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Simon Lee Gallery

Roy Newell

  • Roy Newell
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Press for Roy Newell

Current Exhibitions at Simon Lee Gallery


Group Show

  • Mira Dancy,
  • France-Lise McGurn,
  • Clare Woods,
  • Opens: Mar. 04, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

João Penalva

  • João Penalva,
  • Opens: Jan. 15, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 29, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Since Last We Met

  • Anna Betbeze,
  • Elaine Cameron-Weir,
  • Verena Dengler,
  • ektor garcia,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Eric N. Mack,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • Michael E. Smith,
  • Opens: Nov. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Marnie Weber & Justin John Greene

  • Marnie Weber,
  • Justin John Greene,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

StudioPhotography:1887–2019

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

“…then nothing turned itself inside-out and became something”

  • AngelaBulloch,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception: May. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible Force

  • Keiji Uematsu,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Password Revolt

  • Clare Woods,
  • Opens: Jan. 16, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 16, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fake As More

  • Darren Bader,
  • Ull Hohn,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Richard Pettibone,
  • Carissa Rodriguez,
  • Sturtevant,
  • Daan Van Golden,
  • Christopher Wool,
  • Opens: Nov. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Tissue of Memory

  • Kelly Akashi,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Agnes Martin,
  • Win McCarthy,
  • Monique Mouton,
  • Josephine Pryde,
  • Gary Simmons,
  • Cy Twombly,
  • Heimo Zobernig,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Roy Newell

  • Roy Newell
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Towards Infinity: 1965-1980

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chris Huen Sin Kan

  • Chris Huen Sin Kan,
  • Opens: Mar. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Pleasure, 2017

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jun 27 - Aug 17, 2018


Where

Simon Lee Gallery

  • 26 East 64th Street, New York NY 10065 Map
  • 646.678.5654

About

Simon Lee Gallery New York is proud to present a concise exhibition by American abstract painter Roy Newell (1914-2006), showcasing paintings spanning over half a century of the artist’s career, including works that come directly from the artist’s Estate and that have not previously been shown in New York. Characterized by their multi-layered surfaces, irregular geometrical patterns, obsessive reworking and luminous tonality, the works on display reveal an expressive power that aligns Newell with the Abstract Expressionist movement, of which he was an original member.

In the 1940s – before the emergence of Abstract Expressionism – the art reference room of the New York Public Library was a popular meeting point for burgeoning artists. It was here that Newell met his friend and life-long champion of his work, Willem de Kooning, and began his career on the same successful path as that of his contemporaries and fellow members of the soon-to-be New York school. While large-scale gestural painting was pioneered by most, Newell began moving in an entirely different direction. His paintings became smaller and more hermetic, with Newell himself becoming increasingly withdrawn from the art-world mainstream. He was fascinated by colour and texture, and his expressive brushstrokes, which emulate post-Impressionist artists such as Vuillard, Bonnard, and Cézanne, are juxtaposed with the rigidity of the grid that echoes the hard-edged abstraction of Malevich, Mondrian and Albers.

Producing less than 100 of these reworked paintings, Newell’s process was prolonged and often excessive, sometimes working on the same painting for as long as five decades in pursuit of perfection. Intimate in scale, the resulting paintings are immense compressions of both time and emotion: each work unveiling in its color, texture and composition an excerpt from the life of the artist. Other works however, such as two Untitled paintings from the 1960s, display a more economical application of paint with less layering and reworking, to reveal how through early experiments in colour and geometric composition, the artist established a framework for his later work.

Newell worked primarily in oil on panel or canvas, and due to continual reworking many of his paintings are up to an inch thick, bestowing a sculptural quality on the works. The pictorial space of the work is expanded further by painting over and around the narrow frames, contributing to the object-like feel of the paintings. Above all, the works on view reveal a remarkable consistency of vision, surveying the expressive depth of his oeuvre and the private mythology of this complicated artist.


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