story lines

May 8 - June 19, 2009

SAUL STEINBERG: Untitled (May Rescues the Cat), 1961: Pen and ink and pastel on paper: 18 3/4” x 25 1/2”


...........Adam Baumgold Gallery presents the exhibition "Story Lines" from May 8 through June 19, 2009. The exhibition explores different types of narrative in drawing, painting and sculpture, from the ambiguous and open-ended to the fully determined. Artists included in the exhibition are Glen Baxter, Marc Bell, Charles Burns, Geneviève Castrée, Roz Chast , William Copley, Aline Kominsky Crumb, Adam Dant, Julie Doucet, Elvis Studio, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Jules Feiffer, Renée French, George Grosz, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Keith Jones, Mark Kostabi, Ruth Marten, Ed Ruscha, Lauren Schiller, Anna Sommer, Sempe, Saul Steinberg, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Scott Teplin, Robin Tewes, Chris Ware, H. C. Westermann, Trevor Winkfield and David Wojnarowicz.

...........Included in the exhibition is Charles Burns' "Robot Love," 1999- a drawing that reads like a noir mystery, offering ephemeral pieces of evidence that add up to a time, a place, and an event. Marc Bell's mixed media drawing collage "Shoo," 2009 uses the same kind of fractured narrative in a stream of consciousness diary that grows organically across and off of the page. From Aline Kominsky Crumb, Chris Ware and Julie Doucet come autobiographical comic tales that are hilarious and heartbreaking in their honesty. Robin Tewes, Anna Sommer and Alison Elizabeth Taylor challenge gender roles, while Trenton Doyle Hancock's "Vegan Season," 2004 takes place in a world in which assumed moral superiority is turned upside-down, and Ruth Marten's drawing "Les Phoques," 2007 offers her version of "a love that dare not speak its name,"

...........Mapping history, Oyvind Fahlstrom assembles the dark twists and turns of U.S. foreign policy on a literal jigsaw puzzle in "Section of the World Map - A Puzzle," 1973. In George Grosz's drawing "Dr. Sand's End," 1925, a distraught petty bureaucrat bemoans his life while a pistol waits on a nearby chair. H.C. Westermann codes his haunting response to war in private symbols in "The Time of the Hunter," 1969. Strange parlor games are present in Glen Baxter's Untitled, 1973, where 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. All these works plumb the darkness of recent history, while David Wojnarowicz's "An Alter for the People of the Villa Miseria," 1984, eloquently mourns its victims.

...........Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. A preview of the exhibition can be seen at adambaumgoldgallery.com. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or abaumgold@aol.com.