Silverpoint Nudes: Art Students League

The Silverpoint Exhibition – The Art Students League of New York

An Exhibition of Contemporary Silverpoint Drawings
April 7- May 31, 2015
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
May 7 from 5:30 to 7:30

Stephen Assael, Cara Boyle, Ever Blanco, Sherry Camhy, Mary Grace Concannon, George Corbin, Harvey Dinnerstein, Lois Dinnerstein, Fioretti, Mark Gonzalez, Richard Husson, James Melone, Maria Mottola, Lauren Amalia Reddng, Ephraim Rubenstein, Sheldon Schultz, Wendy Shalen, Burton Silverman, Joel Spector, Terry Aiden, Dan Thompson, Costa Vavagiakis, Lea Colie Wight, Blake Zoephel

Curated by Sherry Camhy and Jillian Russo

The Art Students League of New York, 215 West 57 Street, New York, 10019 Tel: (212) 247 – 4510

Before artists had pencils and paper, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo and artists of that time drew with lead, silver, gold and other metal points to create timeless studies on small specially prepared surfaces.

Silver points were the most often chosen for drawing. Placed in a stylus they were used to make studies of delicately fine, light, permanent lines that darkened into a luminous warm hue as the silver tarnished with age. Of the 24 images on display in this exhibition, six are studies of the nude. The oldest was done was done by Burton Silverman in a life drawing sketch class in 1949 and over the years has turned a glowing amber tone not producible with any other medium.

The artists in this exhibition have been enticed by the elegance of this archaic medium but contemporary silverpoint artists are free of the former limitations of the medium. They are free to work as large as they choose on surfaces that allow erasing and the use of mixed media.

Steven Assael, Sherry Camhy, Burton Silverman, Costa Vavagiakis, Lea Colie Wight, Jason Yarmosky have been lured into exploring the figure with the haunting beauty of this old medium in enticing new ways.

The blockbuster exhibition “Drawing with Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns” at The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. then in The British Museum, London contains many silverpoint studies of the figure not to be missed. A sprinkling of other museums and galleries in America and London are also exhibiting work in the medium. Here is a listing of some of them.

A Year of Silverpoint

“Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns”
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
May 3- July 26, 2015

The British Museum, London, UK
September 10-December 6, 2015

“National Silverpoint Invitational 2015”
An Exhibition of Silverpoint Drawings
May 6-June 27, 2015
Sherry Camhy, Jeannine Cook, Lori Field, Marietta Hoferer, Michael Kukla, Jeff Lewis, Tom Mazzullo, Susan Schwalb, Aj Smith, Marjorie Williams-Smith
Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Avenue. Suite C, Little Rock, AR 72206   Tel: (501) 372-6822
Greg Thompson Fine Art, 429 Main Street, 2nd Floor, North Little Rock, AR 72114  (501) 664-2787

“Contemporary Metalpoint”
Robyn Ellenbogen, Marietta Hoferer, Michael Kukla, Cynthia Lin, Tom Mazzullo, Scherer & Ouporov, Susan Schwalb
June 11 – July 11, 2015
Reception June 11, 6-8pm
Garvey|Simon, 547 West 27th Street, 
Suite 207
, New York, NY 10001, 

“Contemporary Metalpoint Drawing”
Sam Messenger, Susan Schwalb, Erika Winstone plus others
September 10- October 10, 2015
Patrick Heide Contemporary Arts
11 Church Street
, London 

, UK +44 (0) 20 7724 5548

Erika Winstone and Susan Schwalb
November 12- December 5, 2015
Arthouse 1, 45 Grange Road, Bermondsey, London SE1 3BH, 0077131 89249 http://www.arthouse1.co.uk/ind

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