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COUPLINGS

Couplings

Forum Gallery announces Couplings, an exhibition about symbiotic relationships and connections between pairs of people, objects, and ideas. The exhibition, comprised of paintings, works on paper and sculpture, presents two exemplary works by each of eleven artists. Couplings is on view from Friday, June 24 through Saturday, September 17, 2022.

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William Beckman is renowned for his depictions of man and woman standing side-by-side, but never touching, drawn from the Artist’s self-portrait and the image of his partner, both dressed in overcoats, a symbol of survival for the Artist. Continuing with his subject, Couplings presents a new oil painting and the related charcoal drawing, fresh from the studio, each monumental in scale and presence. 

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In his lifetime, the artist Gregory Gillespie shared an artistic and personal friendship with William Beckman. Synergistic of Beckman’s subject, the exhibition presents a pair of paintings by Gillespie, a self-portrait and portrait of the Artist’s wife, connected in their human-scale and stylistic approach, yet rendered independent in art.

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Dramatic oil paintings of brides enveloped in sheer veils of billowing fabric by Steven Assael and charcoal drawings of heroic scale by Clio Newton depicting figures in Renaissance-style bucolic landscapes explore the psychology of the female experience, while artists Chaim Gross, Paul Fenniak, and Raphael Soyer consider human interdependence in two-figure compositions rendered in oil and bronze in the Artists’ distinctive styles.

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Chilean-born Claudio Bravo and Guillermo Muñoz Vera create transcendent realist oil paintings combining the duality of present and past, suggestive of rich stories to be told. A figurative painting by Bravo suggests an intimate relationship between a male figure very much in the present with a female figure of ghostly presence, while a second magnificent oil painting by the twentieth-century realist master honors the tradition and fragility of the North African shepherding and agrarian cultures with a sumptuous composition of a pair of animal skins. Simultaneously thought-provoking and visually arresting, paintings by Muñoz Vera examine the dichotomies of globalism and of contemporary consumer culture.

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Michael C. Thorpe, fresh to the gallery, has won fast notoriety for his quilts that tell stories of the Artist’s experience as a bi-racial man in America. Text collages created this year by Thorpe harness the power of the written word to represent an absent figure and provoke conversations about race with humor and wit. Language lends meaning too in the art of Alan Magee, whereby the titles given to works of art serve to personify the objects featured in the meticulous paintings for which the Artist is renowned. Presented in Couplings are works featuring pairs of paintbrushes and river stones, composed as intimate partners, codependent in their existence as suggested by the titles Nocturne and The Long Distance Friendships.

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Steven Assael, Fallen Bride, 1992 - 2015 oil on board 52 1/2 x 47 inches

STEVEN ASSAEL
Fallen Bride, 1992 - 2015
oil on board
52 1/2 x 47 inches

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Steven Assael, Apiim, 2015 oil on canvas 72 x 60 inches

STEVEN ASSAEL
Apiim, 2015
oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

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William Beckman, Overcoat 4, 2017-22 oil on canvas 100 x 78 inches

WILLIAM BECKMAN
Overcoat 4, 2017-22
oil on canvas
100 x 78 inches

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William Beckman, Overcoat 4, 2020 charcoal on paper 96 x 72 inches

WILLIAM BECKMAN
Overcoat 4, 2020
charcoal on paper
96 x 72 inches

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CLAUDIO BRAVO, Camel and Lamb Skins, 2004, oil on canvas, 35 x 57 1/8 inches

CLAUDIO BRAVO

Pieles de camello y Cordero/Camel and Lamb Skins, 2004
oil on canvas
35 x 57 1/8 inches
 

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CLAUDIO BRAVO, Nude Male Leaning on Column, 1979, oil on canvas, 38 x 34 1/8 inches

CLAUDIO BRAVO

Nude Male Leaning on Column, 1979
oil on canvas
38 x 34 1/8 inches
 

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Paul Fenniak, Injured Woman, 2014 oil on masonite 48 x 36 inches

