Pictures of Everything: Abstract Painting Now

March 27th, 2014 through May 4th, 2014

Pictures of Everything: Abstract Painting Now
Solo exhibitions by: Robin Feld, Stephen Cimini, Greg Brickey, Robyn Ellenbogen, Eileen Boxer, Glenn Garver, Elizabeth Gilfilen, Raymond Saa and Maria Pavlovska
March 27- May 4, 2014
Reception Sunday, March 30th: 3-6pm

Pictures of Nothing or Pictures of Everything? Does abstract art empty out content and subject matter, or does it pile on those concepts in order to make a painting that says even more than the thousand words a picture is supposed to have assigned to it? People have been debating the simplicity or complexity of abstract painting for more than a hundred years, and continue to be moved by new abstract works in one way or another, both emotionally and intellectually.
For our new exhibition, DRAWING ROOMS gathers nine artists working in the NY/NJ area who have taken on the task of exploring and re-inventing abstract painting to make their own personal, visual statement.

Several years ago Kirk Varnedoe, former Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, delivered an important series of lectures about Abstract art since the 1950s called Pictures of Nothing. Starting with the famous drip paintings by Jackson Pollock, he described how abstract painting moved from active, expressive imagery to the more rarified “empty” forms of minimal art and beyond. But what has happened since then? When we look around, much of the abstraction being made now seems full of content: ideas, emotion, form, color, drawing -- and sometimes even images that seem to be appearing or disappearing. In this exhibition we take a look at what is going on currently in the world of abstract art through the contributions of these artists, and the statement it suggests recalls the title of one of our exhibiting artist’s paintings: Everything Included.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

  • Stephen Cimini

    Stephen Cimini

  • Glenn Garver

    Glenn Garver

  • Greg Brickey

    Greg Brickey

  • Elizabeth Gilfilen

    Elizabeth Gilfilen

Drawing Rooms

180 Grand Street Jersey City, NJ 07302
Mon-Wed: ClosedThu-Fri: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PMSat-Sun: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM