|Jan 31 - Feb 26, 1981|
During February, the Frumkin Gallery will show a major new painting by James McGarrell. This work, called Travestimento (Disguise) has occupied the artist through the past year and is his largest painting ever. The work consists of four panels, eight feet in height with a total length of 20 feet.
The panels of Travestimento are unified by a series of arches running across the painting which frame a distant landscape through which a train is moving. In the foreground are a series of figures around a table involved in various activities, including the playing of a saxophone. The painting is full of detail, including an opulent still life and a host of references to paintings of the past. In total it is a sort of encyclopedic work in which the artist has summarized many of his interests and ideas of the past 20 years.
James McGarrell has shown with the Frumkin Gallery since the 1950s, and is well known both here and in Europe as a painter and print maker. He has had many shows in Europe, especially in France and Italy, where many of his most important works are in public and private collections. He has begun to spend most of his year in the USA once again and the new painting was done here. In addition to Travestimento there will be a group of new lithographs and watercolors in the exhibition, some of which relate to the genesis of the big painting.
The McGarrell exhibition will open on January 31st and run through February 26th. The Frumkin Gallery is at 50 West 57th Street. Hours are 10 to 6, Monday through Friday and 12 to 5:30 Saturday.
1. Travestimento, 1980, 92 x 226 inches
2. Expulsion, 1980
3. Bath, 1980
4. Temptation, 1980
5. Whale, 1980
6. Swing, 1980
7. Rescue, 1980
8. Narcissus, 1980
9. Plough, 1980
10. Bianca & Blacky, 1980, lithograph
11. Triad, 1980, lithograph
12. Boxfire, 1980, lithograph
13. Explanation for Andrew,
Explanation for Flora, 1980, offset lithograph
14. Draw, Dive and Dark Discs, 1980, lithograph
15. 28 Imagined Places
28 Folded Variations, 1980, lithograph