Saturday, November 15, 2008

Installation Images of Albert York, November 8th - December 20th, 2008, at T&Sn'Kreps

"Chelsea: Art Chockablock with Encyclopedic Range," The New York Times, Friday, November 16th, 2008, by Roberta Smith

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--Also countering Mr. Stella from a completely different angle is Albert York, a Morandi-like painter who has remained indifferent to the battling art movements of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Mr. York’s first exhibition in Chelsea contains small lusciously built-up still lifes, landscapes and art historical asides made during those decades. It can be seen at a temporary amalgam of the Taxter & Spengemann and Andrew Kreps galleries called T&Sn’Kreps that is operating out of Taxter’s old West 22nd Street space until their new gallery near Union Square is finished.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

For Immediate Release

T&Sn’Kreps inaugural exhibition
Albert York
November 8th – December 20th, 2008
Opening reception, Saturday November 8th, 6-8 pm

The first I saw of Albert York was a reproduction of Woman With Skeleton (1967) in Calvin Tomkins’ 1995 New Yorker
article about the artist. It immediately struck me as the weirdest conventional painting I had ever seen. That is to
say, it had an air of familiarity, but was also unexpectedly and deeply strange.

More recently, I have been accused of liking small paintings and, if this is true, it’s probably York’s fault. The sheer volume of psychological information—awkwardness, fear, beauty—contained within his tiny rectangles could dwarf a mural. Desire and dread play to a stalemate, the fear of death is ossified in the temporary bloom of cut flowers, there are subtle snakes lurking in the placid grass, and also women, languid but possibly dangerous.

The paintings, with their curious subjects and disorienting shifts in scale, can produce a Lynchian unease and the sinking feeling that what you are seeing may not support the comforts of allegory so common to their art historical referents. In this state though, a viewer finds a more elusive truth: recognition of one’s own slippery and mysterious humanity.

We extend our sincere thanks to those who lent paintings to this exhibition. More information about Albert York may be obtained from Davis & Langdale Company Inc. who exclusively represent the artist. Davis & Langdale is located in Manhattan at 231 East 60th St.

Albert York

Albert York
Reclining Female Nude with Cat, 1978
Oil on wood
9 3/8 x 12 1/2 inches
Private collection, courtesy of Dais & Langdale Company, New York

Albert York
Red Roses in Glass Jar
Oil on wood, 11 15/16 x 10 inches
Painted in 1978
Private collection