A public garden & cultural center

Philip Taaffe

Alchemy and Inquiry: Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Terry Winters
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—June 19, 2011

Philip Taaffe’s paintings share characteristics with the Wild Garden, yet offer a sense of unpredictability and profusion that belies the underlying order of the aesthetic and botanic choices made in cultivating the garden. He has created these new works with the room in mind. While taking his cues from diverse cultural sources, Philip Taaffe energizes each work through inspiration drawn from architecture, anthropology, and art history. Taaffe has explored techniques as diverse as paper marbling, decalcomania, linocut, and gold leafing. Nature printing is one of the many approaches he has studied and utilizes in his paintings and prints. His literary and artistic collaborators have included William Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Mohammed Mrabet, and Stan Brakhage.

Taaffe has been participating in international exhibitions for several decades, including the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1991), the Biennale of Sydney, Australia (1996), and the Biennial Exhibitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1987, 1995, 1991), with individual survey exhibitions at IVAM, Valencia (2000), Galleria d'Arte Moderna, San Marino (2004), the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2008), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011). His work is included in numerous public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Art; and Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid. He studied at Cooper Union, New York, NY.

 

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)
Photo: Ken Goebel

Aspidium, Aspenium, Pteris, 2011

Aspidium, Aspenium, Pteris, 2011
Oil pigment on canvas
39 x 63 1/2 inches
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Photo: Jean Vong 

Composition with Ornamental Fragments IV, 2011

Composition with Ornamental Fragments IV, 2011
Mixed Media on board
36 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist, New York, NY
Photo: Tom Powel

Cereus Chrysocentrus, 2011

Cereus Chrysocentrus, 2011
Mixed media on canvas mounted on panel
53 ½ x 59 inches
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Photo: Jean Vong

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)
Photo: Ken Goebel

After Alcyonaria I, 2011

After Alcyonaria I, 2011
Mixed media on canvas mounted on panel
30 7/8 x 40 ¾ inches
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Photo: Jean Vong

Sea Vent I, 2011

Sea Vent I, 2011
Mixed media on canvas mounted on panel
40 ¾ x 30 7/8 inches
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Photo: Jean Vong

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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