My impetus for making the trip was the Sunday, December 3, opening of the "Gigantic Small Works Show" at the. . . . . . .. . Rosenfeld Gallery, where I’m participating. The Rosenfeld Gallery is on Arch Street, a few doors down from the Betsey Ross House. It’s as large and rambling as the Ross house is teeny tiny. There’s about 2000 square feet of narrow-but-deep exhibition space in the ground-floor venue. It reminds me (in the best way) of SoHo in the early days: dark wood floors, white display panels over brick walls, and an emphasis of art over architecture. For this exhibition—an annual event at the gallery—about 30 artists showed over 120. .
Two views from the opening at Rosenfeld Gallery on December 3
One of the things I like about Philadelphia is the collegiality among artists and dealers. Last May, when I was in town for the "Order(ed)" show at Gallery Siano, I’d visited the Rosenfeld Gallery to see Tremain Smith’s work. Unbeknownst to me, Tremain had mentioned me to Richard Rosenfeld, the owner, so when I introduced myself to the softspoken bearded man behind the desk, it was Richard, and he was familiar with my work. Long story short, he invited me to participate in this show. I love when that happens.
When I landed at 11:00 am, I took a taxi to Minimal Works on Chestnut Street in Center City. There I met the gallery’s owner, Dennis Towers, a man with a passion for reductive work, and he opened the space for me to take a look (it’s normally closed on Sunday). I have five paintings and some
Above, Sharon Brant: Untitled, 24 x 24", acrylic on panel, 2002. Below, Siri Berg: Small Bars One, 12 x 12", oil on linen, 2006
work on paper in the gallery. Moreover, I have Richard Rosenfeld’s good wishes about participating in the project, just as I have Dennis’s good wishes about my involvement with the Rosenfeld Gallery. This is what I mean about collegiality.
Minimal Works is unique as a gallery in that rather than mounting shows of an individual artist each month, it focuses on a curated group exhibition that evolves as work sells—kind of like what happens at an art fair. Dennis recently started spotlighting the work of his artists for the "Second Friday" openings that take place in Center City. ("First Friday" openings take place in Old City, where Rosenfeld Gallery, Pentimenti, Larry Becker, Wexler and other galleries are located.) My work is spotlighted for December. Here's the announcement:
Dennis has promised to send a few shots of the gallery, and I'll post them as soon as they arrive. In the meantime, I've pulled a few images from the gallery's website, some just above and some below:
Above, Douglas Witmer: Bungalow, 20 x 16", acrylic on canvas. Below, Edward Shalala: E.S. Six, 12 x 16", painted canvas and handmade paper made from the painting.