Fabulists

John Zinsser, Dwight Ripley, Donald Evans, Forent Morellet

November 29 – January 12, 2012

Dwight Ripley
Trout
1968
ink and colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 inches

Dwight Ripley
Atomic Parsley
1968
ink and colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 inches

Dwight Ripley
We Are Friends
1968
ink and colored pencil on paper
11x14inches

Dwight Ripley
Constellation!
1968
ink and colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 inches

DwightRipley
Polish Graffiti
1968
ink and colored pencil on paper
11 x 14 inches

John Zinsser
Colin De Land American Fine Arts
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
14 x 11 inches

John Zinsser
Civilian Warfare (1985)
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
14 x 11 inches

John Zinsser
Tibor de Nagy Gallery
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

John Zinsser
Xavier Fourcade Gallery (1984)
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
14 x 11 inches
SOLD

John Zinsser
Sonnabend Gallery
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
12 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches

John Zinsser
Dwan Gallery
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

John Zinsser
Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery (1976)
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
18 x 12 inches

John Zinsser
Heiner Freidrich Gallery (1977)
2009
colored pencil and graphite on paper
14 x 11 inches

Florent Morellet
Lichenstein #5 (2 Islands #2)
2009-2012
Black and blue ink on computer Processed Photo on paper
8 x 11 inches

Florent Morellet
Lichenstein #6 (Archipelago #2)
2009-2012
Black and blue ink on computer processed photo on paper
7 x 11 inches

Florent Morellet
Lichenstein #2
2009
Black ink on computer processed Artist Photo on paper
7 x 11 inches

Florent Morellet
Lost World (+50 feet) Local Warming Series
2011
China Black ink on vellum
15 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches

Florent Morellet
Red State (+40 feet) Local Warming Series
2011
China Black ink on vellum
15 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches

Florent Morellet
Gated Archipelago (+30 feet) Local Warming Series
2011
China Black ink on vellum
15 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches

Florent Morellet
Constantinople (+20 feet) Local Warming Series
2011
China Black ink on vellum
12 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Donald Evans
Iles des Sourds.
nd
watercolor

Donald Evans
1932. Tropides Islands.
1972
watercolor

Donald Evans
1966. Achterdijk. Pears of Achterdijk
(Fondante de Charneu of Legipont).
1972
watercolor and rubber stamp

Doanld Evans
1949. Katibo. Fruits.
1972
watercolor
SOLD

Donald Evans
1949. Gnostis. Magical symbols.
1972
watercolor

Donald Evans
Gnostis. 1938. Clouds.
1973
watercolor and rubber stamp on paper

Donald Evans
Adjudane.
nd
watercolor

Donald Evans
Azori Islands. Territoires de Calude.
1972
watercolor

Donald Evans
Cadaques. Fruits and Vegetables.
1975
watercolor

Donald Evans
Nadorp
nd
watercolor and rubber stamp

Donald Evans
1957. Gnostis. Natural Phenomena
1972-73
watercolor on paper

Donald Evans
Sabot. Poste Maritime.
nd
watercolor

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of four Fabulists, artists who invent imaginary places in their work. The artists explore made-up lands, which inhabit their own small and imagined worlds.

Donald Evans (1945-1977) painted miniature watercolors that combine humor, a delicate touch, and geographic invention. Created with great verisimilitude in the form of postage stamps complete with perforated edges and postmarks, the works depict imaginary landscapes, currencies, and native flora and fauna.

Like Evans, Florent Morellet’s cartographic work explores histories (both real and imagined), economies, and politics. They map effects of weather and erosion over time. His work charts human presence and their civilizations. Exhibited in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one particularly timely work consisting of multiple panels of images and texts, maps the island of Manhattan and the imagined effects of climate change over the next centuries. Ultimately Manhattan is reduced to a sliver of land and small islands, with a new economy and government.

Dwight Ripley (1908-1973), an artist and botanist, is represented in the show with a selection of his Language Panels. The Language Panels, color pencils on paper, depict verdant lands with hills and trees. There are rare appearances of figures with speech bubbles with existing and in others, invented languages. The scenes exist out-of-time and are fable-like and playful.

John Zinsser’s small color renderings, selected from his Art Dealer Archipelagos series, map out territories and countries, each named after a New York gallery. The cities are named after artists that exhibit or exhibited at each gallery. Although the works can be irreverent and humorous, they came out of Zinsser’s interest in the history of New York galleries and their roles in recent history.