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"Time and the Tabletop" at Art Center


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Exhibition Dates:

Tuesday, February 1 - Thursday, April 7, 2005
Where: The Queens College Art Center
6th Floor, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, February 2, 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Reception: Thursday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm
Gallery Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 8 pm
Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm
Closed February 11 and February 21
Gallery Contacts: For more info: (718) 997-3770
Fee: Free

FLUSHING, NY, January 2005 -- Time and the Tabletop, an exhibition of recent still life paintings by the seminal American realist artist Harold Bruder, will be on view at the Queens College Art Center beginning Tuesday, February 1. On Wednesday, February 2, the public is invited to a free gallery talk by the artist from 12:15-1:30 pm. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 3, from 5 to 7 pm.

Time and the Tabletop presents Bruder’s still lifes from 1998-2004, an impressive new body of work. Commenting on Bruder’s recent exhibition at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York City, the painter and sculptor Audrey Flack described “an artist who was in the forefront of the American realist movement…one of the first artists of his generation to exhibit realist paintings in the early 1960's--and, in 1962, the very first to hold an exhibition of paintings derived from photographs. Coming out of an abstract-expressionist background, he became a pioneer in this ground-breaking movement.” Flack concluded, “It is through the study of individualistic artists like Harold Bruder that the volatile transitions of the second half of the twentieth century art world can begin to be understood.”

Of his current work, Bruder says: “All of the paintings in this exhibit were painted in natural light from setups on a tabletop in my studio at 72nd Street and Broadway. I favor complex ensembles because the outcome is very unpredictable and surprises often occur. I like the feeling of being out of control within the very contained rectangle that bounds the pictorial space…that very containment allows for a great deal of freedom in searching for meaning when painting from gesturing mannequins, brightly colored gourds, or man-eating plants (they've been described as such)…My daily work consists of traveling to the studio and putting in a few hours of Zen-like contemplation at the easel. At times I make progress and see something I've never seen before. Even after more than fifty years each painting is a new journey.”

Bruder has exhibited in major museums and galleries through the United States, including 11 solo shows in New York City since 1961, and is represented in prestigious public and private collections. Among his awards are those from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Alumnus of the Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and The New School, Bruder has been a graphics designer, lectured widely, and taught in art programs including the Kansas City Art Institute, Pratt Institute, National Academy of Design, and the Aspen Summer School. At Queens College, where he inspired several generations of art students (1965-1995) as professor and later chairman of the Art Department, he is now Professor Emeritus.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Department of Art, Queens College. Photographs, biographical and sales information are available upon request.

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