For Immediate Release
February 2018

Deborah Rosenthal

Falling Uphill: Paintings

January 30 - February 24, 2018

Reception: Thursday, February 1, 5-8 pm

Poetry Reading: Peter Campion will read his poetry at the exhibition on Sunday, February 11 at 3 pm

Falling Uphill: Paintings includes recent works in oil on linen by Rosenthal, and also a group of some twenty-odd gouaches on paper in which the painter presents new themes and techniques. Cross-hatched, composed of arrays of mosaic-like strokes, the gouaches reflect Rosenthal’s recent stay of several months in Rome—classical columns, sometimes juxtaposed with a female figure of Diana of Ephesus. In other gouaches, as well as in the oils, Rosenthal expands on her persistent themes from earlier work—the invented landscape with pensive figures, the compositions of simple shapes composing complex spatial dialogues. Often elongated, vertically or horizontally, the compositions echo mural painting, mosaic, and Asian landscape formats. Ranging from dense to airy in the array of marks, Rosenthal’s compositions are plays on plane and line—line as stroke, line as network, line as sinew or armature, line as simply one color edge to another.

In his essay on the occasion of Rosenthal’s 2016 exhibition, The Seasons, in the Rider University Gallery, the poet Peter Campion wrote, “She is that rare artist whose formal knowledge has fused so thoroughly with her inventiveness that they appear indistinguishable: with a few brushstrokes she can bring the entire history of painting to bear, even while those brushstrokes remain spontaneous.”

And in an essay for Rosenthal’s 2008 Bowery Gallery exhibition, Lovers/Orion, the poet Douglas Crase wrote, “This is an example of how the artist’s mysterious intuition leads to the exact metaphor that will express for the rest of us a reality we can’t afford to misapprehend. To be in the same room with her unexpected lovers and pendant Orions is to be alive in a perceptually expanding universe and sense how, with world enough and time, we might inhabit it.”

Of Rosenthal’s 2015 show at Bowery, Geography, Rebecca Allan wrote on,“Deborah Rosenthal is a painter deeply engaged in dialogues between past and present, between the world within and the domain outside the studio.”

Deborah Rosenthal has shown at Bowery since 1984. Her paintings and prints have also been shown widely in venues including the Painting Center, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Francis Naumann Fine Art, Schroeder-Romero Gallery, Ingber Gallery, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, in New York; the University of Richmond Museums in Virginia; the Huntington Museum in West Virginia; and the New York Studio School, Knox College, Rider University, and other university galleries. Her solo exhibition Eve’s Vocabulary traveled from Hebrew Union College in New York to Yale University and to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art.

Rosenthal’s work has been discussed and reproduced in the pages of many publications, including The New York Times,, The New Yorker, Arts, Art in America, Modern Painters, Art and Antiques, and Yale Review, among others. Her stained glass for Ansche Chesed Synagogue in New York was the subject of a segment on PBS-TV.

The poets Douglas Crase and Peter Campion have both written essays on Rosenthal’s work for her exhibition catalogues.

Rosenthal received a National Endowment for the Arts Critic’s Grant for her writing on art, which has appeared in Arts, Art in America, Artforum, Modern Painters, The New Criterion, Yale Review, and other publications. She is the founding editor of Artists and Art, a book series for Arcade Publishing with eight titles published.

Professor Emerita in the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Rosenthal also curated many shows in the University Gallery there. She has been faculty or guest artist/critic in many institutions, among them Stanford University, the New York Studio School, the Queens College MFA, Chautauqua, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Hartford art school, and Columbia University.

Poetry Reading: The poet Peter Campion is the author of three collections of his poems, Other People, The Lions, and El Dorado. The recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and the Rome Prize, he is the head of the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Minnesota.

View of works in the exhibition here.

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