The Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming Premier Exhibition in our New Location on Madison Avenue, featuring Works on Paper by IRVING KRIESBERG from the 1970’s through 1990’s.
While many Abstract Expressionists shunned figural elements in their work, KRIESBERG used them lavishly. As a result he was termed a “Figural Expressionist,” combining intense abstract colors with human and animal elements. Margalit Fox of the New York Times described KRIESBERG’s work as a space where “small creatures tower and loom, dancers weave through unorthodox angles, and customarily static objects appear fluid and sinuous. All these things gave his work a sense of wit and mystery (November 11, 2209 Obituary).”
Originally from Chicago, KRIESBERG arrived in New York in the 1950’s. The artist came to wide attention with his inclusion in many prestigious museum shows, including the Museum of Modern Art’s show “Fifteen Artists” in 1952, where he was showcased alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Clifford Still. He was given his first solo show in 1955, at the Curt Valentin Gallery in New York.
This exhibition features KRIESBERG’s works on paper, where scrawled, brightly colored pastel lines and cartoonish figures play the prominent role. In “Blasé,” fauvist dashes of viridian, cadmium orange, and rust brown outline a simian figure, who cradles his head in his hands and stares absently at the viewer. In “Lift,” vertical streaks of cobalt blue charge the image with a sense of energy, as a winged, bug-like creature takes off from an emerald green stem.
A dreamlike symbolism suffuses KRIESBERG's work, the meaning of each symbol and character known only to the artist.
KRIESBERG’s work is featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, as well as many others. He is a recipient of the Fullbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, and taught variously at Columbia, Yale, and the Pratt Institute. In 2001, at the age of 82, he received the Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, among many other awards. The artist recently passed away at the age 90 on November 11, 2009.