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John Zinsser, Dwight Ripley, Donald Evans, Forent Morellet

November 29 – January 12, 2012

Dwight Ripley Trout
Dwight Ripley Atomic Parsley
Dwight Ripley We Are Friends
Dwight Ripley Constellation!
DwightRipley Polish Graffiti
John Zinsser Colin De Land American Fine Arts
John Zinsser Civilian Warfare (1985)
John Zinsser Tibor de Nagy Gallery
John Zinsser Xavier Fourcade Gallery (1984)
John Zinsser Sonnabend Gallery
John Zinsser Dwan Gallery
John Zinsser Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery (1976)
John Zinsser Heiner Freidrich Gallery (1977)
Florent Morellet Lichenstein #5 (2 Islands #2)
Florent Morellet Lichenstein #6 (Archipelago #2)
Florent Morellet Lichenstein #2
Florent Morellet Lost World (+50 feet) Local Warming Series
Florent Morellet Red State (+40 feet) Local Warming Series
Florent Morellet Gated Archipelago (+30 feet) Local Warming Series
Florent Morellet Constantinople (+20 feet) Local Warming Series
Donald Evans Iles des Sourds.
Donald Evans 1932. Tropides Islands.
Donald Evans 1966. Achterdijk. Pears of Achterdijk
Doanld Evans 1949. Katibo. Fruits.
Donald Evans 1949.  Gnostis. Magical symbols.
Donald Evans Gnostis. 1938. Clouds.
Donald Evans Adjudane.
Donald Evans Azori Islands. Territoires de Calude.
Donald Evans Cadaques. Fruits and Vegetables.
Donald Evans Nadorp
Donald Evans 1957. Gnostis. Natural Phenomena
Donald Evans Sabot. Poste Maritime.

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of four Fabulists, artists who invent imaginary places in their work. The artists explore made-up lands, which inhabit their own small and imagined worlds.

Donald Evans (1945-1977) painted miniature watercolors that combine humor, a delicate touch, and geographic invention. Created with great verisimilitude in the form of postage stamps complete with perforated edges and postmarks, the works depict imaginary landscapes, currencies, and native flora and fauna.

Like Evans, Florent Morellet’s cartographic work explores histories (both real and imagined), economies, and politics. They map effects of weather and erosion over time. His work charts human presence and their civilizations. Exhibited in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one particularly timely work consisting of multiple panels of images and texts, maps the island of Manhattan and the imagined effects of climate change over the next centuries. Ultimately Manhattan is reduced to a sliver of land and small islands, with a new economy and government.

Dwight Ripley (1908-1973), an artist and botanist, is represented in the show with a selection of his Language Panels. The Language Panels, color pencils on paper, depict verdant lands with hills and trees. There are rare appearances of figures with speech bubbles with existing and in others, invented languages. The scenes exist out-of-time and are fable-like and playful.

John Zinsser’s small color renderings, selected from his Art Dealer Archipelagos series, map out territories and countries, each named after a New York gallery. The cities are named after artists that exhibit or exhibited at each gallery. Although the works can be irreverent and humorous, they came out of Zinsser’s interest in the history of New York galleries and their roles in recent history.