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Edward Avedisian: Reverberations
September 10, 2020 - October 10, 2020
Berry Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce Edward Avedisian: Reverberations, a special exhibition of paintings by renowned Color Field artist, Edward Avedisian (1936-2007). This exhibition is focused on Avedisian’s paintings from the mid-1960s. The works from this era were created with new exuberant patterns of movement through color contrasts and buoyant relationships of figure and ground. Along with his contemporaries, including Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, Walter Darby Bannard, Dan Christensen, Frank Stella, and Larry Poons, Avedisian was instrumental in the exploration of new abstract methods to explore the primacy of optical experience, breaking from the tactility of Abstract Expressionism. He was included in the landmark exhibitions, Op Art: The Responsive Eye, organized by the Museum of Modern Art in 1965, and Expo 67, held in Montreal. He showed at the prestigious Hansa (1958-59) and Elkon (1960-75) galleries and participated in four annuals at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His works were prominently featured in Artforum (including the magazine’s cover in January 1969), Artnews, and Arts magazines. Currently on view through October at the Museum of Modern Art is The Shape of Shape, curated by artist, Amy Sillman. This exhibition is drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, highlighting works that have rarely been on view. Sillman chose Edward Avedisian’s painting, The World Has Gone Surfing, 1963, originally gifted to the museum by Andy Warhol. Avedisian: Reverberations opens at Berry Campbell’s Chelsea location September 10, 2020 and will continue through October 10, 2020.
Image: Edward Avedisian, Untitled , c. 1965 Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 79 1/2 in. (203.2 x 201.9 cm)