Berenice D'Vorzon (American, 1932-2014), "Yellow Fall", 1980-1981, large sale painting oil on canvas, signed "Berenice D'Vorzon" and dated verso, gallery label verso, 60"h x 68"w (canvas), 60.25"h x 68.25"w (frame)

Provenance: Marian Locks Gallery,
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Berenice D'vorzon
Large Abstract Expressionist New York Modernist Woman Artist Bold Oil Painting

1981

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Berenice D'Vorzon (American, 1932-2014), "Yellow Fall", 1980-1981, large sale painting oil on canvas, signed "Berenice D'Vorzon" and dated verso, gallery label verso, 60"h x 68"w (canvas), 60.25"h x 68.25"w (frame) Provenance: Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA This is from her celebrated Drip Series, Titled, "Small Dark Center" Signed and dated verso 1980-1981. Berenice Dvorzon was an extraordinary artist who began as an active young painter during the heydey of the abstract expressionists. Her art was heavily influenced by her love of water and her travels to Europe, China, Israel, Bali, and the deep South. Her commitment to feminism, Judaism, and environmental issues was reflected in much of her work. She exhibited throughout the United States in many galleries and museums, is included in private collections, and received numerous awards. Bright colorful painting from the 1980's Memphis Milano era. Bernice taught at Wilkes University from 1968 to 1988, where she served as an associate professor of studio art. “Most of my work deals with water images and the experience of being in nature," says Berenice D’Vorzon. “As in Asian art, the viewer is both inside and outside the painting at the same time. Environmental concerns are also part of the work, which is especially pertinent in these days of ecological crisis. Southern swamps, Long Island wetlands, Northern ice, the River Li in China, coral reefs and jungles in Caribbean ... are some of my investigations.” The New York born artist has had over 30 solo shows. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in this country and abroad. Some of the museums that have shown her work include the Whitney in New York, the Heckscher in Huntington, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections including Guild Hall Museum, the Aldrich Museum and the Library of Congress. This work is reminiscent of the wok of another major feminist artist. Pat Steir. Berenice D’Vorzon attended the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan, the Art Students League and Queens College (CUNY), receiving a BFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA from Columbia University. She has taught at universities around the country, as well as being a visiting artist at institutions and art schools. She is often on panels and gives lectures on both art and the environment. "Although we artists like to think of ourselves as completely original, there are usually influences and references to the past in art and ideas. In my own work, I find many influences, and writers, such as Eva Gatling, Joe Vojtko, Helen Harrison, Phyllis Braff, Robert Long, Ronald Pisano, Cassandra Langer, among others, have noted various relationships to past movements and artists in my work. I grew up in New York City during the Abstract Expressionist heyday, and although I was never a real abstract expressionist (Joe Vojtko has written of my taking what I needed from Abstract Expressionism and moving it to a “new” level), I was influenced by the use of paint and the depth of emotion in artists like Willem De Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Gorky, and Kandinsky , to name a few. Other early 20th century artists like Arthur Dove and Charles Burchfield also helped form my particular form of abstraction, which is a search for the core of the experience. Among contemporary artists, Wayne Thiebaud and Mary Frank hold my attention in curious ways. Although Miro, Braque, Vuillard, DeChirico, Paul Klee Picasso, Matisse, Munch, Turner and Rousseau have touched me at times in my development, and I still appreciate them, it was the 19th Century American Transcendentalist “landscape” painters who I seemed to understand, and who informed my mature work the most.. Church, Cole, Homer, and Ryder are the artists that come to mind most easily. It was also the exchanges during my early career with artists in the New York Art world, and the writers and musicians who were so important to me and with whom I strengthened my own vision, such as George Reavey, many of the Beat poets, musicians like David Amram. In fact there seemed to be a smooth intermingling of poetry, music, and visual art. As the only woman (until Yayoi Kusama joined us) and the youngest of the members of the Brata Gallery, one of the artist cooperative galleries on 10th Street. At the gallery, I go to know other members like Al Held, Ronnie Bladen. In my teens, the venerable Artists Club introduced me to all the abstract expressionists and discussions of painting and ideas. I particularly remember the fascination with Zen and art that we experienced. And the parties were wonderful. I would dance the night away. I remember some dancing parties at Perle Fine’s loft next door to me on 3rd Avenue as well as her house and studio across the road from where Jorge Goya, my first husband, and I built our little cottage on Old Stone Highway. That was another great experience for me! The art scene in the Hamptons in the 60’s and 70’s was a wonderful open one, where young artists like myself were included as part of it. W e had endless parties at the beach and at each other’s homes. The artists group was smaller than today, and so we all really knew each other. Ibram Lassaw was always in charge of the fires on the beach. Kiesler would arrive with his black cape flying behind him. We were all involved in our own work, and played hard. There are too many names to mention here, unfortunately. These were my young days. As I matured, it was people like Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, the environmentalist, who I worked with and learned a great deal from. She strengthened my involvement with primal nature, which influence remains to this day. Every experience makes additions. Recently a stay in Bali with the Balinese has intensified my concepts of nature and informed my new paintings". In REVIEW Magazine, art critic Joe Vojtko wrote, “Although she goes at her work with all the laborious method of a trained scientist out in the field collecting data, sometimes I see D’Vorzon as a brewer of spells -- a conjure woman -- a swamp witch.” He goes on to describe her creative process as the translation into painted imagery of all that she has “absorbed, sensually, emotionally, cerebrally. with all the permutations, distortions and bizarre associations that sculpt the ghost and scar the empirical flesh of experience remembered.”

Details

  • Artist
    Berenice D'vorzon (United States)
  • Creation Year
    1981
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    good, minor wear. original strip frame has wear
  • Dimensions
    H 60 in. x W 68 in.H 152.4 cm x W 172.72 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU3825197741
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