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Richard Merkin: Paintings and Drawings AND Backroom: Meg Lipke

Backroom: Abstract Paintings by Meg Lipke

Opening reception Saturday November 6, 2010

November 4, 2010 through December 12, 2010

Paintings and Drawings by Richard Merkin curated by Stephen King at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY opens November 4th  and runs thru December 12th.  The opening reception is on Saturday, November 6th 6 - 8pm. Richard Merkin, 1938 - 2009,  held a degree from Syracuse University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  He began  teaching at  RISD in 1963 and remained there for nearly 40 years.  During this time, he built his reputation in New York as both a painter and illustrator.  He is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Institution, and the Whitney Museum as well as many others.  Mr. Merkin was a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair  and  also wrote for Gentleman’s Quarterly  as well as being a regular contributor of illustrations for  The New Yorker Magazine.  He also has the dubious distinction of appearing on the cover of the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, (back row, right of center).  Merkin’s friend, the writer Tom Wolfe writes,  “The typical Merkin picture takes legendary American images - from baseball, the movies, fashion, Society, tabloid crime and scandal - and mixes them with his own autobiography, often with dream-like juxtapositions”.  This exhibition will includes numerous drawings and paintings from the estate of Richard Merkin.

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Running concurrently in the Backroom is an exhibit of  both large and small abstract paintings by Meg Lipke. This is Ms. Lipke’s first exhibition at Carrie Haddad Gallery.  Lipke’s paintings simultaneously invite and thwart figurative readings.  The atmospheric works refer to cellular forms and geometric organisms within an animated landscape.  Lipke’s preoccupation with maps, mazes, and anatomy stems from her interest in the process of moving through time, space, emotions, and events.  Art in America’s Aruna D’Souza states in her review of Likpe’s paintings, “Clumps of pigment and visible brushstrokes activate the surface, the result of  working over a still-wet surface.  The top layer of paint has dried and contracted  to form a wrinkled skin that enhances the organics  suggested by the genetic forms.”  Meg Lipke holds an MFA in painting from Cornell University (96) and a BA from the University of Vermont (91). She and her husband and two sons live in Columbia County.

Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street and is open daily 11-5 (closed Wednesday).  You can preview the exhibit online at www.carriehaddadgallery.com.  Call the gallery at (518) 828 1915 for more information or directions.

 

 

 

Note From the Curator

“Girls just want to have fun…”; Cyndi Lauper and Richard Merkin would have had something in common.
 
From his bohemian, jazz-era fashion sense, often recalling images of Adolphe Menjou, to the widely varied collections of memorabilia that filled his home and to the joy he had with friends and students, it is clear Richard was, while working hard, just having a lot of fun.
 
His hundreds of paintings, illustrations, sketches and collages are a natural and direct expression of all that he saw and all that made him happy to be alive.
 
He defied the norm and conventional. Art critics, struggled to categorize, define and contain his style. When they failed they often walked away seeming throwing their hands in the air. Yet he persevered and along the way inspired decades of students, many who followed as though he were a rock star. When a memorial was held at Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught, many came dressed as he dressed, some with Merkin masks. A show of respect for the man he was as much as thanking him for the talent he nurtured in each of them.
 
When he looked out at the world he saw everything and everyone honestly.
He didn’t seem to judge or criticize. He observed and visually commented with the seemingly uncensored purity of a child.
 
Today, in such an unsettled world, a walk among even just a few of Richard Merkin’s paintings will help one to just look, observe, reflect and smile at the folly of these strange earthlings we call - human beings.
 
                                                                                                            – Stephen King, Curator
 
 
 

Artists in this show

Meg Lipke


Idol II, 2008

Untitled , 2007

Devil's Bowl Racetrack, 2008

Locus, 2007

Channel, 2010

Oscar's Painting, 2006-7

Power Lines, 2010

Seeker, 2010

Diego's Painting, 2007

Faith and Error, 2010

Family Portrait, 2005-6

Floating, 2008

The Logic of Relationships, 2010

Growing Patterns, 2010

Idol, 2007

Untitled #046, 2002

Untitled #044, 2002

Untitled #045, 2002

Untitled (UFO 97), 2007

Kiefer's Ovary, 2009
 

Richard Merkin


A Toledo Mud-Hen, 1984

The Press Box, Tad and Herriman, 1999

David Cone, Yankee No. 36, 1996

Gluyas Williams, 1994

Buster Keaton , c. 1980

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Robert Morse in Capote, c. 1980

Untitled (Self-Portait in Pink), c. 1980

Untitled (Self-Portrait with Pencil), unknown

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Self Portrait in Baseball Cap, C. 1980

Factory Deco for the Late John Graham #2 (Jane Forth and Donna Jordan), 1997

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Pine Plains Fireman Who Outpitched Lefty Krauss, 1992

Isabelle Eberhardt in Algeria (2nd version), 2005

Eberhardt in Algeria, 2002

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(Further Notes On) Loneliness, c.1980

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Peter Arno, c. 1980

Bad Company, 1988

Two Men Standing, c. 1995

Untitled (Algonquin), c. 1995

Tony Spargo in London, 1997

Radical Feminist, 1995

American Romances (Tarnower), 1984-85

Calley, 1973

The Theosophist (Blavatsky), unknown

The Iranian, 1984

A Portrait of Harry Crosby, 1994

Paris de Nuit, 1995

Paris de Nuit - Page 3, 1979

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Paris de Nuit - Page 4, 1979

Paris de Nuit - Page 5, 1979

Paris de Nuit - Page 6, 1979

Paris de Nuit - Page 7, 1979

Paris de Nuit - Page 8, 1979

Paris de Nuit - Page 1, 1979

Paris de Nuit - Page 2, 1979
   

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