Panel Discussion: Rosemarie Beck, Moderated by art critic Eric Sutphin
Friday, May 10 at 6PM with Jennifer Samet, Martha Hayden, Catherine Drabkin, Dov Talpaz.
From 1960 until 1970 New York figurative painter Rosemarie Beck (1923-2003) worked on what is known as her Lovers series. Beck’s closely observed tonal relationships and her carefully articulated formal arrangements reveal a dynamism and sense of freedom that would remain with her for the next four decades. Rosemarie Beck’s early figurative works demonstrate a search for a revitalized painting language. Beck employed individuated “notes” of color to build form, staging objects in space as a means of returning significance to the act of painting. Beck reordered her painterly vocabulary in a process of finding the form within her subject and by partially sublimating any implied narrative by the act of painting itself.
Rosemarie Beck, Girl Resting, 1969. Oil on linen, 48 x 40 inches. Courtesy of Rosemarie Beck Foundation. In conjunction with the exhibition “Rosemarie Beck: Paintings of the ’60s” on view at the Club May 1 to 11, 2013