MICHAEL MARSHALL: Featured in St. Louis American vol. 89 no. 5

Congratulations to Atrium artist Michael Marshall for being included in this week's St. Louis American. Text below.

Last chance to see rare Michael Marshall prints and painting, ‘Abstraction’ at Atrium Gallery closes April 25

By Chris King Of The St. Louis American

This weekend offers the last opportunity to see several new pieces by Michael Marshall, an African-American visual artist from St. Louis, in the exhibition “Abstraction” at Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Ave.

The show includes several Marshall mono prints that never been exhibited and a large painting from his earlier career that has rarely been seen, as well as work by Willem de Looper, Annette Morriss, Fredrick Nelson, Kirk Pedersen and John Schwartzkopf.

“I am pleased they are out on view and wish I was there to see the show,” Marshall said from his home in Hilo, Hawaii. “It’s hard to travel for me right now, because I stay so busy here with so many different projects.”

In addition to being a practicing artist in multiple media and an art professor, Marshall has three administrative roles on the Big Island. He chairs the Art Department and the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawaii Hilo and is executive director of the East Hawaii Cultural Center, a community arts space.

Marshall’s work is abstract, giving pleasure through the interplay of color, figure, layer and texture, while seldom being truly figural – and seldom being named by the artist. Trained as a painter at Yale University, where he earned his MFA in 1977, Marshall was inspired to make mono prints after seeing the sculptor Albert Paley make mono prints during a visit to Hilo.

“I had the idea to do mono prints with different materials to create layered stencils, so things show up in relief when you run them through the press,” Marshall said. “I explored the idea of shade and color in relief relationships.”

He acknowledged an element of chance when running the same print through a press repeatedly, printing in relief from hand-made stencils and varying inks, but once he numbers a print and offers it for view, it is his composition.

“They are not accidents at all, but nor are they predetermined either,” Marshall said. “When I make prints I don’t plan them as finished works, but I have shapes I made that day and colors I set out. I pull six to eight prints per session. I don’t have all successes, but each one helps me make it to the next stage. The prints that make it out of the studio are the ones that upon completion have what I feel is a strong resolution to themselves and can hold up on their own.”

It’s tempting to see figures and imagine little dramas and commentaries in the beautiful layers of colors and forms that Marshall creates using this process, but the artist is not very interested in what observers see in his images and feels no need to guide the viewer by titling his prints. “I don’t title them,” he said. “I don’t think they need titles.”

Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Ave. in the Central West End, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Abstraction” closes April 25. Contact the gallery at (314) 367-1076, atrium@earthlink.net or www.atriumgallery.net.

WILLEM DE LOOPER: "Homage to Klee"

Atrium Gallery would like to congratulate Atrium represented artist Willem de Looper for his inclusion in a show at American University in Washington D.C. Homage to Klee, 1985 is a wonderful work we hope you enjoy it and have chance to come view the de Looper's currently on view at Atrium. 

SUZANNE CAPORAEL: "What Follows Here"

We would like to congratulate Atrium artist Suzanne Caporael on her most recent solo show in NYC titled "What Follows Here." The exhibition is on view through April 22 at Ameringer, McEnery, and Yohe. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Carter Ratcliff. The catalogue can be found online at http://bit.ly/2n5iOy0. Please feel free to make an appointment to see some of her works in Atrium's inventory. 

CLAUDIA DEMONTE: "Lavori Su Carta" at NYU Casa Zerilli-Marimò

Congratulations to Atrium exhibited artist Claudia DeMonte for her continued success. Her work has been chosen for exhibition at the New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. This exhibition by  The Italian-American Visual Artists’ Network (IAVANET) explores the way artists have used paper as part of their creative practice from the Renaissance to contemporary times. The exhibition is open to the public through February 17. More information at: http://bit.ly/2jMqNiy 

FRANCISCA SUTIL: "The Will of Silence"

Congratulations to Francisca Sutil an artist frequently shown at Atrium. Her most recent solo exhibition at Patricia Ready Gallery in Santiago Chile was recognized as the Best Exhibition of the Year by the Chilean Critics Association. 

