Reception: Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Danese/Corey is pleased to announce the inaugural presentation of concurrent exhibitions of recent
work by Shelley Reed and Nicole Phungrasamee Fein.
Shelley Reed recontextualizes imagery gleaned from art historical sources, typically combining elements
from the work of such artists as Alexandre-Francois Desportes (1661-1743), Jean-Baptiste Oudry
(1686-1755), Melchior d’Hondecoeter (1636-1695), and the later acutely observant horse paintings of
Britain's George Stubbs. Reed’s primary focus has been the rich vein of Northern European art from the
mid-17th through 18th centuries, a period of enlightenment and profound interest in science, nature,
and the animal world. Animals were assigned human traits (peacock : vanity; dog : fidelity), and nature
itself was considered a symbol of God's providence – a commonly held belief within the stratified,
gentry dominated social order of the time.
In the epic, heroically scaled, In Dubious Battle, an 11-panel painting, measuring 7 feet high by 47 feet
wide, Reed creates a masterfully rendered, highly expressive narrative sequence, in which powerful,
dramatic action occurs in the foreground, directly engaging and confronting the viewer. Working en
grisaille enables Reed to unify the diverse visual elements associated with Netherlandish art and the
numerous other historical concepts and images brought from different sources and other times. As she
describes the process: It's a conversation with art history that touches on nature, power, aggression,
Reed (b. 1958, New York, NY) lives and works in Boston, MA. She is a recipient of the Boston Museum
of Fine Arts Maud Morgan Award and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been widely
exhibited in galleries and museums and can be found in public and private collections, including the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Wellington Management Company, Boston; Fidelity Investment
Corporation, Boston; the Hallmark Collection, Kansas City; the Lila Acheson Wallace Collection,
Pleasantville, NY; Bank of Boston; the Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA; Danforth Museum,
Framingham, MA; and the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA.
For further information, please contact Carol Corey or Jillian Brodie at 212-223-2227 or