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Miles McEnery Gallery

John Sonsini

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Current Exhibitions at Miles McEnery Gallery


David Allan Peters

  • David Allan Peters,
  • Opens: May. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2019
  • Reception: May. 30, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Suzanne Caporael

  • Suzanne Caporael,
  • Opens: May. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2019
  • Reception: May. 30, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

John Sonsini

  • John Sonsini
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tomory Dodge

  • Tomory Dodge,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jason Middlebrook

  • Jason Middlebrook,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wolf Kahn

  • Wolf Kahn,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Markus Linnenbrink

  • Markus Linnenbrink,
  • Opens: Feb. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hans Hofmann

  • Hans Hofmann,
  • Opens: Jan. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emily Mason

  • Emily Mason,
  • Opens: Jan. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 03, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Monique van Genderen,
  • Opens: Nov. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Beverly Fishman

  • Beverly Fishman,
  • Opens: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Paintings

  • Annie Lapin,
  • Opens: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

James Hayward

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

Michael Reafsnyder & Patrick Wilson

  • Michael Reafsnyder,
  • Patrick Wilson,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Julio Larraz

  • Julio Larraz,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bo Bartlett

  • Bo Bartlett,
  • Opens: May. 31, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2018
  • Reception: May. 31, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inka Essenhigh

  • Inka Essenhigh,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: May. 25, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Liat Yossifor

  • Liat Yossifor,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wolf Kahn

  • Wolf Kahn,
  • Opens: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michael Reafsnyder

  • Michael Reafsnyder,
  • Opens: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Speak, America

  • Guy Yanai,
  • Opens: Jul. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Franklin Evans,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Patrick Wilson

  • Patrick Wilson,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Keep Them Still

  • Isca Greenfield-Sanders,
  • Opens: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Apr 18 - May 24, 2019


Where

Miles McEnery Gallery

  • 520 West 21st Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.445.0051

About

Miles McEnery Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by John Sonsini, on view 18 April through 24 May at 520 West 21st Street. A public reception will be held for the artist on Thursday 18 April from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring an essay by Marie Heilich.

Invigorated by expressive brush strokes and larger than life scale, John Sonsini’s paintings of “Los Angelenos”—Los Angeles Latinos—present a visceral take on portraiture. Widely known for his portraits of “Day Workers,” the paintings in this current exhibition depict various sitters from the artist’s Pico Union/Koreatown neighborhood near to downtown Los Angeles.

Sonsini is less interested in an observational realism and more engaged with capturing a sensation of the sitter’s presence through his unique handling of oil paint. In the artist’s own words “I paint men who I think are remarkable people, and I try to make the paint behave in a way that will convey that.”

In Sonsini’s works, the sitters—usually single figures or small groups— are painted in the artist’s Los Angeles studio in daily sessions until each painting is complete. Illuminated by solid, colored backgrounds, the subject of the portrait is often accompanied by objects from daily life such as caps, suitcases, wallets, or soccer balls. The inclusion of these items in Sonsini’s portraits are there to suggest, rather than to explicitly reveal, a sitter’s narrative.

A similar form of inquiry is posed by Sonsini’s still life works. In the absence of living figures, his evocatively painted objects—often items left behind by sitters—possess the curious ability to evoke their own narratives and create an intensely intriguing sense of presence through absence.


While his paintings, like all portraiture, can be viewed through a socially and politically oriented prism, Sonsini is most concerned with putting the psychological and emotional dynamic between himself and his sitters at the forefront. As Marie Heilich writes, “Because Sonsini has had so many lived experiences with the sources of his imagery that a viewer seeing his work for the first time is not privy to, social contexts are ripe for invention or distortion. Nonetheless, Sonsini decidedly accepts every reaction to his work to allow viewers to uninterruptedly have the intellectual and emotional space to formulate their own point of view.”


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