A n e c d o t e s...

Andras Bality...Glen Baxter...Charles Burns
Geneviève Castrée...William Copley...Aline Kominsky Crumb
Julie Doucet...Marcel Dzama...Jules Feiffer
Renée French...Kirk Hayes...Mark Kostabi
Tala Mandani...Diane Noomin...Craig Norton
Jim Nutt...Jennie Ottinger...Mark Tansey...Robin Tewes

APRIL 1 - MAY 15, 2010
40 EAST 75TH STREET


JIM NUTT: a little light, a little dark, 1986: Colored pencil on paper: 11" x 16"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANECDOTES


April 1 - May 15, 2010

..........Adam Baumgold Gallery presents the exhibition "Anecdotes" from April 1 through May 15, 2010. The exhibition will feature works by Andras Bality, Glen Baxter, Charles Burns, Geneviève Castrée, William Copley, Aline Kominsky Crumb, Julie Doucet, Marcel Dzama, Jules Feiffer, Renée French, Kirk Hayes, Mark Kostabi, Tala Madani, Diane Noomin, Craig Norton, Jim Nutt, Jennie Ottinger, Mark Tansey and Robin Tewes. The selection of works will include short narrative pieces and artworks which tell stories which are incidental, ephemeral and sometimes surreal.

..........An anecdote is a short tale of an interesting or amusing incident, usually told to illustrate some point greater than itself. In Jim Nutt's formally stunning tableau, "A Little Light, A Little Dark," 1986, male and female nude figures are frozen mid-action, holding tools or weapons, their gestures at once playful, tender and threatening. A tiny figure with a flashlight looks on, like the ego trying to decipher the mystery of gender. Aline Kominsky-Crumb's "Sex Crazed Housewife" is a light comedy about the tensions that challenge her as a married woman, without directly questioning the role she plays. In "Avoiding the Dangers of a Family Get Together" Jules Feiffer displays his mastery of storytelling by anecdote, revealing a lifetime of dysfunction in a few offhand remarks.

..........The term "anecdotal," with the connotation of information that is not scientific or confirmable is appropriate to the subjective and personal nature of these artists' work. Kirk Hayes "The Big Nose Bleed (the Illusion of Immortality Wanes)" leaves the viewer to assess the emotional impact of this minor complaint. From Mark Tansey there is a concise painting of two men examining arrows in a target, a snapshot of sport as a model of performance anxiety and pressure to compete. Two drawings by Glen Baxter riff on the peculiarities of male bonding and human interactions in general, while Tala Madani's "Tweezed Out" reveals the peculiar intimacies of men. Diane Noomin's "Coming of Age in Carnarsie" uses insignificant events to reflect the barely repressed strangeness of the 1950's American world of her youth. The odd encounters and bizarre characters of Marcel Dzama meet the "Happy Ending Nightmares" of Julie Doucet. These works are gently humorous, and only hint at trouble happening off-camera.

..........The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-5:30 P.M. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338.

 

JIM NUTT
a little light, a little dark, 1986
Colored pencil on paper
11" x 16"

 

JENNIE OTTINGER
Business Meeting, 2010
Oil on canvas paper
20"x32"

JENNIE OTTINGER
Pistol, 2010
Oil on panel
8"x10"

JENNIE OTTINGER
Docks (1 guy), 2010
Oil on canvas paper
18" x 24"

 

CHARLES BURNS
"El Borbah: Title page: Love in Vein," 1999
Ink on paper
18" x 14"

CHARLES BURNS
"Big Baby: Molemen page 1," 1985
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

 

KIRK HAYES
The Big Nose Bleed
(The Illusion Of Immortality Wanes), 2009
Oil on panel
33" x 30 1/2"

MARCEL DZAMA
Tipping Hat to Tree, 2000
Ink and watercolor on paper
12 1/2" x 10"

MARCEL DZAMA
Contemplating Animal Appendages, 2000
Ink and watercolor on paper
12 1/2" x 10"

 

WILLIAM COPLEY
Untitled, 1985
Oil on canvas
5 3/4" x 4"

 

ANDRAS BALITY
Bathers, 2009
Oil on canvas
10” x 12”

ANDRAS BALITY
Southern Side, 2007
Oil on canvas
12” x 12”

ANDRAS BALITY
Life Preserver, 2009
Oil on canvas
9” x 7”

ANDRAS BALITY
Dark Shadows, 2009
Oil on canvas
9” x 7”

ANDRAS BALITY
Pain Relievers- Flying, 2009
Oil on canvas
9” x7 1/2”

ANDRAS BALITY
Zagreb Construction, 2009
Oil on canvas
7” x 5 1/2”

 

ROBIN TEWES
Solitary Confinement
Oil on panel
26" x 18

 


ALINE KOMINSKY CRUMB
Sex Crazed Housewife, 1 of 4 pages
Ink on scratchboard
15” x 12”

ALINE KOMINSKY CRUMB
Sex Crazed Housewife, 2 of 4 pages
Ink on scratchboard
15” x 12”

ALINE KOMINSKY CRUMB
Sex Crazed Housewife, 3 of 4 pages
Ink on scratchboard
15” x 12”

ALINE KOMINSKY CRUMB
Sex Crazed Housewife, 4 of 4 pages
Ink on scratchboard
15” x 12”

 


TALA MADANI
Tweezed Out, 2006
Oil on canvas
12" x 9"

 

JULES FEIFFER
Family Get Together, 1977
Ink on paper
11 3/4" x 14 1/2"

 

GLEN BAXTER
As the Sun Goes down over Brussels the Erotic Tension Reaches a Fever Pitch,
Colored pencil on paper
23 3/8" x 33 1/2"

 

GLEN BAXTER
Untitled, 1973
Colored pencil on paper
23 3/8" x 33 1/2"

 

DIANE NOOMIN
Coming of Age in Canarsie, 1989
Scratchboard drawing
14" x 11"

 

JULIE DOUCET
Page from "An Happy Ending Nightmare," 1990
Ink on paper
7 5/8" x 10 3/8"

JULIE DOUCET
Page from "An Happy Ending Nightmare," 1990
Ink on paper
7 5/8" x 10 3/8"

JULIE DOUCET
Page from "An Happy Ending Nightmare," 1990
Ink on paper
7 5/8" x 10 3/8"

 

CRAIG NORTON
Untitled (Man with Hound), 2007
Bic pen and wallpaper collage on board
47" x 29"

 

Drawings from Renée French's book, "The Ticking"

RENÉE FRENCH
The Ticking 1, 2006
Ink on paper
3 1/4" x 3 1/2"

RENÉE FRENCH
"The Ticking 2, 2006
Ink on paper
3 3/8" x 3 1/4"

RENÉE FRENCH
The Ticking 3, 2006
Ink on paper
3 1/8" x 3"

RENÉE FRENCH
"The Ticking 4, 2006
Ink on paper
3 1/8" x 3 1/4"

RENÉE FRENCH
The Ticking 5, 2006
Ink on paper
3 1/16" x 3 1/16"

RENÉE FRENCH
The Ticking 6, 2006
Ink on paper
3 3/8" x 3 3/8"

RENÉE FRENCH
The Ticking 7, 2006
Ink on paper
3 1/8" x 3 1/8"

RENÉE FRENCH
The Ticking 8, 2006
Ink on paper
3 3/8" x 3 1/8"

 

MARK KOSTABI
A Great Catch, 2006
Oil on canvas
11 3/4" x 9 3/4"


GENEVIÈVE CASTRÉE
Réconciliation I, 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 7/8"

GENEVIÈVE CASTRÉE
Réconciliation II, 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"