Galerie Richard Opens in Chelsea, NYC on September 8, 2011 with PLAYCONICS, Paul Henry Ramirez’s first major solo exhibit in NYC in four years

Galerie Richard Opens in Chelsea, NYC on September 8, 2011 with PLAYCONICS, Paul Henry Ramirez's first major solo exhibit in NYC in four years
Galerie Richard Opens in Chelsea, NYC on September 8, 2011 with PLAYCONICS, Paul Henry Ramirez's first major solo exhibit in NYC in four years

Reception: September 8, 2011; from 6 to 8pm
Location: 514 West 24th street (ground floor), New York, NY10011

Jean-Luc and Takako Richard are excited to announce the opening of its newest gallery in Chelsea, NYC on September 8, 2011 and the gallery’s inaugural exhibit of Paul Henry Ramirez entitled PLAYCONICS. The exhibition will run up to October 15th.

Donald Kuspit, writer and critic, in the accompanying catalog describes Ramirez as, “.. an important new kind of abstract painter – not your old-time transcendentalist…, but a playful abstractionist, that is, an abstractionist playing with color and form to exciting imaginative effect…”

In PLAYCONICS Ramirez explores the vocabulary he has developed over 20 years. Comprised of eight large and several smaller paintings, this exhibit continues to combine playfulness with his iconic forms. This is evident with two new canvases used in two separate site-specific wall installations and an installation of interactive new TIPSY paintings.

Ramirez describes his recent paintings as “biogeomorphic abstractions,” a morphing together of his earlier biomorphic forms with newer solid geometric forms that incorporates both the feminine and the masculine into an elasticized mixture of both. His palette also reflects this evolution as he combines his signature flesh/pink “figurative” colors with far ranging bold colors of orange, yellow, green, blue and more. Kuspit writes of Ramirez’s new combinations, “His figures are abstract hermaphrodites, their sexual attributes geometrically idealized and perfected, making them all the more seductive.”

Ramirez invites the viewer to be directly involved in the creation of the new TIPSY paintings. By rotating the work, the viewer is able to reconfigure the paintings into endless new compositions. Since the mid-90’s, Ramirez has created installations that expand the painting into its architectural surroundings, while the painting becomes one with the architecture. The two separate site-specific wall installations at opposite ends of the gallery have the effect of bringing the whole gallery, along with the other paintings and viewer, into one encompassing experience.

In 2012 the artist will have his fourth solo show at Galerie Richard in Paris.  In 2013 Ramirez’s work will be included in a Smithsonian Museum of American Art exhibition featuring works from their permanent collection and accompanied by a catalog. His recent solo exhibition, BLACKOUT (2010) was the final commissioned project initiated to celebrate the Museum’s 100th year. It dialogued with  the major Centennial exhibition, Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1929-1950.

The Newark Museum, Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art have purchased  numerous Ramirez paintings and a donation was made to the Hammer Museum in recent years. Ramirez has exhibited extensively throughout the country including solos at Caren Golden Fire Arts, NY; Mary Boone Gallery, NY; Rena Bransten Gallery, SF and in the gallery’s Paris location. Museum exhibits include: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Tang Museum, NY; The Contemporary Arts Center, OH; The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; The Drawing Center, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Ramirez has been written about in: Artforum, Art in America, ART news, Art & Antiques, Flash Art and The New York Times.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog and essay by Donald Kuspit.

For additional information or images, please contact Jean-Luc Richard at [email protected] T: 212-510-8181




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The press release and the photographs are courtesy of the gallery and the artists.

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