourné Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of SylviaMartins' "Burma." The exhibition is viewable online and by appointment and runs through June 20, 2020.
SylviaMartins' paintings and drawings are near abstractions that evoke images from nature and organic forms. Her work is heavily informed by travel; the influences include ethnic design, anthropology, decorative arts, and rituals, among other things. Martins doesn’t follow tendencies. Her focus is on painting itself.
In her latest body of work, Martins explores Myanmar (formerly called Burma) and its natural beauty, wilderness, and spirituality as well as the country's troubled past and present with its religious wars, ethnic conflict, and oppression. This contraposition of abundance and transgression is reminiscent of what many countries around the globe, including our own, are experiencing in this very moment.
Born in Bagé in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul, Martins graduated in Visual Communications from the University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1979 she moved to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts and with Richard Pousette-Dart at the Art Students League of New York. There, Pousette-Dart encouraged her to further explore the possibilities of personal and spiritual direction in her creative development.
Martins currently lives and works between New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout South America, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
"Burma" is currently viewable online and by appointment and will run through June 20, 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 and other global events, Leonard Tourné Gallery is donating 50% of our profits to non-profit organizations supporting the arts and strengthening our communities during these difficult times. This policy will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
For additional details on the work of SylviaMartins, or to schedule a viewing, please contact Leonard Tourné Gallery at (212)219-2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SELECT WORKS BY SYLVIAMARTINS
SylviaMartins, "Delight," 2019, 60 x 60 inches, Oil and Mixed Media on Linen
SylviaMartins, "Bagan," 2019, 50 x 50 inches, Oil and Mixed Media on Linen
The artist, SylviaMartins, at work in her SoHo studio
SylviaMartins, "Inle Lake," 2019, 50 x 50 inches, Mixed Media on Linen
Pages of the artist's book, SylviaMartins
SylviaMartins, "Eden," 2019, 40 x 40 inches, Oil and Mixed Media on Linen
Exhibition opens April 5, 2018 at Leonard Tourné Gallery
March 2018 — New York, NY — Leonard Tourné Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Strong-Cuevas Drawings: Ideas on Paper, a solo exhibition and launch of the book by the same title. The exhibition, featuring sculpture and works on paper by Strong-Cuevas, opens April 5, 2018 and runs through April 20, 2018. Signed copies of the artist's newly released book will be available for purchase.
Strong-Cuevas's work explores universal consciousness, space and time, and inner mediation, themes that are evident in her drawings as well as her sculpture. In the words of distinguished art critic Donald Kuspit, "Strong-Cuevas's sculpture is rooted in primitive art, with its bold structures, expressive directness, communal symbolism, and conviction of cosmic absolutes. It is also rooted in Cubism, with its awareness of the dialectical ambiguity of appearances, perhaps most evident in Picasso's use of frontal and profile views of the face in a single image, at once integrating them yet allowing them their difference. Primordial expression and sophisticated perception are the alpha and omega of modern art."
The influence of ancient civilizations – the Egyptians, Aztecs and Mayans – is particularly evident in Strong-Cuevas's abstract faces and large-scale works. Her ten-foot bronze, Arch III, was chosen in 2014 by the New York City Parks Department to be exhibited in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza across from the United Nations and several of her works are currently exhibited at Grounds for Sculpture.
The latest book on the artist's work, Strong-Cuevas Drawings: Ideas on Paper, published by Abrams,spans 40 years of the artist's career with 190 color and black-and-white drawings. With a forward by esteemed art critic Jan Garden Castro, the book serves as a companion to Strong-Cuevas Sculpture: Premonitions in Retrospect, published in November 2015.
Born in Paris, Strong-Cuevas lives and works in New York, where she studied under John Hovannes at the Art Students League of New York and worked on projects with Toto Meylan. Her work has been exhibited in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including the IIème Biennale de Sculpture in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and is represented in the collections of the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, Connecticut), Heckscher Museum (Huntington, New York), Guild Hall Museum (East Hampton, New York), Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, New Jersey) and the Smithsonian-affiliated Long Island Museum (Stony Brooke, New York).
Strong-Cuevas's work has sold at Christie's, Sotheby's, Doyle and several European auction houses in Monte Carlo, Paris and Brussels.
The Long Island Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently featuring the work of Gerson Leiber and his wife, the famed handbag designer Judith Leiber.