PAUL FENNIAK
Injured Woman, 2014
oil on masonite
48 x 36 inches

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Paul Fenniak, Rose Window 1, 2018 oil on wood 16 x 24 inches

PAUL FENNIAK
Rose Window 1, 2018
oil on wood
16 x 24 inches

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Gregory Gillespie Self-Portrait with Blue Visor, 1979 oil on paper mounted on masonite 31 3/8 x 25 5/8 inches

GREGORY GILLESPIE
Self-Portrait with Blue Visor, 1979
oil on paper mounted on masonite
31 3/8 x 25 5/8 inches

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GREGORY GILLESPIE Head of Peg, 1979-80 oil on graphite on paper mounted to panel 24 x 19 1/8 inches

GREGORY GILLESPIE
Head of Peg, 1979-80
oil on graphite on paper mounted to panel
24 x 19 1/8 inches

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CHAIM GROSS Balancing Baby, 1968 bronze 44 x 34 x 26 inches Edition of 6

CHAIM GROSS
Balancing Baby, 1968
bronze
44 x 34 x 26 inches
Edition of 6

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CHAIM GROSS Acrobats Through the Ring, 1964 bronze 36 x 14 x 11 1/2 inches Edition of 6

CHAIM GROSS
Acrobats Through the Ring, 1964
bronze
36 x 14 x 11 1/2 inches
Edition of 6

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Alan Magee, The Long Distance Friendships, 2016 acrylic on panel 10 x 8 inches

ALAN MAGEE
The Long Distance Friendships, 2016
acrylic on panel
10 x 8 inches

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Alan Magee, Nocturne, 2010 acrylic and oil on panel 14 x 11 inches

ALAN MAGEE
Nocturne, 2010
acrylic and oil on panel
14 x 11 inches

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Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Sunny Day at Edfu Temple, 2013 oil on canvas mounted on panel 39 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches

GUILLERMO MUNOZ VERA
Sunny Day at Edfu Temple, 2013
oil on canvas mounted on panel
39 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches

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Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Zara, 2017 oil on canvas mounted on panel 72 x 62 3/4 inches

GUILLERMO MUNOZ VERA
Zara, 2017
oil on canvas mounted on panel
72 x 62 3/4 inches

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Michel, 2019, compressed charcoal on paper, 88 1/2 x 58 inches

CLIO NEWTON

Michel, 2019
compressed charcoal on paper
88 1/2 x 58 inches

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Harper, 2019, compressed charcoal on paper, 88 1/2 x 58 inches

CLIO NEWTON

Harper, 2019
compressed charcoal on paper
88 1/2 x 58 inches

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Raphael Soyer Elizabeth and Marcia, c. 1960 oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches

RAPHAEL SOYER
Elizabeth and Marcia, c. 1960
oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches

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Raphael Soyer Herman and Elia Rose, 1977 oil on canvas 37 x 33 inches

RAPHAEL SOYER
Herman and Elia Rose, 1977
oil on canvas
37 x 33 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Fat White Dude, 2022 cardstock and color pencil 17 x 14 inches

MICHAEL C. THORPE
Fat White Dude, 2022
cardstock and color pencil
17 x 14 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Short Black Guy, 2022 cardstock and color pencil 17 x 14 inches

MICHAEL C. THORPE
Short Black Guy, 2022
cardstock and color pencil
17 x 14 inches

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Steven Assael, Fallen Bride, 1992 - 2015 oil on board 52 1/2 x 47 inches

STEVEN ASSAEL
Fallen Bride, 1992 - 2015
oil on board
52 1/2 x 47 inches

Steven Assael, Apiim, 2015 oil on canvas 72 x 60 inches

STEVEN ASSAEL
Apiim, 2015
oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

William Beckman, Overcoat 4, 2017-22 oil on canvas 100 x 78 inches

WILLIAM BECKMAN
Overcoat 4, 2017-22
oil on canvas
100 x 78 inches

William Beckman, Overcoat 4, 2020 charcoal on paper 96 x 72 inches

WILLIAM BECKMAN
Overcoat 4, 2020
charcoal on paper
96 x 72 inches

CLAUDIO BRAVO, Camel and Lamb Skins, 2004, oil on canvas, 35 x 57 1/8 inches

CLAUDIO BRAVO

Pieles de camello y Cordero/Camel and Lamb Skins, 2004
oil on canvas
35 x 57 1/8 inches
 

