In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karl Schrag (1912 – 1995), Alexandre Gallery, in collaboration with Kraushaar Galleries, will present Karl Schrag, The Rhythms of Nature, A Centennial Celebration. The joint exhibition will feature 20 paintings covering a quarter century of work. Many of the works come directly from the artist’s family and have not previously been exhibited.
Many of these paintings explore the Maine landscape that inspired Karl Schrag for fifty years. He finds the mysteries of land and sea and captures them in a fusion of realism and abstraction that can change the way we see our world. The glow of the sun, the shimmer of the moon, the motion of the grasses, the power of the rocky shore are all captured in the vigorous brushstrokes and vibrant colors of the paintings. “My strong desire to express from sunlit serenity to the darkest moods has its roots in a constant awareness of myself being a part of the nature and life which I observe. With every breath I take, with every heartbeat I feel within myself the rhythms of nature,” wrote the artist on the occasion of his 1992 traveling retrospective organized by the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Maine.
Schrag was born in Germany; after study in Paris and Brussels he came to New York in 1938. He worked with S. W. Hayter and became director of his international print studio, Atelier 17. He taught at Brooklyn College and Cooper Union. Since 1938 Schrag’s work has been the subject of over 40 one-person exhibitions.
A concurrent exhibition, Memories and Premonitions: A Karl Schrag Retrospective, which will focus on Schrag’s print work, will open at Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, New York on August 30th.
The Kraushaar Galleries and Alexandre Gallery exhibition will open September 6th and continue through October 12th. A reception will be held at both galleries on September 15th.
Kraushaar Galleries, 74 East 79th Street, New York, New York 10075 212.288.2558 Alexandre Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10022 212.755.2828
For further information, biographical information or images, please contact Allison Hester at 212-755-2828 or [email protected]