...FICTION/NONFICTION...

March 16 - April 28, 2012

For Immediate Release:

. . Adam Baumgold Gallery presents Fiction/Nonfiction from March 16 - April 21, 2012. This exhibition explores different types of narrative in drawings, paintings, and sculpture from the ambiguous and open-ended to the fully realized. Artists included in the exhibition are Rafael Ferrer, Saul Steinberg, George Grosz, Robin Tewes, Mark Tansey, Chris Ware, Julie Doucet, Charles Burns, Robert Crumb, Seth, Renée French,Tony Fitzpatrick, Deborah Barrett, Chechu Alava, Joe Brainard, Ed Ruscha, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Glen Baxter, Marc Bell, Marcel Dzama, John Borowicz, Aline Kominsky Crumb, Mark Kostabi, Adam Dant, Elisheva Biernoff, Ruth Marten, Jules Feiffer, Huston Ripley, Bette Blank, Ellen Lanyon, Scott Teplin, Emilie Selden, and Anton van Dalen.

. . .Featured in the exhibition is Saul Steinberg's drawing Allegory, 1963, which combines symbols for beauty, justice, progress, and death to create an absurdist pastiche. In his double-sided drawing Der Dichter am Schreibtisch (At the Writing Table) 1921, George Grosz bemoans the failure of the literary scene with his image of a writer struggling to put pen to the page, and a coffin looming behind him. Tony Fitzpatrick's drawing collage Juarez Beast, 2011 metaphorically tells of the harsh realities of the Mexican drug trade and its brutal consequences, especially on women.

. . .Mark Tansey's cut-out painting, Untitled 1982, depicts a man methodically arranging stone tiles into a floor as if it were a jigsaw puzzle. In an unsettlingly serene and warm scene, Robin Tewes's painting 911, 2002 makes a symbolic reference to the tragedy using her own surrealist vocabulary, without affecting false sentimentality. Elisheva Biernoff's lifelike paintings of postcards memorialize the final journeys of lost explorers. Bette Blank's romantic painting Starlight Drive-In 2012 transports us back to a simpler time.

. . .Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Robert Crumb, and Julie Doucet draw quasi-autobiographical comic tales that are funny and poignant in their honesty. Chris Ware's drawing Jordan Lint: Age 58 & 59 (Childbirth and Stepdaughter Bikini) approximates Lint's inner life through a muddled stream of overlaid thoughts, personal symbols and mislaid memories. In The Green Ghost & Co., 2011 Seth assembles an unlikely cast of comic characters, invented for his book The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. Charles Burns's drawing El Borbah: Title Page: Love in Vein, 1999 evokes pulp fiction, heavy metal, and noir film.

. . .The large ink and watercolor drawing by Adam Dant, The Coliseum: Culture vs. Transit, 2012, unites quotidian drama and high art as a series of commuter trains rudely interrupts a performance of Swan Lake at the Coliseum Theatre in London. A man is unceremoniously tied up in the center of a room while four other men consult maps and plans in an undefined, ritualistic game in Glen Baxter's Untitled, 1973.

SAUL STEINBERG
Allegory, 1963
Ink, watercolor on paper
22 ¼” x 28 ¾”
Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Exhibited: Saul Steinberg (traveling retrospective), Whitney Museum 1978;
Saul Steinberg Illuminations (traveling retrospective) J.P. Morgan Library 2006.
Illustrated in both catalogs.

 

SAUL STEINBERG
St Valentine's Day Massacre, 1952
From A.J. Liebling's "Second City"
Ink on paper
13" x 23"

 

SAUL STEINBERG
St Valentine's Day Massacre, 1952 (verso)
From A.J. Liebling's "Second City"
Ink on paper
13" x 23"

 

TONY FITZPATRICK
The Juarez Beast, 2011
Drawing collage
10 1/4" x 7 1/2"

GEORGE GROSZ
Der Dichter am Schreibtisch (front), 1921
At the Writing Table
Pen and ink on paper
20" X 12"

 

GEORGE GROSZ
Der Dichter am Schreibtisch (verso), 1921
At the Writing Table
Pen and ink on paper
20" X 12"

RAFAEL FERRER
The Price, 2011
gouache on chalkboard, knife, wood
12" x 16" x 3"

 

RAFAEL FERRER
Habitat, 2010
gouache, collage on paper bag
12 1/2" x 8 1/2"

RAFAEL FERRER
El Pais, 2011
gouache, collage on paper bag
12" x 7 1/4"

 

