Characterized by high drama, tension, and exuberance, the style we know as ‘Baroque’ originated early in the 17th century and remained the dominant mode of expression throughout the Western world for more than 100 years. It offered a vehicle of expression for art, architecture and music that had a visual appeal easily grasped by all. It was an Over-The-Top style that allowed for the grand gesture and possessed an ability to convey dynamic movement and energy in both formal and narrative terms.
David Richard Gallery is delighted to present “New Baroque – The Imperfect Pearl”, an exhibition of contemporary paintings, ceramic sculptures and gilded found objects that suggest an influence of the Baroque period with lush materials and flamboyant style. The presentation will feature artworks by Monte Coleman, Chris Collins, Laila Farcas-Ionescu, Angela Fraleigh, Erik Gellert, Catherine Howe, Ted Pim and Vadim Stepanov from March 11 – April 23, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, March 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The gallery’s new location is at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, phone 505-983-9555 in the midtown neighborhood art and design district.
“In many ways it was ‘action painting’ long before the Abstract Expressionists appeared on the scene,” says gallery co-director David Eichholtz. “Artists of the Baroque era sought to capture motion, to freeze frame the action. The artists in “New Baroque” are channeling that spirit and energy.”
The etymology of ‘Baroque’ is said to derive from the Portuguese ‘perola barroco’ – an imperfect pearl. These pearls are prized for the unique beauty in their imperfection. So, too, with art. The Golden Mean is boring. Excess is exciting. As Oscar Wilde wrote: ‘Moderation is a fatal thing. Enough is as bad as a meal. More than enough is as good as a feast.’ Let us then feast.