On 9 January 2009 ROBERT KIPNISS: PAINTINGS,
an exhibition of recent paintings by artist Robert Kipniss, will
open at ACME Fine Art, Boston. A reception from six to eight on
Friday evening (the 9th) will mark the opening. Robert Kipniss will
give a gallery talk on 5 Decades of Painting on Saturday, 10 January
at 3 PM. The exhibition will run through 14 March.
There is a quiet beauty about Robert Kipniss’
paintings that makes his work accessible to many viewers; however,
to see his work as merely beautifully rendered landscape and still
life paintings is to overlook much of their content. A reviewer
for Time magazine once eloquently described paintings by Robert
Kipniss as existing in the “twilight zone between recollection
and imagination….” The writer then went on to add that
the work offers “the appearance of reality and the ambiance
of dreams.” Certainly there is a dreamlike quality about Kipniss’
mature work that attracts the viewer’s eye through the immediate
recognition of something vaguely familiar… almost like déjà
vu. The elements of recognition, familiarity, and time - along with
the artist’s thoughtful elimination of superfluous detail
- give the work a timeless quality that is at once compelling and
In fact, Kipniss does paint from memory and from
his imagination. Many of his landscape paintings call upon visual
recollections from his college years in Springfield, Ohio, from
long walks in Central Park in the 1950s & ‘60s, and from
more recent observations in the countryside of northwestern Connecticut
where he currently spends time on weekends. All of his contemporary
work is created north of New York City in a studio high above the
Hudson River in which the windows have been blacked out as if to
eliminate the distractions of the mundane world beyond his canvas.
Artistic license notwithstanding, it seems clear that the nature
of Kipniss’ recollection is more poetic than documentary,
and that his carefully and elegantly composed tonal canvases rely
more on his personal artistry than on precise memory.
The imagery in Kipniss’ paintings –
the small town Main Street, the naked branches of a copse of trees
in winter, or the tea kettle and cup, for example - carries with
it associations that are distinctly different to each viewer: yet,
these associations are meaningful to all of us on both on a conscious,
and - most importantly - on a subconscious level. It is this connection
between artist and viewer that makes Kipniss’ work at once
so thematically universal and so psychologically charged. It is
because the paintings are so rich with meaningful associations that
connect to each our own personal histories, that they live a life
beyond the quiet beauty that is immediately evident.
Although several early works will be included
for the sake of providing context, ACME Fine Art’s first solo
exhibition of paintings by Robert Kipniss will be principally comprised
of work created since 2003. A number of paintings forming ACME Fine
Art’s exhibition were a part of the artist’s 2005 retrospective
exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art and are illustrated
in the monograph that accompanied that exhibition. This occasion
marks the first time that most have been exhibited since then, and
the first time that they have been offered for sale. We are delighted
and honored to represent Robert Kipniss, and we are deeply grateful
to him for making this exhibition possible.
ACME Fine Art’s exhibition ROBERT
KIPNISS: PAINTINGS will be featured here at www.acmefineart.com.
For further information
about this exhibition or other gallery events, please contact the
gallery at 617.585.9551, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
ACME Fine Art and Design is located at
Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery
hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday.