Reggie Burrows Hodges, Isolation Tour: Adrift, Spin Cycle, 2020, acrylic and pastel on black paper vellum surface, 9 × 12 inches, 22.9 × 30.5 cm; 16⅛ × 19¼ × 1¼ inches, 41 × 48.9 × 3.2 cm (framed)
Nov 18, 2021 — Jan 15, 2022
Featuring work by: Gertrude Abercrombie, David Byrd, Katelyn Eichwald, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Hughie Lee-Smith, Aubrey Levinthal, John Joseph Mitchell, George Tooker, John Wilde
Fleisher/Ollman is pleased to present two exhibitions exploring the art of David Byrd: one of Byrd’s drawings and the other featuring works that resonate and share affinities with the artist. David Byrd (b. 1926, Springfield, IL; d. 2013, Oxford, NY) worked in obscurity mainly in upstate New York and was active from the late 1940s until his death in 2013. His output was substantial and lifelong, but his first exhibition was not until the last year of his life. Byrd was a keen observer of the human condition and his rural environment, painting and drawing genre scenes and landscapes. His style channels the synthetic cubism of Amédée Ozenfant, with whom he briefly studied, by way of Magic Realism, a figurative yet fantastical current that paralleled the advent of Abstract Expressionism as Byrd came into his own as an artist in the 1950s. His strange and dejected drawings and paintings focus mainly on the community of Sidney Center, NY, where he lived during the last two decades of his life and where he was most productive. His subjects include auctioneers and attendees at country auctions, shoppers, street scenes, patrons in laundromats, and the occasional haunting composition based on fantasy. Most unsettling of all are Byrd’s depictions of daily life in the psychiatric ward of the Veterans’ Administration Medical Hospital, Montrose, NY, where Byrd was an orderly from 1958–1988.
In Resonance with David Byrd presents paintings and drawings by artists ranging from historical proponents of figurative modernism to living artists, all of whose work shares Byrdian sensibilities: an affinity for the forlorn, the belief in the profundity of the quotidian, the alienation of contemporary life, and an empathy for the marginalized. Getrude Abercrombie (b. 1909, Austin, TX; d. 1977, Chicago, IL), Hughie Lee-Smith (b. 1915, Eustis, FL; d. 1999, Albuquerque, NM), George Tooker (b. 1920, Brooklyn, NY; d. 2011, Hartland, VT), and John Wilde (b. 1919, Milwaukee, WI; d. 2006, Evansville, WI), while disparate in their approaches to painting, like Byrd, went against the grain of an ascendant abstraction and chose instead representation and figuration to explore the uncertainties and anxieties in the United States during World War II, the Cold War, and the social upheaval of the 1960s. All are members of essentially the same artistic generation, born between 1909–1920. The contemporary artists featured in the exhibition, Katelyn Eichwald (b. Chicago, IL, 1987; lives and works Chicago), Reggie Burrows Hodges (b. 1965, Compton, CA; lives and works Lewiston, ME), Aubrey Levinthal (b. 1986, Philadelphia, PA; lives and works Philadelphia), and John Joseph Mitchell (b. 1989, Sommers Point, NJ; lives and works Tuckahoe, NJ) not only speak to Byrd in the aforementioned manner, but also bring into relief the collective sense of isolation and despair that many of us have experienced during the pandemic.
Reggie Burrows Hodges, Big We'll, 2020, acrylic and pastel on linen, 54 × 50 inches, 137.2 × 127 cm; 55 × 51 × 2 inches, 139.7 × 129.5 × 5.1 cm (framed)
and I will wear you in my heart of heart
FLAG Art Foundation
545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001
May 1—August 13, 2021
Click HERE for a virtual tour of the exhibition by Eazel
The FLAG Art Foundation presents and I will wear you in my heart of heart, a group exhibition of contemporary paintings and textiles on view May 1-August 13, 2021, on its 9th floor. Centering on a gesture of care, the exhibition explores the myriad ways in which 35 artists evoke tenderness through depictions of lovers and friends, familial exchanges, moments of solitude, and even a cowboy and his pastel pink unicorn. Heart of heart includes recent and new works created for the exhibition that embody the cross-generational resurgence in figuration as a mode of exploring identity, cultural histories, and personal experiences. Artists include:
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Louis Fratino Jay
Sally J. Han
Reggie Burrows Hodges
Ernst Yohji Jaeger
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The FLAG Art Foundation is limiting the number of visitors in its space at any one time. Appointments are encouraged to reserve a time slot for your visit, however, walk-ins are welcome if the space is not at capacity.
Read more HERE
Reggie Burrows Hodges,
Pace House (self Portrait), 2021, acrylic and pastel on linen, 11 × 13 inches; 27.9 × 33 cm
Rockland, ME, January 29, 2021 – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is offering its annual “Art You Love” benefit auction in partnership with Artsy, the global online auction platform. Featuring more than 50 works of art by leading and emerging artists connected with Maine, the CMCA auction is an opportunity to purchase art you love and support CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programming for all ages.
This is the fourth year CMCA has partnered with an online auction house to bring its benefit auction to a global collecting market. “The Artsy platform is respected worldwide and allows people to bid on works of art no matter where they are located,” says former CMCA director Suzette McAvoy, who assisted with organizing this year’s auction. “We are immensely grateful to the artists and galleries that have contributed works in support of CMCA. There is something for buyers at every point in the market, with works by emerging to established talents.”
