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Skylar Fein
Carved Wood Neo Pop Art Painting Sculpture New Orleans Wall Hanging Skylar Fein

2009

$2,500

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Skylar Fein, (American, 1968-), carved wood painted sculpture "Telephone Man", black paint on weathered wood, Cartoon figure drawing of phone man. bears artist signature token verso. From the show "Youth Manifesto" at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2009-2010 Skyler Fein was born in Greenwich Village, New York City and raised in the Bronx. His art combines text and paint to create powerful imagery in mixed media, on paper, aluminum, and wood. A hybrid of sculpture and painting. Art objects with a Dada sensibility. He has had many careers including teaching nonviolent resistance under the umbrella of the Quakers, working for a gay film festival in Seattle, stringing for The New York Times and as pre-med student at University of New Orleans where he moved one week before Hurricane Katrina hit. In the wreckage of New Orleans, Fein found his new calling as an artist, experimenting with color and composition of the detritus of Katrina. His work soon became known for its pop sensibility as well as its hard-nosed politics. In late 2009, Fein had his first solo museum show, "Youth Manifesto," at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA) and C24 Gallery (New York, NY) and art fairs Miami Project during Art Basel Miami Beach, Texas Contemporary and artMRKT San Francisco. Fein was the recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and his work is in several prominent collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Louisiana State Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, curators Dan Cameron and Bill Arning, and collectors Beth Rudin DeWoody, Lance Armstrong, Lawrence Benenson, Brooke Garber-Neidich, Stephanie Ingrassia and Thomas Coleman. Skylar Fein brings together his Pop Art sensibility and political conscience in two- and three-dimensional works that incorporate found materials such as comic book imagery and items gathered off the streets of New Orleans; he often pays tribute to forms of nonviolent resistance, including punk music and graffiti. Fein began his career at the age of 37 after moving to New Orleans just six weeks before Hurricane Katrina engulfed the city, and he first gained recognition with Remember the Upstairs Lounge (2008), a multimedia installation piece that recreated a New Orleans gay bar burned down in 1973 in a fire, killing 32 patrons and injuring dozens more. The piece was praised in Artforum, Art In America, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, among others. Fein has also recreated some of the Irish writer Samuel Beckett’s spy-craft-coded telegrams, which he sent and received when he was living in Paris as the Nazis were apprehending his Jewish friends. His work calls to mind Tom Sachs and Peter Tunney.

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