CLAUDIO BRAVO, Nude Male Leaning on Column, 1979, oil on canvas, 38 x 34 1/8 inches

CLAUDIO BRAVO

Nude Male Leaning on Column, 1979
oil on canvas
38 x 34 1/8 inches
 

Paul Fenniak, Injured Woman, 2014 oil on masonite 48 x 36 inches

PAUL FENNIAK
Injured Woman, 2014
oil on masonite
48 x 36 inches

Paul Fenniak, Rose Window 1, 2018 oil on wood 16 x 24 inches

PAUL FENNIAK
Rose Window 1, 2018
oil on wood
16 x 24 inches

Gregory Gillespie Self-Portrait with Blue Visor, 1979 oil on paper mounted on masonite 31 3/8 x 25 5/8 inches

GREGORY GILLESPIE
Self-Portrait with Blue Visor, 1979
oil on paper mounted on masonite
31 3/8 x 25 5/8 inches

GREGORY GILLESPIE Head of Peg, 1979-80 oil on graphite on paper mounted to panel 24 x 19 1/8 inches

GREGORY GILLESPIE
Head of Peg, 1979-80
oil on graphite on paper mounted to panel
24 x 19 1/8 inches

CHAIM GROSS Balancing Baby, 1968 bronze 44 x 34 x 26 inches Edition of 6

CHAIM GROSS
Balancing Baby, 1968
bronze
44 x 34 x 26 inches
Edition of 6

CHAIM GROSS Acrobats Through the Ring, 1964 bronze 36 x 14 x 11 1/2 inches Edition of 6

CHAIM GROSS
Acrobats Through the Ring, 1964
bronze
36 x 14 x 11 1/2 inches
Edition of 6

Alan Magee, The Long Distance Friendships, 2016 acrylic on panel 10 x 8 inches

ALAN MAGEE
The Long Distance Friendships, 2016
acrylic on panel
10 x 8 inches

Alan Magee, Nocturne, 2010 acrylic and oil on panel 14 x 11 inches

ALAN MAGEE
Nocturne, 2010
acrylic and oil on panel
14 x 11 inches

Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Sunny Day at Edfu Temple, 2013 oil on canvas mounted on panel 39 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches

GUILLERMO MUNOZ VERA
Sunny Day at Edfu Temple, 2013
oil on canvas mounted on panel
39 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches

Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Zara, 2017 oil on canvas mounted on panel 72 x 62 3/4 inches

GUILLERMO MUNOZ VERA
Zara, 2017
oil on canvas mounted on panel
72 x 62 3/4 inches

Michel, 2019, compressed charcoal on paper, 88 1/2 x 58 inches

CLIO NEWTON

Michel, 2019
compressed charcoal on paper
88 1/2 x 58 inches

Harper, 2019, compressed charcoal on paper, 88 1/2 x 58 inches

CLIO NEWTON

Harper, 2019
compressed charcoal on paper
88 1/2 x 58 inches

Raphael Soyer Elizabeth and Marcia, c. 1960 oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches

RAPHAEL SOYER
Elizabeth and Marcia, c. 1960
oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches

Raphael Soyer Herman and Elia Rose, 1977 oil on canvas 37 x 33 inches

RAPHAEL SOYER
Herman and Elia Rose, 1977
oil on canvas
37 x 33 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Fat White Dude, 2022 cardstock and color pencil 17 x 14 inches

MICHAEL C. THORPE
Fat White Dude, 2022
cardstock and color pencil
17 x 14 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Short Black Guy, 2022 cardstock and color pencil 17 x 14 inches

MICHAEL C. THORPE
Short Black Guy, 2022
cardstock and color pencil
17 x 14 inches

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Guillermo Munoz Vera CV
Clio Newton CV
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