Bidding for CMCA’s “Art You Love” auction, cmcanow.org/auction, opens at noon on Friday, Feb. 12, and runs through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 26. At the close of the auction, successful bidders will be notified by CMCA to make arrangements for shipment of the art.
Artists contributing to the 2021 CMCA Benefit Art Auction include:
Jeffery Ackerman, Bo Bartlett, Gideon Bok, Katherine Bradford, Meghan Brady, Jenny Brillhart, Fanny Brodar, Emily Brown, Jackie Brown, Tom Burckhardt, Sam Cady, Avy Claire, Cathy Cone, Julie Crane, Ann Craven, Dan Mills, Grace DeGennaro, Lois Dodd, Michel Droge, Betsy Eby, Carol Eisenberg, Jeff Epstein, Inka Essenhigh, Melanie Essex, Clint Fulkerson, Jessica Gandolf, Harold Garde, Elizabeth Greenberg, Peter Halley, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Jill Hoy, Jeanie Hutchins, Alex Katz, Sal Taylor Kydd, Megan Magill, Jonathan Mess, Tracy Miller, K. Min, Steve Mumford, Colin Page, David Row, Gail Savitz, Claire Seidl, Anneli Skaar, Gail Skudera, Suzy Spence, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Sara Stites, Barbara Sullivan, William Wegman, Kathy Weinberg, Nicole Wittenberg, James Wolfe, Deborah Zlotsky, Dudley Zopp
CMCA has held a benefit fine art auction showcasing work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine for more than 40 years. For assistance or further information on this year’s “Art You Love” auction, please contact Justine Kablack at email@example.com or visit cmcanow.org.
Seated Listener: Blue Gown, 2020, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 14 × 11 inches, 35.6 × 27.9 cm; 14 5⁄8 × 11 1⁄2 inches, 37.2 × 29.2 cm (framed)
Artist talk: Reggie Burrows Hodges
in conversation with Hilton Als
Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30pm
Please register to join us here
Reggie Burrows Hodges, Black Ground: In the Service of Others, acrylic on canvas, 54 × 68 inches; 137.2 × 172.7 cm
Reggie Burrows Hodges is a 2020
recipient of the annual Joan
Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant
In this moment of profound change and contraction within the arts landscape, we at the Foundation felt it was particularly important to continue with this annual grants cycle, providing artists with flexible financial support as well as the recognition essential to career progress.
The 2020 Painters & Sculptors Grants recipients are:
Zarouhie Abdalian, New Orleans, LA
Natalie Ball, Chiloquin, OR
Rina Banerjee, New York, NY
Bahar Behbahani, Brooklyn, NY
Sarah Cain, Los Angeles, CA
Luke Luokun Cheng, Falls Church, VA
Jesse Chun, Brooklyn, NY
Gabriel Dawe, Dallas, TX
Joey Fauerso, San Antonio, TX
Colette Fu, Philadelphia, PA
Reggie Burrows Hodges, Maine
Linda Infante Lyons, Anchorage, AK
Kahlil Robert Irving, Saint Louis, MO
Tomashi Jackson, Cambridge, MA
Caroline Kent, Chicago, IL
Fred H.C. Liang, Boston, MA
Melissa Melero-Moose, Reno, NV
Julio César Morales, Chandler, AZ
Demetrius Oliver, New York, NY
Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Aurora, CO
Arvie Smith, Portland, OR
Edra Soto, Chicago, IL
Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum, Kahaluʻu, HI
Jordan Weber, Des Moines, IA
Didier William, Elkins Park, PA
The selected artists were first nominated by artist peers and arts professionals from throughout the United States and then chosen through a multi-phase jurying process, which this year was conducted virtually. In addition to the $25,000 financial award, grantees also gain access to a network of arts professionals, who can provide consultations on career development and financial management, and become eligible to apply for residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
“The Foundation first launched the Painters & Sculptors Grants 27 years ago with the vision to support and nurture the lives and careers of working artists, recognizing that creative endeavor is best supported through robust and unrestricted financial support. This year, the $625,000 in unrestricted funds awarded through the Painters & Sculptors Grants builds on the nearly $1,000,000 in relief funding that the Foundation will have given by year’s end to the coalition efforts Artist Relief and Creative Response NOLA, and direct aid to former grant recipients in need. All of these efforts are made possible by artist Joan Mitchell’s foresight to establish, in her will, a Foundation that serves the ongoing and changing needs of working artists,” said Christa Blatchford, Executive Director of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. “We are delighted to be able to recognize the artistic achievements of our new grantees and to continue to offer important lines of support, especially in a year that has brought particular challenges to the artistic community.”
The Foundation continues to deepen its historic commitment to increasing equity and access in its selection processes, expanding the pool of nominators and jurors to include more geographic, ethnic, and experiential diversity to ensure that grant nominees reflect a spectrum of backgrounds and approaches to their work. For 2020, the Foundation engaged more than 100 nominators from across 45 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. The final selections were made by an outside jury—a group of artists and arts professionals who rotate annually—with an eye toward artists whose work has contributed to important artistic and cultural discourse and are deserving of greater recognition on a national level.
The 2020 grantees encompass a wide breadth of demographic backgrounds, range in age from 28 to 82, and hail from across 17 states and territories across the U.S. Their work represents a range of formal techniques, approaches, and concerns, and engages with complex and universally relevant issues, including immigration, protest and patriotism, the multiplicity of identity, and under-represented histories, among many others.