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Jack Pierson - Images 2
Jack Pierson - Images 2

Jack Pierson
AT DAWN  2016
Metal
46 x 65 x 3 3/4 inches overall
116.8 x 165.1 x 9.5 centimeters overall
CR# PI.37147

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Kimber Smith - Images
Kimber Smith - Images
Kimber Smith - Images 2

Kimber Smith (1922 - 1981)
RED ROSE  1980
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 12 inches
91.4 x 30.5 centimeters
CR# KS.40320

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Ron Gorchov - 1
Ron Gorchov - 1
Ron Gorchov - 2
Ron Gorchov - 2

Ron Gorchov
CLOSE CALL  2020
Oil on linen
14 x 16 1/2 inches
35.6 x 41.9 centimeters
(RGPT_0435)
CR# RG.40348

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Pat Steir - Images 1
Pat Steir - Images 1
Pat Steir - Images 2
Pat Steir - Images 2

Pat Steir
FROM VERMONT 6  2014
Oil on canvas
65 x 49 inches
165.1 x 124.5 centimeters
(STEI-1402)
CR# SE.34287

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Not knowing when the Dawn will come,
I open every Door,
Or has it Feathers, like a Bird,
Or Billows, like a Shore —

— Emily Dickinson

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Joan Mitchell - Images
Joan Mitchell - Images
Joan Mitchell - Text

Joan Mitchell (1925 - 1992)
UNTITLED  1964
Oil on canvas
45 5/8 x 35 inches
115.9 x 88.9 centimeters
(MITC-0597)
CR# MI.13325

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Emerging from the artist's series called The Black Paintings, this work is prototypical of Mitchell's output in the mid-sixties, which merges European landscape painting with American Abstract Expressionism. In UNTITLED  1964, Mitchell concentrates her mark-making at the center of the canvas, and allows the composition to become lighter and more ethereal at the edges. The dense, vibrating mass of ultramarine is shot through with cool reds and mossy greens, and interrupted by bright, Aegean blue. At this time, Mitchell had permanently relocated to France, and the beauty of the natural landscapes surrounding Vétheuil, where Monet lived for several years before moving to nearby Giverny, are apparent in this work. The resultant concentration of dark values in the center — emblematic of this particular series — creates a feeling of both spatial and emotional depth.

The work has been exhibited at Inverleith House at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010, and at Hauser & Wirth, London, for the 2007 exhibition Joan Mitchell: Leaving America. In the accompanying catalogue, Helen Molesworth wrote:

"[Mitchell's] deployment of painting’s elemental building blocks—color and stroke— results in paintings that are analogous to poetry. If in poetry language is both sharpened and distilled, both loaded with and emptied of meaning, then in Mitchell’s canvases the elements of paintings—paint, color and canvas—are both themselves and at the same time replete with expressive connotation."

Lynda Benglis - Images
Lynda Benglis - Images
Lynda Benglis - Images 2
Lynda Benglis - Images 2

Lynda Benglis
SB#5  2017
Cast sparkles on handmade paper over chicken wire
37 x 30 x 13 inches
94 x 76.2 x 33 centimeters
CR# BE.39259

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Sean Scully - Images
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Sean Scully
LANDLINE YELLOW YELLOW  2014
Oil on aluminum
85 x 75 inches
215.9 x 190.5 centimeters
(SS2549)
CR# SY.34275

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Scully’s Landline paintings resonate with the same urgency and freedom as they did in 2013 when the artist began the series; it has since been elevated to the title of his 2019 retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.. Thick horizontal bands of subtly-layered color provide his compositions with rhythmic pulse, while the interactions between striations of paint bristle with energy. While Scully’s paintings recall, on their surface, the contours of the actual landscapes that inspired them, they deepen along levels of recent personal experience and trauma—both physical and emotional.

“I think of land, sea, sky. And they always make a massive connection. I try to paint this, this sense of the elemental coming together of land and sea, sky and land…stacked in horizon lines endlessly beginning and ending…” – Sean Scully

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Introduction

Cheim & Read will open a group exhibition, At Dawn, on Thursday, September 10, which will feature the work of Lynda Benglis, Ron Gorchov, Joan Mitchell, Jack Pierson, Sean Scully, Kimber Smith, and Pat Steir.

We will be open by appointment Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM. Please call (212) 242-7727 or email gallery@cheimread.com to schedule your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery.

Poem details: Dickinson, Emily. "Not knowing when the Dawn will come," The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. Thomas H. Johnson. Back Bay Books, New York, NY. 1976.

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