×
Hollis Taggart Galleries

George Vranesh

  • George Vranesh
  • 3f4d8f59 0368 45c6 e107 d9df76cade99
    George Vranesh, The Couch, c. 1950s

Press for George Vranesh

Current Exhibitions at Hollis Taggart Galleries


Perceived Realities

  • Margaux Ogden,
  • Matt Mignanelli,
  • Alexandros Vasmoulakis,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2020
  • Closes: Jul. 25, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bill Scott: A Prolonged Moment

  • Bill Scott,
  • Opens: Jun. 15, 2020
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Taggart Times 7

  • William Buchina,
  • Leah Guadagnoli,
  • André Hemer,
  • Kenichi Hoshine,
  • John Knuth,
  • Dana James,
  • Knox Martin,
  • Opens: May. 29, 2020
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michael West: We Come Alive and Dream


  • Michael West,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2020
  • Closes: May. 23, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

History Reclaimed: Suchitra Mattai and Adrienne Elise Tarver

  • Suchitra Mattai and Adrienne Elise Tarver,
  • Opens: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Norman Bluhm: Space Time Continuum, 1950s to 1990s

  • Norman Bluhm,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Of Folly, Fortune, Glory, Ruin: William Buchina and Christina Nicodema

  • William Buchina,
  • Christina Nicodema,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kenichi Hoshine: The Magician and the Thief

  • Kenichi Hoshine,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Jan. 15, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Space Poetry : The Action Paintings of Michael West

  • Michael West,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 04, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thresholds of Perceptibility: The Color Field Paintings of Leon Berkowitz

  • Leon Berkowitz,
  • Opens: Oct. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 2 - 4pm
  • Admission: free

Alex Kanevsky: Liberation and Disorientation

  • Alex Kanevsky,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Sep. 28, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sven Lukin: Objects in Space

  • Sven Lukin,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HOLLIS HEICHEMER: HAPPENSTANCE

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

Harry Bertschmann: The 1950s

  • Harry Bertschmann,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Norman Bluhm: The '70s

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

Highlights: Chelsea

  • Various Artists,
  • Opens: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Andrew Balkin: Spatial Constructs

  • Andrew Balkin,
  • Opens: Jun. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 07, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gallery Selections

  • Various Artists,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Clive Head: Zoetic-Realism, New Paintings, Drawings and Prints

  • Clive Head,
  • Opens: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Between Tachisme and Abstract Expressionism: Bluhm, Francis, Jenkins

  • Norman Bluhm,
  • Paul Jenkins,
  • Sam Francis,
  • Opens: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York Nocturnes

  • Alan Wolfson,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Poet in Space

  • Alexis Portilla,
  • Opens: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculpting Motion

  • Martin Willing,
  • Opens: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Irene Monat Stern

  • Irene Monat Stern,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 06, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

George Vranesh

  • George Vranesh
  • Opens: Dec. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Imagining the Actual

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

Some Paintings In No Particular Style

  • Alex Kanevsky,
  • Opens: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Highlight: Summer One

  • William Buchina,
  • Elizabeth Cooper,
  • Ted Gahl,
  • John Knuth,
  • Matt Mignanelli,
  • Eric Shaw,
  • Devin Troy Strother,
  • Opens: Jul. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Sep. 02, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White

  • Pablo Atchugarry,
  • Will Barnet,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Ralston Crawford,
  • Allan D'Arcangelo,
  • Audrey Flack,
  • Frederick Carl Frieseke,
  • Daniel Garber,
  • John D. Graham,
  • Alex Kanevsky,
  • Mark Leithauser,
  • Conrad Marca-Relli,
  • Louise Nevelson,
  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Mark Tobey,
  • Julius Tobias,
  • Jack Tworkov,
  • Andy Warhol,
  • Michael (Corinne) West,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2017
  • Reception: May. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Master Drawings from Crivelli to Pollock

  • Audrey Flack,
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Color Harmonies: New Paintings by Chloë Lamb

  • Chloë Lamb,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

George Vranesh: Kaleidoscopic Modernism

  • George Vranesh
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Dec 20 - Jan 14, 2017


Where

Hollis Taggart Galleries

  • 521 West 26th Street, Floor 1, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.628.4000

About

A superb colorist and ever-evolving modernist, George Vranesh pushed boundaries and pursued eclectic sources and subjects throughout his career. Born in Minnesota in 1926, Vranesh served with the U.S. Navy as a young man before enrolling at the Art Students League in New York in the mid-fifties. The relaxed structure of the program allowed for supportive exchanges of ideas between students as well as an exposure to the latest principals of modernism. The artist’s study under Will Barnet at the League was central to the development of his flattened forms and boldly colored abstractions.

Barnet as a teacher, encouraged the studying of the history of art as well as formal experimentation. Vranesh combines the purist theories of Amédée Ozenfant with the "push-pull" color theories of Hans Hofmann in vibrant abstract compositions that expertly balance geometry and color. These two theoretical systems are in some respects complementary. Ozenfant’s theories, with their emphasis on a rational ordering and analyzing of objects, provide a means of abstracting and arranging shapes. Hofmann's theories, in turn, suggest a method for understanding and organizing colors, while still allowing for their expressive and poetic potentials. Vranesh's bright, primary color compositions display the artist’s ability to transform a deep comprehension of these theories into a distinct and personal style.

Vranesh's studies in anthropology—he completed an MA degree at the University of Iowa before coming to New York—directed his interest in the art of different cultures. In his use of interlocking organic forms, which erode the distinction between positive and negative space, his paintings exhibit certain affinities with the work of the Indian Space Painters, a group that coalesced in the 1940s around an interest in Native American art and culture. However, Vranesh's titles do not overtly suggest an engagement with Native American art or mythology. Instead, his titles of the fifties evoke the familiar subjects of modern life. A prime example of his work from this period is The Couch, whose perfectly balanced composition maintains a careful spatial relationship between formal elements.

The artist traveled to Alaska every summer from 1959 to 1965, and it was there that he created drawings and sketches that served as the subjects for his Alaskan Horizons series of paintings. These works abstracted the stunning Alaskan landscape into bold color forms in red, blue, white, and black – the colors of native Alaskan art. These examples are titled for remote Alaskan locations, such as Terror Bay, or are evocative of a relationship with nature and place, such as Alaska True Blue. He also developed his talents as a printmaker and a teacher later in his career. Vranesh first exhibited with the group 10/4 in New York and later showed his work in Anchorage, Alaska and Newport, Rhode Island.


Top