Sunday, December 1, 2013

Edward Avedisian: The Soho Years @ Berry Campbell

From the Press Release:

Edward Avedisian was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1936 and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  After moving to New York City in the early 1960s, he joined the dynamic art scene in Greenwich Village, frequenting the Cedar Tavern on Tenth Street, associating with the critic Clement Greenberg, and joining a new generation of abstract artists, such as Darby Bannard, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, and Larry Poons.

Avedisian was among the leading figures to emerge in the New York art world during the 1960s.  An artist who mixed the hot colors of Pop Art with the cool, more analytical qualities of Color Field painting, he was instrumental in the exploration of new abstract methods to examine the primacy of optical experience, breaking from the tactility of Abstract Expressionism. 

His works were included in landmark exhibitions such as Op Art: The Responsive Eye, at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum’s Young America 1965 and the Expo 67, held in Montreal.  In 1971, Avedisian was included along with Bannard, Dan Christensen, Ron Davis, Poons, and Peter Young in the exhibition Six Painters, organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in collaboration with the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Center. 

(detail from above)

Edward Avedisian, 1971
photo credit: Eeva

Edward Avedisian: (1936 - 2007) The Soho Years
On view through January 4, 2014
Berry Campbell
530 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

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