Preview, Thursday, March 31, 6 to 9 pm
Mireille Mosler Ltd. is pleased to announce Spring Flowers, an exhibition of works of art, complemented with objects all saluting the new season.
In the seventeenth century, tulips were the most popular flower and were cultivated primarily in Holland. The increasing trade in bulbs, which either went from hand to hand or were negotiated by certificate, led to a rise in prices for certain varieties and single tulip bulbs could represent a vast capital investment. The tulip mania that followed, during which contract prices for bulbs reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed, is considered the first recorded speculative bubble, the most famous victim being Rembrandt. In order to offer the bulbs for sale, bulb growers as well as collector commissioned artists to produce depictions of the different varieties. A set of more than thirty of these tulip drawings will be exhibited.
Spring is definitely present in Kees van Dongen’s portrait of his muse and girlfriend Jasmy, executed in Paris in 1921. Under her influence, Van Dongen developed the lush colors of his Fauvist style that made him such a sought-after artist. A painting of an Artforum advertisement of a Hirst butterfly painting is a festive reminder of the new season arriving. The drawing of a bird by David Shrigley ironically depicts a somewhat innocent bird guarding his meal which, presumably, he has just dug up from the unfrozen soil. Bromelia Dubia by Peter Roesel simulates a flowering cactus, but on close inspections, is made out of the fabric of German police uniforms. Natural objects such as corals, minerals, fossils, porcelain flowers and turtle shells compliment the eclectic mix.
Spring Flowers will be on view at Mireille Mosler Ltd., 35 East 67th Street through May 7, 2011. Gallery hours are by appointment. For more information, please contact the gallery at (212) 249-4195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mireille Mosler Ltd.
35 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065