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Morgan Lehman Gallery

The Twenty by Sixteen Biennial

  • Curated by Geoff Young
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    Andrew Schwartz, Doubler, 2017
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    Cordy Ryman, 23 Horizons, 2017
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    Laura Ball, Fire Island #1, 2017
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    Leigh Ruple, Healthful, 2017
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    Philip Knoll, The Optimist, 2017
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    Sue Muskat, R2D2 1, 2017
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    Matt Kleberg, 21 Week Waylon, 2017
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    Cary Smith, Diagonals (with 7 colors) 1, 2017
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    Osamu Kobayashi, Death Stare, 2017
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Press for The Twenty by Sixteen Biennial

Current Exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery


The Shape of Light

  • Emily Kiacz,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2021
  • Closes: Mar. 06, 2021
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Exteriors

  • Anna Membrino,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2021
  • Closes: Mar. 06, 2021
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gesture for want and tears for all that is dark

  • David Rios Ferreira,
  • Opens: Oct. 01, 2020
  • Closes: Nov. 25, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Everything Will Be Okay

  • Sara Genn,
  • Opens: Oct. 01, 2020
  • Closes: Nov. 25, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stilleven

  • Adriana Farmiga,
  • Rachel Klinghoffer,
  • Karen Lederer,
  • Talia Levitt,
  • Edra Soto,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 08, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Catch and Release

  • Carolanna Parlato,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Roam

  • Elisa Johns,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Woven Walls

  • Paolo Arao,
  • Carly Glovinski,
  • Crystal Gregory,
  • Elana Herzog,
  • Tamara Kostianovsky,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Now

  • Paul Villinski,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: May. 02, 2019
  • Reception: May. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inheritance

  • Andrea Belag,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Twenty by Sixteen Biennial

  • Curated by Geoffrey Young,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

JJ Miyaoka-Pakola and Matthew J. Stone

  • JJ Miyaoka-Pakola,
  • Matthew J. Stone,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Tale of Five Rings

  • Jennifer Odell,
  • Elisa Johns,
  • Opens: Nov. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 29, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Sax in the Attic

  • Jonathan Ryan Storm,
  • Louis Reith,
  • Opens: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Aft Key

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

William Paterson MFA Summer 2018 Exhibition

  • Eleanor Louise Anderson,
  • Christine Brown,
  • Feride Comen,
  • Meghan DeMora,
  • Mark Filipkowski,
  • Angel Fosuhene,
  • Morgan Lawson,
  • Linda Steinhardt Majzner,
  • Vanessa Nilsson,
  • Sarah Schwindt,
  • Opens: Aug. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Aug. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Living/Breathing

  • Samuel Boehm,
  • Brian Edgerton,
  • Daniel Giordano,
  • Jamie Powell,
  • Lina Puerta,
  • Leah Tacha,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Audrey Stone

  • Audrey Stone,
  • Opens: May. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Amy Lincoln: Sun, Moon, Stars

  • Amy Lincoln,
  • Opens: May. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ecstatic Vernacular

  • Matt Kleberg,
  • Erin O'Keefe,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: May. 31, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isness

  • Yevgeniya Baras,
  • Mildred Beltre,
  • Danielle Dimston,
  • Tim Doud,
  • Jackie Feng,
  • Rico Gatson,
  • Howardena Pindell,
  • Didier William,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Leigh Ruple: New Work

  • Leigh Ruple,
  • Opens: Jan. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Paul Wackers Pop-up Show and Book Launch

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How to Build a Fire

  • Carly Glovinski,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Osamu Kobayashi and Erica Prince

  • Osamu Kobayashi,
  • Erica Prince,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kim McCarty: New Work

  • Kim McCarty,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tone Poems

  • Tim Bavington,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kill Your Darlings

  • David S. Allee,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Object Lessons

  • John Salvest,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2014
  • Closes: May. 17, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Conversations, Curated by Sharon Louden

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

1200'

  • Amy Park,
  • Opens: May. 22, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Everything Drawings

  • Emilie Clark,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2014
  • Closes: May. 17, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endlings

  • Laura Ball,
  • Opens: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ruby Palmer

  • Ruby Palmer,
  • Opens: May. 22, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradigm

  • Paul Villinski,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 11, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Visible and the Invisible

  • Katia Santibañez,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Work on Linen

  • Laurie Reid,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Up To You, Down To Me

