Girls Standing on Lawns and Other Projects is our fifth solo exhibition with renowned artist and bestselling author Maira Kalman. Kalman based the paintings on a collection of vernacular
photographs in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (many of which were donated from her personal collection). These have just been published as a monograph with New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler providing the text. Our show is scheduled to coincide with the release of the book, which is the first in a scheduled series edited by MoMA photography curator Sarah Meister.
Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as “a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.”
In addition to the Girls, we will exhibit a selection of paintings which illustrate the 2012 New Directions/Christine Burgin publication Robert Walser: Microscripts. Walser was a little known but major European writer of the early twentieth century who worked as a bank clerk, butler, an inventor’s assistant, and spent the last twenty-three years of his life confined to an institution. He wrote seven novels and more than a thousand stories. Much of his writing was done as “microscripts” virtually impossible to read with the naked eye but with enlargement yields amazing texts. The book is translated from German by Susan Bernofsky and text and images were appended by Kalman.
A small selection of independent gouache paintings will complete the selection for the show.
Both books will be available for sale at the gallery, and Kalman will be present at the opening to