Sutil's work is currently installed in Atrium's Small Gallery Holiday Exhibition. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an internationally renowned artist showing in St. Louis. 

 

ADAM STRAUS RETROSPECTIVE at Nohra Haime Gallery

We are pleased to announce that Atrium artist Adam Straus is having a major retrospective of his work at Nohra Haime Gallery in New York from November 23, 2016 - January 14, 2017. Like past masters Straus portrays the intersection between luminosity and space that forms the sublime. Simultaneously his work is consistently captures the contemporary impact human activity has on the natural landscape.  

Atrium is also very please to learn that a new monograph on the work of Adam Straus will be published by Gli Ori, Italy, in November 2016. 

Please enjoy this article from Introspective magazine to learn more about Straus' work. 

Ladue News Show House to Feature 12 Atrium Artists

Atrium is participating with Gigi Lombrano Interiors in this year's Ladue News Show House which will be open from Saturday, October 22 through Sunday, November 6 with a very special evening event this Thursday October 20.  A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, a very worthy cause which we hope you enjoy supporting as much as we do. Gigi Lombrano's space on the 3rd floor will feature 20 pieces from Atrium. Participating artists are Suzanne Caporael, Willem de Looper, David Klamen, Michael Marshall, Annette Morriss, Fredrick Nelson, Steven Sorman, Katy Stone, Christopher Tanner, Elizabeth Thach, Mary Joan Waid, and William Yonker.

The Show House is located at 4388 Westminster Place St. Louis MO 63108

WILLEM DE LOOPER at National Gallery of Art

We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of a major Willem de Looper painting by the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. This work will be in the permanent collection of this most prestigious museum and is exhibited beautifully in its own dedicated space. "The Duke," 1990 was previously shown at Atrium and some of our clients and collectors may remember it. One of his finest paintings from the 90's period, it again reflects de Looper's love for and inspiration from jazz as it refers to the great Duke Ellington. The East Wing of the National Gallery has been closed for more than 2 years for extensive renovations and this presentation is coordinated with its most welcome re-opening. We hope many of you will have the opportunity to view it when you next visit D.C. For more information, please contact the gallery.

CLAUDIA DEMONTE Retrospective at Sarah Isom Center

Atrium Gallery would like to congratulate Claudia DeMonte for her Retrospective at the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies.  DeMonte's exhibition titled "The Art of Making the Invisible Visible," will feature over forty years of DeMonte's work.  Congratulations Claudia we are so proud to feature your work in our gallery. 

CHRIS TANNER Solo Exhibitions in NYC

We would like to congratulate Atrium Gallery Artist Chris Tanner for several upcoming solo shows in NYC.  The first show will feature new drawings by Tanner at the Prince St. Project Space at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Chris will also have a major solo show of new paintings, sculpture, drawings, and performance at Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project in NYC.  

 
 

LORE BERT Solo Exhibition in Mexico City

We would like to congratulate Atrium Artist Lore Bert on her 80th birthday which is being celebrated with an International traveling show.  These shows will carry the general title “In the Vortex of Cultures – Fragile Values.” The work in each of the participating cities will be customized to the physical spaces and interests of the Directors and Curators in that place.  Each exhibition will feature recent works as well as works relating to the geography and culture of the hosting city. We are so excited to be presenting her work titled “30 Lillies” in Atrium’s current show titled “From the Racks.” This work depicts an arrangement of Fleur de Lis, the symbol of our wonderful city St. Louis. The current leg of Bert’s international solo exhibition tour is being held at the Galería Ethra in Mexico City and will run from September 24th to October 18th 2016. This show represents her first major solo exhibition in North America after having great success in Europe including inclusion in the 2013 Venice Biennale. 

 
 

Claudia DeMonte Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery congratulates Claudia DeMonte on her newest exhibition "Memory Keepers," at June Kelly Gallery, New York. The exhibition opened April 21, runs through May 21, and features sculptures and installations that reflect her vision of women as custodians of culture around the world.

Additionally, DeMonte is currently showing at the Mattatuck Museum. The exhibition, "Making Her Mark," is a group exhibition focused on inverting stereotypes regarding personal and cultural individuality.