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Dreams of Venice
May 1 – 30, 2015 at Gallery NAGA
Gallery NAGA is pleased to present the first solo gallery exhibition in Boston of paintings by Martin Kline, whose work has been the subject of major shows around the globe, but never in Boston.
Martin Kline: Dreams of Venice is on exhibition from May 1 to 30. A reception for the artist and the public will be held at the gallery on Friday, May 1 from 6 to 8 pm.
Martin Kline paints using encaustic, a process in which hot pigment-enriched beeswax is laid down and then applied. Each layer is built upon, often revealing the layers beneath, the transition creating an overall pattern or rhythm. The color is suspended in stunning colors—red, yellow, blue— some overlapping or growing out of what is beneath. His paintings display Kline’s fascination with the natural world, his shapes evoking flowers or fungi sprouting from a tree or glistening water.
Douglas Hyland, Director of the New Britain Museum of Art in New Britain Connecticut, where Martin Kline recently had a major mid-career retrospective, writes, “Because his work is lyrically abstract, critics and art historians have commented consistently on the romantic sensibilities Martin’s paintings and sculptures evoke. He blends aspects of the beautiful with the sublime. His vision boasts the remarkable qualities of originality and consistency so that all of his works have a distinctive cohesive quality yet each explores a different theme and is the result of different influences. . . . Almost all have an organic quality which tethers them to the tradition of landscape painting. But, instead of a panoramic display, Kline concentrates on a slice of nature magnified and thus examined intensely. His beguiling and seductive creations engage us aesthetically but also intellectually because of the questions they evoke with regards to man’s role with nature.”
The title of the exhibition, Dreams of Venice, resulted from years of travels by Kline to Venice. The city, the water and its reflections, and the baroque architecture all influenced a large body of work, many of which are on display at NAGA. The colors, at once muted and earth-toned and also hot and vibrant, have emerged in subtler shades of blues, greens, purples, and gold. The glittering waterways of Venice can be visualized from the abstractions of Kline.
Kline’s work can be found in many collections including the Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Images of all work on exhibition can be seen at gallerynaga.com by April 28.
Architectural Photographer Knows Boston Like the Back of His Hand
By Megan Turchi @meganturchi
Boston.com Staff April 2, 2015 1:56 PM
Peter Vanderwarker started taking photos when he was a 15 year-old-old student at Phillips Andover Academy.
“I was a clueless teenager,” he said. “The school had cameras.”
His mother was a successful commercial artist and travelled all over the country for work. He said she was the artist in the family and at the time he didn’t know he would later be one as well. Although photography had become his true passion, Vanderwarker earned a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley – at his dad’s urging. He then practiced architecture for what he referred to as “two miserable years in New York City.” “My dad was smart,” Vanderwarker said. “I did like it, but didn’t like practicing.” While in New York, he also worked on films as a cameraman. But he said photography was in his blood – and so was Boston.
An image of Boston reflected in the Hancock building.
When he was 30, he returned to Boston from New York and decided to become a freelance architectural photographer.
“I was very poor,” he said. “But very happy.”
One day, Vanderwarker strolled into the Boston Public Library in search of historic prints of the city, not realizing he was going to meet a person that would help him publish his first book.
It started with a chance encounter with Sinclair Hitchings, the man who was in charge of the print collection there.
“Sinclair said I should consider re-photographing these things and see what they look like today,” Vanderwarker said. And that is exactly what he did for the book, Boston Then and Now.
Soon after the book was published in 1982, he began coauthoring Boston Globe Magazine Cityscape articles with Robert Campbell, which ran from 1983 to 2004. The pair created more than 200 images of Boston to go with the corresponding magazine pieces.
Read the full article here.