Les Yeux du Monde presents @ IMVA Salon

Ann Lyne: Highlights in Gesture and Line
5 June – 2 August 2015

Opening Reception
First Friday, 5 June, 5 – 7 p.m.

At the Offices of
Investment Management of Virginia (IMVA)
200 Sixth Street NE in Charlottesville, VA

Les Yeux du Monde is excited to partner with Investment Management of Virginia (IMVA) at 200 Sixth Street in Charlottesville to host a special exhibition and First Friday Opening of Ann Lyne: Highlights in Gesture and Line. Ann Lyne, a venerated Virginia artist since 1959, has shown her paintings and drawings in museums such as the Smithsonian, the Mint Museum in Charlotte and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her accolades include grants and fellowships from the National Endowment of Arts, the Virginia Museum, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. She has her MFA from American University in Washington DC, and studied studio art, art history, and aesthetics at Queens College, Westhampton College of the University of Richmond and the Virginia Commonwealth University. In her oil paintings and drawings of equestrian, floral and Virginia themes she magisterially melds meticulous observation and line with free gestural brushwork, to create new compositions that draw from great modernist artists from Degas to Matisse and Joan Mitchell and yet are wholly her own new vibrant creations.

The exhibition will open in the offices of Investment Management of Virginia (IMVA) at 200 Sixth Street NE in Charlottesville with a First Friday wine and cheese reception on June 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. Nearby parking is available in the Water Street Parking Garage. For more information call Les Yeux du Monde at 434-882-2620 or IMVA at 434-220-0234.

Sunflowers and Tea Cups at Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery

Ann Lyne, Sunflowers and Tea Cups, 2009.
Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

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Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School presents
Russ Warren: WORKS
1971 – 2014
27 March – 3 May 2015
Gallery Talk by the Artist, Sunday, 19 April, 2 p.m.
Closing Reception, Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4 p.m.

Opening Friday, 10 October, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Woodberry Forest School is pleased to present Russ Warren: WORKS 1971 – 2015 from March 27 through 3 May 2015. Warren, a professor of art at Davidson College from 1978- 2008, showed widely in this country and abroad in the 1980’s in Neo-Expressionist circles. The works of those years were featured in many solo shows with Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York and Chicago and group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial (1981) the Venice Biennale (1984) among others. These works, variously referred to as Neo-Expressionist, Funky Figurative or to use Donald Kuspit’s term, “Mad Cap Surrealist” are well known through reviews in the major art magazines and exhibition catalogues. Less well known are Warren’s Regionalist works of the 1970’s which reference his Texas roots and his later totally unique multi-layered paintings initiated in his Mare: A Work in Progress series in the 1990’s and continued in his Magic Mountain of 2009 or his recent triptychs and smaller paintings using the livestock marker as a medium. This show will trace the artistic and ideological evolution of Warren’s work using major pieces from each decade beginning in 1971 with a collage that reveals his early understanding of Picasso’s cubism and Matisse’s cut-outs and crisp line. Artistic influences such as Dubuffet, Mexican folk art and Spanish masters from Goya and Velazquez to Picasso are evident but transformed throughout Warren’s oeuvre. This is evident in Warren’s recent multi-panel paintings based on Picasso’s versions of Velazquez’s famous painting Las Meninas (1656). They start with these painter’s versions but are merged with Warren’s signature iconography, such as strong light and shadow, southwestern cacti and the dogs that take a larger than life role.

The exhibition is perfect for teaching institutions such as Woodberry Forest and the University of Alabama where it will travel next because one can trace the evolution of an artist very influenced by the history of art, while it also emphasizes his joyous and determined artists’ work ethic. Never influenced by painting for the “market”, Warren always urged his students just to work every day and try to produce something that “cannot be denied” that “surprises even you when you go into your studio.” This show, with its inclusion of a sampling of a vast amount of work from each decade and 4 major triptychs produced in the past three years, along with 18 of the over 100 livestock marker paintings he produced in 2014, reveals Warren adheres to his own advice.

The show will be accompanied by a catalogue with color reproductions of the works in the exhibition and other works in museum collections along with an introduction by Davidson College Art Historian Shaw Smith, an interview by University of Alabama Professor of Art and Gallery Director William Dooley and an essay by Art in America Contributing Editor Carter Ratcliff.

The show will open at the Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School on March 24 and run through 3 May 2015. It will travel to the Sarah Moody Art Gallery at the University of Alabama and run from 29 October through 3 December 2015. There will be a gallery talk by the artist in Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School on Sunday, 19 April at 2 p.m. and a Closing Reception (both free and open to the public) on Sunday, May 3 from 2 – 4 p.m. Baker Gallery at Woodberry Forest School is open Monday through Friday 9 – 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. For more information, call 434-882-2620 or 540-672-3900.