Views of the exhibition "Who is Samantha McEwen" Modesti Perdriolle Gallery until December 23, 2021
Samantha McEwen 'Blue Dog' 1983 house paint on tarpaulin 165 x 217 cm
Samantha McEwen 'Remind Me Again' 2021 oil on tarpaulin 175 x 220 cm
Maximiliano Modesti and Hervé Perdriolle are delighted to present a series of new works by Samantha McEwen specially made for her solo show at our gallery in Brussels.
Samantha McEwen 'Posy Painting' 2021 acrylic on tarpaulin 172 cm x 222 cm
McEwen spent the early days of her career in New York during contemporary art’s move towards the urban, with pop and graffiti in ascendance. Although knowingness and pop-culture reverberate through her work, the obvious references are jettisoned – what is retained is the pop-art tradition of breaking the world down to shiny surfaces; an approach that she has sophisticated and maturated. Cecilia Lyttelton
Tarpaulin by Samantha McEwen and early works of Claes Oldenburg in the Robert Fraser tribute exhibition at the Pace Gallery, London 2015.
Amorphic shapes, shadows, silver clouds, incandescently pink flower heads and blooms, pared down to the simplest of forms in iridescent silver and opalescent colours speak of the transience of nature. Some of the images so fragile in their execution have floating calligraphic flourishes with fleeting banal Americanisms such as it’s been nice to talking to you and ‘be my guest’ or, in memorium to Angus Fairhurst, ‘I’ll be seeing you’ ; may be to ground them in some way, to remind us of the frailty of human nature. Cecilia Lyttelton
‘Hello Long Lost Daughter’ Mineral Painting 2021 Japanese Gampi Paper 80 x 52 cm
‘Petals’ Mineral Painting 2021 Japanese Gampi Paper 80 x 52 cm
‘I'll Be Seing You’ Mineral Painting 2021 Japanese Gampi Paper 80 x 52 cm
She makes history her own, as much matter of fact as tongue-in-cheek. With masterly ease she samples and appropriates. A late Matisse couples up with Monet lilies ﬁnding new life as Samantha’s giant white ﬂowers on metallic theatre fabric. Ursula E Pohl
in Very Magazine Issue 21 April 2019
'Bower Painting' Acrylic on Silver Glamé 275 x 206 cm
‘Say’ Mineral Painting 2021 Japanese Gampi Paper 80 x 52 cm
‘This Is How It Goes’ Mineral Painting 2021 Japanese Gampi Paper 80 x 52 cm
‘Hello My Darling Daughter’ Mineral Painting 2021 Japanese Gampi Paper 80 x 52 cm
Portrait of Samantha McEwen by Alex Katz 1982
Portrait of Samantha McEwen byFrancesco Clemente 1984
In her uncanny semi-abstraction reductionist style, she “maximises the materials while minimising the subject “– matter becomes meaning. Glamé, mylar, red or white ... it’s the physical world McEwen draws attention to. Hers is the love of what we can touch, feel, admire, explore. Small scale duo-chromes can be mini ﬂuorescent Rothkos or urban signage. You choose. Cheekily they might just be placed alongside a tinsel fringe.
Pink and Blue I 2021 Acrylic and Gouache on Canvas 25x25 cm
Pink and Blue II 2021 Acrylic and Gouache on Canvas 25x25 cm
Only for the last few years, the art world has been rediscovering and saluting the works of women artists who have been neglected for so long. Samantha's work, totally representative of the 1980s, is part of these rediscoveries to which we have the great pleasure of making our modest contribution through this exhibition and publication.
Samantha McEwen Solo Show at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery New York 1985 and 1987. Portrait of Samantha McEwen in 'Interview' the magazine of Andy Warhol, photo Lynn Kohlman, text by Robert Becker, Vol XV N°1 1985, behind Samantha an Indian buffalo exhibited at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 1985.
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