Maira Kalman

Further Illuminations: Recent Paintings

March 4 - May 1, 2010

The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition with Maira Kalman. This exhibition is comprised of over fifty gouache paintings created since 2005, mainly on assignment for various magazines and publications including Departures, The New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, Time, Travel and Leisure, The New Yorker and the recent New York Times blog And the Pursuit of Happiness. The work encompasses Kalman's signature subjects: fashion (Galliano, Balmain), still lifes (soda bottles, oysters, flowers, crown jewels), great hotel interiors, and portraits (presidents, poets).

In general, Kalman's style has become more painterly in recent years with the use of broad saturated color field backgrounds. She has also come to use photographs, both her own and others’, more frequently as the basis for her paintings, which is discussed at length in a recent issue of Aperture magazine.

This exhibition coincides with the major survey show of Kalman's work currently at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia through June 6, 2010. That show will travel to three additional venues including the Jewish Museum in New York where it will open in spring 2011. The ICA show has an accompanying catalog co-published by Prestel which will be released in April. We will have a book signing here on April 24th with Maira Kalman and Ingrid Schaffner, Chief Curator at the ICA as well as the editor and main author of the catalog. The public is encouraged to bring their own Kalman publications for signing at the book event.

Kalman has been involved in multiple aspects of art and design for almost forty years. She is self-taught and works in many media including embroidery, installation, photography, product, theater and textile design and performance. She has authored twelve children's books with text and illustrations, has illustrated the “Elements of Style” and authored two blogs for the New York Times, "The Principles of Uncertainty" which was subsequently published as a book and was the subject of our last exhibition in 2007. She is perhaps best known for the 2001 cover of The New Yorker entitled Newyorkistan which she coauthored with Rick Meyerowitz.

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