Town and Country

curated by Trevor Winkfield

June 17 – August 11, 2010

DENTON WELCH
The Coffin House
1946
watercolor and ink on paper
14 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches
Private Collection

JACK YEATS
Untitled (Seascape)
oil on board
9 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches
Private Collection

JEAN HELION
Untitled
1955
oil on board
12 1/2 x 16 inches
Private Collection

GRAHAM SUTHERLAND
Form in an Estuary
double-panel watercolor and gouache
9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches

CHARLES JONES
Larry's Perfection
c.1900
gold toned gelatin silver print
4 1/4 x 6 inches

ELLIOTT GREEN
Flood and Sentient Mud
2008
oil on linen
18 x 24 inches

SUSAN UNTERBERG
Untitled #2 (Pisces Series)
2002
ink jet print
7 x 10 1/2 inches

JONATHAN LASKER
Rasterwald
2004
oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Private Collection

ALBERT YORK
Twin Trees
c.1963
oil on canvas mounted on masonite
10 7/8 x 10 1/2 inches
Private Collection, Courtesy of Davis & Langdale Company, Inc.

DAVID DEUTSCH
Summer
2009
oil on linen
24 x 36 inches
Private Collection

ARTHUR DOVE
Ladder
1934
watercolor and ink on paper
12 x 10 inches

DAVID STOREY
Asleep in the Garden
2010
oil on canvas
68 x 16 inches

SUZANNE DUCHAMP
Usine de Mes Pensées
1920
watercolor on paper
17 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
Private Collection

MARSDEN HARTLEY
Green Landscape #3 (Dogtown Series)
1936
oil on masonite
11 x 18 inches

CHARLES BURCHFIELD
Gray House
c.1920
watercolor and graphite on paper
11 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

WILSON BENTLEY
Snowflake
1885-1919
vintage photomicrograph on printing-out paper with gold chloride toning from glass plate negative
3 3/8 x 2 15/16 inches

PAUL SIGNAC
Program for Antoine's Theatre Libré
1888
lithograph
6 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches
Private Collection

AMEDEE DE LA PATELLIERE
Painter in a Landscape
c.1929
oil on wood
13 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches
Private Collection

TIM DAVIS
Fluorescent Green Cleat (The New Antiquity)
2009
C-print
17 x 21 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Flowers
1969
mixed media collage
13 1/2 x 10 inches
Private Collection

ALEX KATZ
Untitled (White Rowboat on a Green Bank)
c.1969
collage of painted paper, on paper
8 5/8 x 7 inches
Private Collection

STEPHEN MUELLER
Untitled
2009
watercolor and gouache on paper
12 x 12 inches

LOUIS EILSHEMIUS
Untitled
nd
oil on board
20 x 29 inches
Private Collection

JANE FREILICHER
The Shy Lover
1994
oil on linen
38 x 35 3/4 inches
Private Collection

GREGORY CRANE
The Seasons, I
1993-2000
oil on canvas
24 3/4 x 50 1/2 inches

GREGORY CRANE
The Seasons, II
1993-2000
oil on canvas
24 3/4 x 50 1/2 inches

GREGORY CRANE
The Seasons, III
1993-2000
oil on canvas
24 3/4 x 50 1/2 inches

GREGORY CRANE
The Seasons, IV
1993-2000
oil on canvas
24 3/4 x 50 1/2 inches

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present Town and Country, curated by gallery artist Trevor Winkfield, featuring work by artists:

Wilson Bentley
Charles Burchfield
Gregory Crane
Tim Davis
Amédée de la Patellière
David Deutsch
Arthur Dove
Suzanne Duchamp
Louis Eilshemius
Jane Freilicher
Elliott Green
Marsden Hartley
Jean Hélion
Charles Jones
Alex Katz
Jonathan Lasker
Stephen Mueller
Paul Signac
David Storey
Graham Sutherland
Susan Unterberg
Denton Welch
Jack Yeats
Albert York


As opposed to an inclusive survey, Town and Country was conceived as, "a sampling of souvenirs from both rural and urban areas spanning over 100 years."

Trevor Winkfield elaborates:

Working inland from the coast, we first come across a cliff view of the Irish sea by Jack Yeats, painted around 1920, followed by a recent freshwater close-up of fish by photographer Susan Unterberg. No doubt Elliott Green's amorphous monsters lurk nearby, too. The Neo-Romantic Graham Sutherland takes us through entangled foliage, beneath which one would not be at all surprised to find horse chestnuts scattered by Jean Hélion, or Thomas Jones' vegetables growing. Beyond Jonathan Lasker's abstract trees and those of Albert York we find the first intimations of human dwelling in Denton Welch's eerie Coffin House (painted in wartime Britain), a prelude to the squat suburban house of David Deutsch, against which Arthur Dove's ladder might be conveniently propped.

Marcel's sister, Suzanne Duchamp, shows us a Dada factory as seen in 1920, just across the way from another dwelling by Charles Burchfield (surrounded by a Marsden Hartley fence). Entertainment is provided by Paul Signac's landmark pointillist theater programme (1888), and perhaps by Louis Eilshemius's lascivious nude at rest. An altogether more serious nude (and one of her strangest) by Jane Freilicher points us once more towards the ocean, where moons by Stephen Mueller will soon rise, followed somewhat later by a snowfall courtesy of Snowflake Bentley. Finally, Gregory Crane's four-panel homage to the seasons brings together town and country, both.




Trevor Winkfield moved to New York from his native England in 1969. The artist combines in his paintings strikingly absurdist and unpredictable juxtapositions of disparate images, all rendered in a flat graphic style. His paintings often hint at narratives, although they can also be read as carefully constructed abstractions with recognizable objects worked in the compositions.

Winkfield's work has been the subject of over fifteen solo exhibitions throughout the United States. He has received numerous awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Award and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. In 2002, Winkfield was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French government. The artist has written extensively about art and until this year was a co-editor of The Sienese Shredder, a journal on art and literature.