Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Raymond Hendler @ Berry Campbell

From the Press Release:

Berry Campbell is pleased to announce Raymond Hendler: Swinging Heart an exhibition featuring the expressionist style paintings the artist created between 1957 and 1964.

A first-generation action painter, Raymond Hendler started his career as an Abstract Expressionist in Paris, as early as 1949.  In the years that followed, he played a significant role in the movement, both in New York, where he was a friend of Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock, and in Philadelphia, where he ran an avant-garde gallery between 1952 and 1954.  His work evolved from overall tightly-wound linear webs to abstract pictograms that blend a personal language with hints at figuration. Of the latter works, Kline remarked in 1962: “The direct austere design and color complexes paint the image without undue nuances—with clarity and mature independence.”

"Raymond Hendler exhibited a group of abstract paintings that displayed rare high spirits. Using a great deal of fresh white, Hendler devised extremely simple symbols which he dispersed felicitously on his shining grounds. These bright, often linear hieroglyphs serve both as pictorial animators-they often flow in winding patterns or like fluent handwriting-and as references to the plentitude of the artist's existence. Gardens and sky and human joy are read in these exceedingly compressed forms."
-Dore Ashton, 1964


Raymond Hendler: Swinging Heart
Through April 26, 2014
Berry Campbell
530 W 24th Street
New York, NY 10011


Steve Gibson said...

Thanks for bringing this painter to my attention Paul. His work is as fresh today as it was when he painted them years ago. Wish I could see in person.

Liz Mares said...

Gorgeous pieces.

Anonymous said...

Great artist. Did not get proper recognition