News & Events
George Nick: In Search of Time Lost
April 3 - May 18
Gallery Talk: April 10, 4 pm
Reception: April 10, 5:30 - 7 pm
As one of the museum’s “Over the Bridge” exhibitions, the George Nick show will give Cape art-lovers the opportunity to view 18 works by a prominent Boston area artist who’s won national recognition for his realist paintings. His fidelity to such subjects as Back Bay exteriors, vintage aircraft and automobiles, and sun-splashed interiors is coupled with a spirited handling of paint and a gift for discovering refreshingly distinctive points of view. Nick is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; among other important institutions.
Odd Ducks and Various Landscapes
April 4 – May 3, 2014
It’s about that time of year again. The birds are migrating back to the Northeast and Gallery NAGA is providing a landing pad in the form of aviary-focused paintings by Joseph Barbieri.
Joseph Barbieri: Odd Ducks and Various Landscapes runs from April 4 through May 3 at Gallery NAGA. A reception for the artist and the public will be held at the gallery on Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 pm.
As he has for the past several years, Barbieri presents both streams of his paintings: gentle landscapes and colorful animal portraits. The landscapes, done in Italy, Antigua, and Maine, are soft and muted and are suffused with the warm air and sun of their settings. Barbieri spends most of his vacation painting his surroundings, en plein air.
As he paints, Barbieri is interested in recording what he sees in nature. Some of his landscapes portray such shallow space that they appear as abstract forms, or as views under a microscope.
Barbieri’s other stream of painting, his animals, has quieted down. While his birds are engaged in leisurely activities, these activities are not what they used to be. Instead of boating, flying airplanes, and dancing under the moonlight, these animals mostly enjoy their portrait being done. They sit, stand, turn to the side, and sometimes paint.
Barbieri often looks to other artists, in the past and present, to inform the situations these animals find themselves in. Snakes, Snakes, Mice!, a painting of a wary, well-dressed duck, refers to the sign once posted outside Winslow Homer’s studio that was used to ward off all but the most intrepid visitor. In U.K., a duck sporting a spotted tie stands in front of a painting that closely resembles one by the artist Damien Hirst. Col Tempo, the title of which refers to a Giorgione painting of the same name, depicts an aging bird pointing to himself. Is Barbieri indicating that he too is aging and contemplating his future?
Images of all exhibited work will be available at gallerynaga.com on April 4.