Sonia Gechtoff

Forces of Nature on the Grand Stage: Paintings from 1988 to 1995

September 10 - October 5, 2019

Opening Reception - Sunday, September 15. 2019 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Sonia Gechtoff Forces of Nature on the Grand Stage: Paintings from 1988 to 1995


David Richard Gallery is pleased to present, Forces of Nature on the Grand Stage: Paintings from 1988 to 1995, a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Sonia Gechtoff (1926 Philadelphia, PA - 2018, New York, NY). At first glance these paintings seem very different from the artist’s earlier works from the 1950s and 60s with their large passages of a single hue, defined shapes and representational elements. However, closer examination and comparative analysis reveals far more formal and aesthetic similarities throughout the artist’s oeuvre and nearly seven-decade career. And, what might seem like significant differences are really just extensions and grander manifestations of the hallmarks of and inspiration for Gechtoff’s paintings and graphite drawings from the 1950s and 60s.

The current exhibition looks critically at a selection of paintings from 1988 to 1995 that are organized roughly into two visual groups. First, those that have a range of any of the following structures: architectural elements that function as framing devices, visual portals to direct the viewer’s attention, an arching structure like the proscenium of a theatre stage or columnar structures. The second group has more of an emphasis on forces of nature including waves, wind and fire as well as spherical structures that reference the sun, moon and celestial bodies. Gechtoff referred to these spheres in the 1960s as “Icons”, inspired by her Russian heritage and interest in religious iconography.

 

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Celestial Red Sonia Gechtoff
Celestial Red
Acrylic on canvas
1994
78 x 78 inches
Framed
 
Guardian of the Green Sonia Gechtoff
Guardian of the Green
Acrylic on canvas
1991-2002
72.5 x 60.5 inches
Framed
 
Hiroshige Revisited Sonia Gechtoff
Hiroshige Revisited
Oil on canvas
1988
58.25 x 40.5 inches
Framed
 
Memory of Cornwall Sonia Gechtoff
Memory of Cornwall
Acrylic on canvas
1990
60.5 x 54.5 inches
Framed
 
Moon Rising Sonia Gechtoff
Moon Rising
Acrylic on canvas
1989
60.25 x 40.25 inches
Framed
 
November Sun Sonia Gechtoff
November Sun
Acrylic on canvas
1989
60.25 x 34.5 inches
Framed
 
Paestum Sonia Gechtoff
Paestum
Acrylic on canvas
1991
60.5 x 54.5 inches
Framed
 
Sonia Gechtoff Riders of the Wave 1992 Acrylic and graphite on canvas 74 x 54 at David Richard Gallery Sonia Gechtoff
Riders of the Wave
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
1992
74.5 x 54.5 inches
Framed
 
Sonia Gechtoff Sentinel 1992 Acrylic and graphite on canvas 74 x 54 at David Richard Gallery Sonia Gechtoff
Sentinel
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
1991
74.5 x 54.5 inches
Framed
 
September Sun Sonia Gechtoff
September Sun
Acrylic on canvas
1995
60 x 60 x 1.5 inches
 
The Barrier II Sonia Gechtoff
The Barrier II
Acrylic on canvas
1994
54.75 x 34.25 inches
Framed
 
Sonia Gechtoff Troika 1992 Acrylic and graphite on canvas 54 x 54 at David Richard Gallery Sonia Gechtoff
Troika
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
1991-92
54.5 x 54.5 inches
Framed
 
Sonia Gechtoff The Chase 1959 Oil on canvas 72 x 72 at David RIchard Gallery Sonia Gechtoff
The Chase
Oil on canvas
1959
72 x 72 inches
 
Sonia Gechtoff The Queen 1958 Oil on canvas 84 x 66.5 at David Richard Gallery Sonia Gechtoff
The Queen
Oil on canvas
1958
84 x 66.5 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Graphite on paper
1958
28.5 x 22.5 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Graphite on paper
1960
28.5 x 22.5 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Graphite on paper
1960
22.5 x 28.5 inches
 
Flag Icon Sonia Gechtoff
Flag Icon
Pastel, graphite and collage
1962-63
18.75 x 14.75 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Lithograph on paper
1963
15 x 18 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Lithograph on paper
1963
15 x 18 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Lithograph on paper
1963
15 x 18 inches
 
Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Lithograph on paper
1963
15 x 18 inches
 
Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Lithograph on paper
1963
15 x 18 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Lithograph on paper
1963
15 x 18 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Lithograph on paper
1963
15 x 18 inches
 
Embers I Sonia Gechtoff
Embers I
Graphite on paper
1965
12 x 9 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Graphite on paper
1965
12 x 9 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Graphite on paper
1965
12 x 9 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Graphite on paper
1965
12 x 9 inches
 
Untitled Sonia Gechtoff
Untitled
Graphite on paper
1965
12 x 9 inches