From July 18th through August 16th, BCB ART will be exhibiting Big Collars, a solo show of new work by painter Barbara Friedman.
“These Big Collar paintings are inspired by the Dutch Ruff collars in Old Master portraits, but the free play of scale and color in the paintings take the collars out of those portraits into contemporary discussions of bodies and genders,” Friedman says. “Last summer I started taking the collars off those old necks. I spent some time near Hudson, and I made a number of paintings in which the collar (sometime with a head on it, sometimes not) flew over the horse farm across the street. I thought about New York’s old identity as New Amsterdam, which made it reasonable for Amsterdam’s old collars to float over the territory, something like metonyms for the European intrusion in North America.”
A reception for the artist will be held at the gallery on Saturday, July 18th , from 6 to 8 pm.
Also on view at the gallery will be a group exhibition of gallery artists, including work by Marcy Rosenblat, Richard Butler, Bill Seaman, Ed Smith, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and others. At BCB ART, 116 Warren Street.