The exhibition provides a retrospective of each artist, spanning 70 years of their careers and marriage, and features 50 of Gerson Leiber's paintings.
“In putting this show together, we focus on these almost incredible 20th-into-21st-century lives lived together,” Joshua Ruff, the museum’s director of collections and interpretation, told The New York Times. “The exhibit will explore how they influenced each other, how they escorted each other in new directions, and how they made each other — in very real ways — better people."
In addition to the Long Island Museum exhibition, Gerson Leiber has had dozens of solo exhibitions and his work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, National Gallery of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Yale University Art Gallery, among many others.
The exhibition, entitled "Brilliant Partners: Judith Leiber's Handbags & the Art of Gerson Leiber," will run through June 4, 2017. The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, NY.
MADISON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ACQUIRES CRISTINA VERGANO
The Madison Museum of Fine Arts, located just outside Atlanta, GA, recently acquired a collection of Cristina Vergano's early works, created in the 1990s.
Vergano has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, artNews, Art in America and New York magazine, among other publications. She was also featured, alongside Georgia O'Keefe, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin and Yayoy Kusama, in the September 2014 article, “Wise Buys: 50 Women Artists Worth Watching,” published by Blouin Art and Auction.
Her paintings have been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including at the Woodward Gallery, the Parrish Art Museum, Islip Art Museum, Anthropology Museum of the People of New York, Laguna Art Museum, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and the Chicago Anthenaeum. Vergano has also designed a line of objects for the Museum of Modern Art. She counts among her collectors Whoopi Goldberg, Robert and Cortney Novogratz and Madonna.
CHRISTOPHE VON HOHENBERG AT THE FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
Works by New York photographer Christophe von Hohenberg are currently on view at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, located in Tampa, FL.
American Vogue discovered von Hohenberg in 1979 and his photographs were displayed in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Since then, he has worked with Vanity Fair, Interview, Art Forum, Geo, German Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Fortune, Hamptons magazine, German Vogue and French Vogue.
His book, Another Planet: New York Portraits 1976-1996, was published in 2014 following his critically acclaimed Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died, which received the Photo District News Photo Book Award and the AIGA Book Award in 2007.
In addition to the MoMA, von Hohenberg's work has been exhibited throughout the United States and the world, including in Austria, Germany, Mexico and England.
SONJA EISENBERG'S "FAR SEA" ACQUIRED BY YAD VASHEM
Earlier this year, the Art Committee of the Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalum, Israel, selected Sonja Eisenberg's "Far Sea" as an addition to the museum's permanent collection.
Born in Berlin in 1926, Eisenberg fled Nazi Germany as a child and came to New York where she lived and worked until her death in January. Shortly before her passing, Eisenberg spoke with the Yad Vashem Art Committee about her watercolor:
The painting "Far Sea" reflects emotions on the voyage when I was eleven, leaving Berlin with my mother and brother, to make the North Atlantic crossing to America. My father remained behind. In this work there is both the fear of what is to become of my father, as well as of the unknown that lies ahead.
Eisenberg's paintings have been exhibited widely across the United States and in France, Israel, Japan, Amsterdam, Austria, England, Switzerland and her native Germany. Her work is in the Smithsonian Institution, the Jewish Museum of Art, the official collection of the United Nations, the Palm Springs Art Museum and dozens of public and private collections.
JOHN DONOVAN AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM'S STAFF ART SHOW
The colorful geometric artwork of American artist John Donovan was featured in the Whitney Museum's Staff Art Show, held in New York in January 2017.
Donovan's work is also represented in the collection of the Jersey City Museum and has been widely exhibited in New York and New Jersey, including at the Newark Museum, Blumenthal Gallery, Parker Gallery and John Meagher Rotunda Gallery, among others.
The Whiteney Museum's Staff Art Show 2017 was curated by Michelle Donnelly and Melinda Lang.
STRONG-CUEVAS AT GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE & BRUCE MUSEUM
Large-scale sculptures by Strong-Cuevas are currently on display at Grounds for Sculpture, located in Hamilton, NJ, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, and the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY.
In addition, Strong-Cuevas' work has been featured at the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY and the Smithsonian-affiliated Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY.
In 2014, her ten-foot bronze, Arch III, was chosen by the New York City Parks Department for an exhibition in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza across from the United Nations.