Visiting Artists and New Abstraction – The Art Students League

Visiting Artists and New Abstraction

Visiting Artists

Harriet Korman, Untitled, 2014, 36 x 48", oil on canvas
Visiting Artists

Class Description

MARCH 10 – MAY 19, 2020
Tuesdays, 7:00– 9:00 pm

Entire series fee: $290
Fee per Class $30

Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 25 students
Please request supply list

This class will be a series of visits by prominent abstract painters whose rigorous paintings embody new approaches to color, structure and space. Each will have two sessions with students during which the Visiting Artists will speak on their own work, give students an approach for in-class work and finally, do critiques of student work.

Artists & Dates:
Introduction by Jill Nathanson (March 10)
Harriet Korman (March 17 & 24)
John Mendelsohn (March 31 & April 7)
Carl E. Hazlewood (April 14 & 21)
Mario Naves (April 28 & May 5)
Elisa Jensen (May 12 & 19)

About the Instructor

Jill Nathanson was born in 1955 in New York City and she lives and works in New York. Nathanson received her MFA from Hunter College in 1982 and her BA from Bennington College in 1976. Nathanson has long been engaged in updating color-based abstract painting through her use of new materials and unexpected color relationships. Built of poured and often overlapping areas of translucent color, her works are contemporary takes on old master glazing as well as meditations on the potential of color, light and surface to engage us with issues of energies and materiality in our time. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions about contemporary abstract painting such as Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL and Color as Structure, Structure as Color, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, NYC. Nathanson has written reviews for and her work been reviewed in Art News, The Brooklyn Rail, The Partisan Review, Arts Magazine, New York Observer and Her work is in significant public collections and many private collections around the U.S. and in Europe including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, Tufts University, Medford, MA and the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA. Nathanson’s work is represented by Berry Campbell Gallery in NYC.

Harriet Korman has been exhibiting her work since graduating from Queens College, CUNY in 1970. She was included in the first exhibit of The Institute of Art and Urban Resources (now PS1-MoMA), The Brooklyn Bridge Festival, 10 Young Artists – Theodoron Awards at the Guggenheim Museum in 1971, and has been in three Whitney Annuals/Biennials (1972,73,95). During her career she has exhibited at Galerie Ricke in Cologne, the Willard Gallery in New York, Daniel Weinberg Gallery in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Texas Gallery in Houston, and Haeusler Contemporary in Munich. From 1992–2019 she was represented by the Lennon Weinberg Gallery in New York. The Thomas Erben Gallery in New York has included her in group exhibitions and she had a solo exhibition there in 2018. In 2013 she won a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship grant in 2008, three National Endowment for the Arts grants (1974,87,93), and purchase prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003 and the National Academy Museum where she was elected to membership in 2006. Her work has been consistently reviewed in art publications and the New York Times, recently for her 2014 exhibition Line or Edge, Line or Color, in a review by Roberta Smith. She has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology since 1989.

John Mendelsohn’s work explores the poetics of painting and perception. In his paintings, visual movement arises from repeated forms that keep changing as they are reiterated. He has written that they recall “the appearance of one thing after another, like waves or mistakes, thoughts or breaths. I make my paintings in series that when seen together create an architecture of images. The series have in common a sense of transformation, color as a central element, and an existential awareness.” In the paintings are a range of optical excitations including turbulence, moiré patterns, and phantom forms, that arise from the manipulation of paint and other mediums. His work has been shown at Artists Space, New York; P.S.1 The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York; Venice Biennale; Nordiska Kompanient, Stockholm, Sweden; and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Recent solo shows include Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn, 57 W. 57 Arts, New York; and Fairfield University, Fairfield CT. His exhibitions have been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Arts Magazine, and artnet. He received a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from Rutgers University, and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has written about contemporary art for many publications.

MacDowell Fellow, Carl E. Hazlewood, BFA with honors, Pratt, and MA from Hunter College, was born in Guyana, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Visual Artist, curator and writer, he co-founded Aljira a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ. Recent awards and honors include residencies and fellowships from The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House,  (administered by MFAH-The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Ménerbes, France; The Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria Study Center for the Arts & Humanities,
 Genoa, Italy; the NARS Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Headlands Center for the Arts; Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. A 2017 ‘Tree of Life’ award grantee, his fifty-two feet work, ‘TRAVELER’, (2017) was commissioned by the Knockdown Center, Queens. Most recent solo exhibitions include those at The June Kelly Gallery, NYC 2020, and Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn 2019. Hazlewood’s work has been seen recently in PRIZM, Volta, and Scope Art Fairs. BOMB Magazine, NY Times, Hyperallergic, have written about the artist.

Mario Naves teaches at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College and Hofstra University. He has been the recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The E.D. Foundation, The Sugarman Foundation, The City University of New York, Hofstra University and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Naves’ paintings are represented by the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea and have been covered by The New York Times, The New York Sun, The Village Voice, ArtCritical.Com, ArtNet and other publications. Naves’ criticism has been published in The New York Observer, Slate, The New Criterion, New Art Examiner, The Wall Street Journal and City Arts. He lives and works in New York City.

Elisa Jensen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has received awards for her work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Academy Museum, The American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Revson Foundation. She has shown extensively in New York and in Europe including Edward Thorp Gallery, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, NY, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, Royal Danish Consulate General, NY, Sophienholm Museum, Denmark, Morsø Kunstforening, Denmark. Her work has been reviewed and featured in Two Coats of Paint, Whitehot Magazine,, Artspeil, Hyperallergic,,,, The New York Sun, New York Daily News, The Irish Echo, and The New York Times. Elisa graduated from Smith College and the New York Studio School. She currently teaches at the New York Studio School.

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