Carter Burden Gallery (CBG) exclusively features the works of professional NYC artists over 60, fostering a supportive and culturally diverse community of re-emerging artists. Beginning ten years ago with 15 artists in a small alternative space on 7th Ave CBG moved in 2013 to a beautiful 2,000 sq. ft. gallery in Chelsea and has now exhibited over 300 different artists in 223 shows. We celebrate our 10th year of this community's unique ability to share lifetimes participating as vital members of New York's arts culture.
In furtherance of the CBN's goals, and in recognizing the unique cultural wealth possessed by older professional artists, CBG was born. While giving older artists an opportunity to show their work and engage in current contemporary artistic discourse, CBG recognizes that these opportunities are hard-won and often difficult to achieve. Therefore, CBG is committed to empowering re-emerging, professional older artists through the exhibition and cultivation of their work.
In her second exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery, Bette Klegon Halby tackles the dramatic social, economic, and political divide that is becoming more prevalent in our culture in Confrontation: It’s as Clear as Black and White. The contrast of both wall and pedestal pieces in black and white sets a striking tone to the space. Klegon Halby’s dynamic wall work explores the potential inherent in canvas itself; once soft canvas is now made hard, once two dimensional is now made sculptural – a duel between two worlds unfolds. Text and imagery have been transferred onto the sculptures, which have been created using bags as a mold. Pallid in color and ghostly, the once hollow vessels turned seemingly to stone contain acute emotion that is reflected, not only on the surface they stand upon or in the viewer but also by society at large. The artist states, “Not unlike our world today: sharply divided into good and evil; evaluating or viewing things as either all good or all bad; black and white morality; precisely defined and clearly cut. ... Sex and race, faith and ethnicity… the melting pot is boiling over.”
Bette Klegon Halby is a New York based abstract painter/sculptor. She earned a BS in Architecture and Design, and a BA in Education from the University of Michigan, studied at the University of California, Berkeley and California College of Art in Oakland and earned an MFA from Wayne State University. She has taught Art at The University of Michigan, Wayne State University and the Detroit Art Institute. Klegon Halby has exhibited in numerous group shows and solo shows throughout the country. Among them are the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in New York in 2009-2015, the Rubin Museum of Art in New York in 2015, the NY Armory Show in 2013 and 2014, the Alexandria Museum 2012, and the Detroit Art Institute 1962. Her works are included in numerous corporate and private collections. Klegon Halby currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board, University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art and Design.