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Nicolas Carone, Abstraction/Figuration: Works on Paper

Lohin Geduld Gallery
531 West 25th Street, 212-675-2656
April 30 - June 5, 2009
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Lohin Geduld Gallery will present our third solo exhibition of work by eminent American artist Nicolas Carone.

During the heady days of the Abstract Expressionist epoch, Nicolas Carone was a central figure in developing a visual language combining abstraction and figuration. Derived from Cubism and Surrealism, Carone’s images, along with those of Pollock and Matta, created a vocabulary of forms springing from automatism and the unconscious. In Carone’s case this automatic drawing was seasoned with his encyclopedic knowledge of the human form, gained through an apprenticeship of classical study.

Carone continues to mine this fertile ground, which for him is a worldview where observation, memory, sensation, and desire combine to form a truer reality. Drawing is the most direct mode of visual expression, and Carone allows his unedited thoughts and fantasies to flow through lines and shapes of dynamism and beauty. His marks seem to simultaneously contain the specifics of a lover’s proximity and the human struggles of a millennium.

Like the late works of Picasso, Carone’s drawings present a dichotomy of Modernism and Classicism, intimacy and archetype. All forms are potentially expressive, and in Carone’s prodigious output over the past few years we find an artist breaking through to a plane of boundless possibility. His charcoal marks contain gestures of substance and meaning, forming compositions suggesting a continuum of experience without hierarchy. This exhibition finds Nicolas Carone at the height of his powers, expanding the figurative tradition, with the conviction that his probing of the unconscious can lead to new perceptions and insight.

Nicolas Carone has been closely associated with the development of Modernism. His work is represented in many collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He was awarded both the Prix de Rome and a Fulbright Fellowship. For a complete biography and images of his works please visit our website.
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