Monday, March 4, 2013

Show in New York





My show at 80WSE Gallery on Washington Square East (in New York) is up for one more day. If you're in the Village swing on by! My great-grandmother, Helen Park Stockman, is finally getting her due a century later. GO GRANNY, GO! My essay and more details below.






ULTRAVIOLET 1913-2013: HELEN STOCKMAN AND LILY STOCKMAN

Helen Park Stockman (1894-1985) was a New York painter and member of Robert Henri’s core group of pupils at the Art Students League in the late nineteen-teens and early twenties. Her male mentors, friends, and peers –George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Edward Hopper, Arthur Dove– would go on to become the standard-bearers for early American modernist painting.

While inspired by the watershed 1913 Armory Show and ensconced in the camaraderie of Alfred Stieglitz's 291 gallery, Stockman viewed the bombast of the European vanguard as ancillary to the distinct cultural identity of New York. Washington Square Gallery founder Robert J. Coady articulated this shift in 1916: what these New York painters were after was “not an illustration to a theory” but “an expression of a life, a complicated life– American life.”

Stockman drew from the surrounding industrial landscape to plumb the complexities behind the glimmer of 1920s New York. Such was Stockman’s painterly agenda and existential paradox: “modernism” for her was freedom and individualism (women’s suffrage had just been passed as the Nineteenth Amendment) mirrored against a plane of anxiety about the future (she painted View of Hoboken in the years between the World Wars).

Before coming to NYU’s MFA program in studio art, her great-granddaughter, Lily Stockman, apprenticed in Buddhist thangka painting in Mongolia and Mughal miniature painting in India. These experiences provide the scaffolding for her own ideas about the physical process of painting, our relationship to influence, and our debt to –and freedom from– art history.

The taxonomic name for purple passion vine, Gynura aurantiaca, comes from the Greek gyne, female, and oura, tail. The more intense its exposure to sunlight, the more vibrant its purple hairs; given the right conditions the gynura will intensify in color over time.

ULTRAVIOLET 1913-2013 is timed to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show and the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This marks Helen Stockman's first New York show since she exhibited at Babcock Gallery in 1926.

80WSE Gallery
February 26 – March 5, 2013 
80 Washington Square East  New York, New York 10003

19 comments:

  1. I can't believe I am barely going to miss this! I arrive tomorrow night! : ((((
    Looks beautiful, sweet Lil. xo

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    1. GAHHH! Just about to email you. We don't actually deinstall until Wed late afternoon. YOU MIGHT JUST SWING IT, woman. Plus it's right around the corner from the best coffee on the Isle of Manhattan. La Colombe. ART + TREATZ. Best day ever. I'll email/text ewe. xo

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  2. What a legacy. Loved reading your tribute to your grandmother -- and the simplicity of the installation. so good.

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    1. Aw, thanks Sara. And she's my GREAT-granny- she died when I was a tyke but I grew up hearing about her wild days in New York. Pretty fun to stage this Stockman takeover of the East Village and show off her marvelously weird, beautiful painting all these years later. xo

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  3. ah i have like 5 million meetings tomorrow, so i'd like to slip away for a gallery visit in the afternoon, but not sure if i'll be able to. and what a cool idea to also show your great grandmother's work!

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  4. SO amazing, love your GG's work - and yours too, of course! And I love how the purple vine perfectly complements both pieces. Now you've really inspired me to think about putting my and my grandmother's photography together. :)

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  5. Another show of yours I am going to miss, but I so hope one day to make it. Wonderful legacy! Congratulations;-)

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  6. What a RAD great grandmother. Wish I could have seen this! Thanks for the peek. Plants, family, THAT VIOLET!, feminism, history... wowza.

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  7. This was the perfect start to my Tuesday morning. Beautiful show and tribute, much admiration from Seattle!

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  8. So glad that you included the essay! Wish I could have seen it in person, but congrats to you and great-granny!

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  9. This is so special and cool - What an inspiration that Helen Park Stockman was and still is!

    xo
    cortnie

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  10. Thanks for all the thoughtful comments, friends! Great-granny is toasting you all with a glass of Scotch from the great big painting studio in the sky!

    xoxo

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  11. aah! this is so incredibly cool!! (and omg can we talk about those colours? and the NAME of the show?! perfection.)

    <333

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  12. So sorry I missed seeing this in person, but so glad to know of it. What an awesome tribute: to your great gran, to women, to purple passion vines everywhere! Congratulations, Lily!

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  13. wow that is so very cool. what an amazing person to have tales of in your family.

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  14. What a beautiful and inspiring concept. Congrats you talented lady!

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  15. Purple is so compelling, for all those Byzantine reasons.

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  16. What a wonderful way to honor your grandmother and to make that connection with her through time. Congrats on your show!

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