Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to present a rather special exhibit on view from September 19th to October 27th: New York City: A Glance at Fifty Years.
New York City: A Glance at Fifty Years is a rare opportunity to view a spectrum of artwork that emerged during several highly charged decades of the 20th century and into the 21st. All three artists, William Clutz (1933-present), Edward Avedisian (1936-2007), and Richard Merkin(1938-2009) lived and worked in NYC and most of the paintings in this exhibit were created there. All three artists had a love for figurative painting at a time when the forefront of a very competitive and unforgiving market was abstraction and non-representational art. All teachers of their trade, (42 years at RISD for Merkin, 9 at Parsons for Clutz, and less for Avedisian), these artists were able to express the energy, beauty and fascination of NYC that is felt by anyone who has lived there. All are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Another commonality of the threesome is a love of the Hudson Valley. Avedisian moved here first in the 70's with his partner Judson Baldwin, Clutz arrived in the early 90's with his partner John Sheehy, and Merkin moved to Croton-on-Harmon about the same time, with his wife Heather.