 

RAFAEL FERRER
Chambre, 2010
Gouache on paper bag
13 ¾" x 8 ¼"

RAFAEL FERRER
Le Monde, 2010
gouache, collage on paper bag
19" x 9 3/4"

 

RAFAEL FERRER
This Time Like All Time is No Time, 2010
gouache, collage on paper bag
19" x 9 3/4"

RAFAEL FERRER
Zeitung, 2010
gouache, collage on paper bag
19" x 9 3/4"

ROBIN TEWES
911, 2002
Oil on wood panel
28" x 23 1/2"

 

ELISHEVA BIERNOFF
Last Postcard: Lillian Alling, 2011
Acrylic on plywood
3 1/2" x 5 1/2"

 

ELISHEVA BIERNOFF
Memento: Amelia Earhart, 2009
Oil on carved MDF
5" x 7"

ELISHEVA BIERNOFF
Memento: Vladimir Rusanov, 2011
Oil on plywood and acrylic on plaster
3 1/2" x 2 1/4" (painting); 3" x 2" x2"(rock)

ELISHEVA BIERNOFF
Memento: Vladimir Rusanov (verso), 2011
Oil on plywood and acrylic on plaster
3 1/2" x 2 1/4" inches

ELISHEVA BIERNOFF
Last Postcard: David Kenyon Webster, 2011
Acrylic on plywood
3 1/2" x 5 1/2" (double-sided)

 

ROBERT CRUMB
Weirdo #7 "Uncle Bob's Mid-Life Crisis" Page 7, 1983
Ink on paper
Image size: 16 " x 10 1/2"

 

ROBERT CRUMB
Untitled (Illustration for short story Meeeester Flyman), 1994
Ink on paper
8 1/2" x 11 1/2"

 

ALINE KOMINSKY CRUMB
“I Woke Up One Day With Or I Dreamed That... I Had a Hole in My Soul!” 1988
Ink on paper
11” x 15 1/2”

 

CHRIS WARE
Jordan Lint, age 58 and 59. (Childbirth and Stepdaughter bikini.) 2009
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

SETH
The GREEN GHOST & Co., 2011
Ink, watercolor on paper
16" x 20 ½"

 

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

 

 

MARCEL DZAMA
Notables, 1997
Ink and watercolor on paper
12 1/2" x 10"

 

MARCEL DZAMA
Mosquito Boy and Masked Girl, 2001
Ink and watercolor on paper
12 1/2" x 10"

 

EMILIE SELDEN
Spring Has Sprung, 2012
acrylics, paper
14 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"

ADAM DANT
The Coliseum, Culture vs. Transit, 2012
Ink, watercolor on paper
60" x 48"

JOHN BOROWICZ
Sisters, 2011
graphite on paper with collage
14" x 11"

 

GLEN BAXTER
Untitled (Gladys had not realized that Virginia was unable to accept defeat gracefully), 1982
Ink and watercolor on paper
sheet size:15" x 9 1/2"; image size: 9 1/2" x 7"

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

ELLEN LANYON
Alchemistic Egg, 2012
Collage
20" x 20"

 

ELLEN LANYON
Train to Exotic, 2012
Collage
20" x 20"

 

BETTE BLANK
Starlight Drive-in, 2012
Oil on canvas
12" x 16"

 

SCOTT TEPLIN
Bevel Ternky, 2009
Pen & ink and watercolor on paper
22" x 22"

 

JULIE DOUCET
Page 5 from "New York Diary," 1996
Ink on paper
8 1/2" x 13"

JULIE DOUCET
Page 6 from "New York Diary," 1996
Ink on paper
8 1/2" x 13"

 

JULIE DOUCET
Page 7 from "New York Diary," 1996
Ink on paper
8 1/2" x 13"

 

 

 

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

 

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Subject 1B,
Oil on wood
18" x 12 1/2"

 

 

ANTON VAN DALEN
Abandoned Car with Dog and TV, 1977
Graphite on paper
22" x 29"

 

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

 

RUTH MARTEN
Roman Bath, 2006
Ink drawing on print

 

CHECHU ALAVA
Olga, 2010
Oil on canvas
14" x 10 1/2"



CHECHU ALAVA
Tatiana, 2010
Oil on canvas
14" x 10 1/2"

CHECHU ALAVA
Anastasia, 2010
Oil on canvas
14" x 10 1/2"

 

HUSTON RIPLEY
Untitled # 10XL2, 2010
Ink on Japanese paper
25" x 19"