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Brian Calvin at Anton Kern Gallery, New York



Anton Kern Gallery is hosting an exhibition on the works of artist Brian Calvin at the gallery’s New York location.The exhibition presents a new body of work by California-based painter Brian Calvin (b. 1969 in Visalia, California), marking his fifth solo with the gallery. Known for his practice that is dominated by landscap and portrait, Brian Calvin received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and his M.F.A from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, and later in 2003, achieved an honors during his Californian Arts Council Fellowship with the Art Production Fund in Giverny, France. His recent group exhibitions include “Forest on the Edge of Time” at The Pit II in Los Angeles in 2017, and “Los Angeles: A Fiction” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France. His works are included in many public collections including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Portland Art Museum and many more.The current body of work on view encompasses some tightly-cropped portrait paintings, colored pencil drawings, and anthropomorphic wooden sculptures, which collectively exercises the practice of seeing. The new group of paintings includes tondos (circular shaped canvases), whose cropping underscores the flatness of his compositions while eliminating any sense of background. Also on view for the first time are a series of sculptures in form of stilt-size painted wooden legs leaning against the wall, giving a hint of a group of idle and wandering teenagers. The show highlights the evolution in the artist’s representation of the human form, and a looseness that opens up his pictorial vocabulary.The exhibition is on view through October 7, 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery, 16 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022, USA.For details, visit https://www.antonkerngallery.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.



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