  • David Rathman,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sun City

  • Rob Carter,
  • Opens: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

An Unevening Raga, Accoutrements for an Aposiopesic Précis, vol. 3

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thank You For Being You

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Basket Looked Like An Ocean, And I Was Just Throwing Rocks In It

  • Aaron Wexler,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rough Cut: Curated by Jennifer Samet and Elizabeth Hazan

  • Alexi Worth,
  • Amy Park,
  • Bryan Osburn,
  • Carrie Moyer,
  • Sangram Majumdar,
  • Trevor Winkfield,
  • Jennifer Sirey,
  • Elizbeth Hazan,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

20 x 16 New York

  • Curated by Geoff Young
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Long Goodbye

  • Kysa Johnson,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

stroturf-rooftop-picnics

  • ruby onyinyechi amanze,
  • Opens: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Night Vision

  • Selena Kimball,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Elements

  • Nancy Lorenz,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meditations on Hunting

  • Emilie Clark,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Kim McCarty,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

DominoDomino

  • Edra Soto,
  • Dan Sullivan,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Accoutrements in Marwa, an Interlude in Sliver

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: May. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Year I Make Contact

  • Brittany Nelson,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RISD MFA

  • Marisa Adesman,
  • Christian Ruiz Berman,
  • Sanié Bokhari,
  • Ada Goldfeld,
  • Molly Kaderka,
  • Arghavan Khosravi,
  • Rebecca Levitan,
  • Saif Mhaisen,
  • Gina Palacios,
  • Ohad Sarfaty,
  • Opens: Aug. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Aug. 03, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dark Tomorrow

  • Jeff Perrott,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Austin Thomas

  • Austin Thomas,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hankerings

  • Matt Kleberg,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Show 2016

  • Leigh Ruple,
  • Sarah Bednarek,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Windows

  • Sharon Louden,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cotter Luppi

  • Cotter Luppi,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brushless

  • Nathan Randall Green,
  • Halsey Hathaway,
  • Wayne Herpich,
  • Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson,
  • Rachel Ostrow,
  • Carolanna Parlato,
  • Andrew Schwartz,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Twenty by Sixteen Biennial

  • Curated by Geoff Young
  • Opens: Apr. 07, 2017
  • Closes: May. 06, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Settlers

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 11, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ed Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip

  • Amy Park,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chasing Firefly

  • David S. Allee,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inside-Out

  • Samantha Bittman,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 11, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Andrew Hostick,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Apr 07 - May 06, 2017

  • Reception: Apr 07, 6 - 8pm

Where

Morgan Lehman Gallery

  • 526 West 26th Street, New York, NY, United States Map

About

Only space prevents this show from being twice as large as it is, so fecund is the visual scene of the moment, so anxious the times.

Though this biennial is limited to 37 artists, each is represented by two works. Biennial, because we did a 20 x 16 show two years ago, and we will do one again, two years hence. Twenty inches tall by sixteen inches wide is the deal: size as constraint becoming a tool to hint at the range of choices in painting today. As limits challenge, limits generate. Artists respond in the language they speak. What kinds of babble, hardscrabble, reticence, rockabilly, poetry and pleasure might be found in a show of this kind?

Turns out that no two artists look the same, nor are likely to be confused with one another. In works graphic, florid, narrative, mathematical, emptied, dense, punk, daft, academic, felicitous, and dutiful we begin to get the answer.

If the dominant movie of the today’s news cycle crashes before sundown most days — the lies and outrages outed with necessary dispatch — let’s hear it for art’s story which endures, giving nuance, feeling, and value to the moment. Not alternate facts: art is an alternate world, a mad charge of loving energy suffusing human achievement.

How various the compositions that share these walls, how unpredictable the shapes, decisions, visual arrays. Color, held under strict supervision by some, is unleashed by others, champing at the bit. Formal eloquence, the sine qua non of several, is abjured by those eager to stir things up. Flat or volumetric, illusionistic or unmoored, these works establish their own languages, deliver their own soliloquies, are witnesses to their own dramas, with or without an audience.

What we bring to a show of this kind depends on hunger and curiosity. A challenge to taste, “Twenty by Sixteen” is an invitation to revel in art’s post-history, a chance to take the measure of a time when anything goes, especially if this “anything” has imagination, integrity and merit on its own terms. As Thelonious Monk said when asked about the meaning of his music: “I lay it down, you pick it up.” These artists have laid it down, now we must do the rest, if we would know the beauty, feel the joy, apprehend the uncertainty, praise the solutions, and yes, reach for the meaning.


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