Peter Blum Gallery is pleased to announce a solo presentation of recent paintings by John Zurier in booth F10 of the Galleries Sector of Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. Zurier’s paintings of atmospheric color fields examine qualities of evanescent light as well as solid radiance resulting from the artist’s time in Iceland and the Bay Area of Northern California.
Offering nuanced examples of the medium’s possibilities, Zurier pares down painting to the essentials with a sensory and allusive richness embedded in their asperity. The structural vocabularies and limited palette emphasize the beauty inherent in nature without reference to landscape. This subtle beauty is apparent in the subdued visual incidents of delicate inconsistencies in the executions of lines, marks, hues, and margins while demonstrating a deliberate emphasis on the wholeness of chromatic surface. In North from Here 3, one in a series of three paintings, Zurier evokes the stark austerity and desolation of Iceland; it is inhospitable and hostile, yet a terrifyingly beautiful nature for the artist.
John Zurier (b. Santa Monica, CA, 1956) lives in Berkeley, CA and Esjuberg, Iceland. He received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley (1984). Selected recent museum exhibitions include: UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (2018 and 2014); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017); New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM (2016). He has exhibited at the 30th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2012); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, CA (2010); 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2008); and the Whitney Biennial, NY (2002). In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
Peter Blum has been a gallerist and publisher since beginning his career at Galerie Beyeler in Basel in 1971. Blum began Peter Blum Edition in 1980 and worked with European and American artists including John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, and James Turrell among many others. In 1993, he established Peter Blum Gallery in SoHo exhibiting work in a variety of media by artists including Francesco Clemente, Alex Katz, and Robert Ryman among many others. He has maintained a presence in New York with the current space located also in SoHo where a dynamic exhibition schedule creates a dialogue between leading contemporary and modern art.
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