For Immediate Release
May 2018

Naomi Nemtzow

New Work: Close to Home

April 24 - May 19, 2018

Reception: April 28, 3 - 6 pm

Gallery Talk: May 19, 3:30 pm

In Close to Home, Naomi Nemtzow returns to painting directly from observation in a series of 15 plein air paintings of the quiet Brooklyn neighborhood where she has lived for much of her life. Nemtzow combines paint with pencil drawing to capture the specific color and light of the time and place. The marks she makes capture the energy of the many small events playing out around her as she works.  Neighbors pass by chattering; the wind blows in the branches. Trees planted along the sidewalk are often Nemtzow’s focus. These city trees, with the implied gestures of their trunks and branches, can be read as stand-ins for the painter herself, rooted in place, taking in the scene. Parked cars, row houses, and sidewalks have a playful aspect. They too are characters in Nemtzow’s quiet dramas.

The exhibition also includes a group of drawings and collages based on Bellini’s, St. Francis in the Desert. Studying Bellini’s masterpiece, Nemtzow explores the underlying animation of the Italian landscape much as she explores her own immediate environment.

Reviewing Nemtzow’s 2012 show, Peter Plagens wrote:

“…it takes a real sense of visual poetry to make good (collages). Naomi Nemtzow makes very good collages….(which) exude a palpable sense of hope, in this age of technical sleight-of-hand, for guileless art.”

That same spirit informs Nemtzow’s current work.

View of works in the exhibition here.

Gallery hours are 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or info@bowerygallery.org

 

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