The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, June 23, 2018

Knoedler & Company Presents Exhibition of Paintings by Conrad Marca-Relli
Conrad Marca-Relli, "San Miguel" S-P-13-78, 1978. Collage and mixed media on canvas, 28 x 34 1/4 inches, 71.3 x 87 cm. Photo: Courtesy Knoedler & Company.

NEW YORK, NY.- Conrad Marca-Relli’s life and career were restlessly peripatetic—he moved back and forth between Europe and the United States, with homes at various times in New York City, East Hampton, Rome, Paris, Ibiza, and Parma—even for a time living on a houseboat on the Seine. In addition, his frequent travels included two trips to Mexico (in 1940 and 1952), where the geometric abstract quality of the white adobe architecture, seen in intensely contrasting light and shadow, proved extremely influential on his cityscapes, as well as his evolving work in collage.

As a condition of duality characterized his pattern of residency throughout his life, so too, in his art, Marca- Relli kept a foothold both in abstraction and figuration. He never gave himself over entirely to pure abstraction, but found he was either inclined to abstract a figurative reference or to travel back and forth in his work between figuration and total abstraction.

In his catalogue essay, Senso Architettonico, Carter Ratcliff identifies the “architecture” of art-making as a unifying and core principle in Marca-Relli’s work, one which led him ultimately away from painting per se, to the “construction” of collages. As early as 1951, in an ongoing series of town- and cityscapes, the artist began exploring a theme that brought together his attention to structure in his work; his literal engagement with architecture; his response to the history and specificity of the locales he visited; and the metaphorical underpinning the theme allowed for. Metaphorical depictions of towns and cities recur throughout Western art history—from Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s 14th century allegorical murals in the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, to the urban world of Edward Hopper, to the metaphysical cityscapes of Mario Sironi and Giorgio de Chirico. Indeed Marca-Relli’s stacked dwellings and perforated façades, as well as his desolate, depopulated views, have much in common with these artists. Ratcliff has written:

Seen in isolation the Cityscapes of 1951–52 are astonishing. Rendered in a palette of grays at once gloomy and luminous, they are filled with a melancholy that is not mere sadness but, rather, an exalted awareness of the humanity we have shared in the cities we began to build more than five millennia ago. Charging ordinary buildings with the weight of history, these paintings are all the more remarkable when we see them against the backdrop of the New York art world in the early 1950s.

Despite the dominance of Abstract Expressionism in postwar American art, Marca-Relli’s cityscapes had relevance and resonance for his contemporaries. In 1976, Harold Rosenberg recalled of Marca-Relli that the first strong impression made on me by his canvases was a show of his “cityscapes.” The U.S. Pavilion at the 1956 Venice Biennale was an exhibition entitled, American Artists Paint the City, curated by Katharine Kuh of The Art Institute of Chicago. Included was Marca-Relli’s 1951 New York cityscape, La Città. The series continued to evolve in Marca-Relli’s work, and we find him passing through widely diverging treatments and variations on the subject through the late 1990s.

Conrad Marca-Relli: City to Town, spans the years 1942 to 1996, and includes over twenty paintings and collages. The exhibition remains on view at Knoedler & Company through July 29.

Today's News

May 6, 2011

The Concept of The Power of Giving Examined in New Exhibition at Museum in Dresden

Art Basel Takes Major Step Toward Expansion in Asia, Buys Hong Kong International Art Fair

Sotheby's to Sell Major Masterwork by Leading British Post-War Artist Francis Bacon

Gagosian Gallery Centers Exhibition on Recent Discovery of Painting by Arshile Gorky

Musee Rodin in Paris Presents "Works in Progress, Rodin and the Ambassadors"

David Zwirner Presents Works by Donald Judd Drawn from Seminal 1989 Exhibition

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Endowment Gifts from Walton Family Foundation

Christie's in London to Offer the Extraordinary Collection of Duarte Pinto Coelho

Knoedler & Company Presents Exhibition of Paintings by Conrad Marca-Relli

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Endorses American Latino Art Museum Plan

Memorabilia of Rock and Pop Musical Legends to Be Auctioned at Christie's in June

Christie's New York Announces Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale May 12

Major Survey Exhibition of the Venezuelan Artist Jésus Rafael Soto: 1955 to 2004 at Haunch of Venison

Gagosian Gallery Presents New Distinctive Metal Sculptures by Artist John Chamberlain

Madison Square Park Conservancy Presents the NY Public Art Debut of Jaume Plensa

Web Application Announced for 9/11 Dead Listed on National Memorial at Ground Zero

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale Brings $39 Million at Sotheby's New York

SFMOMA and Google Partner to Give Bay Area Families Greater Access to Art Education

Exhibition Featuring Objects Never Before Seen in Canada to Be Presented in Toronto

Sotheby's Offers One of the Most Important Works by Egon Schiele Ever to Come to the Market

Paintings, Drawings, and Prints of Builders by Jacob Lawrence at DC Moore Gallery

National Archives and Partners Launch New International Nazi-Era Records Internet Portal

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover Announce Details of Frieze Art Fair 2011

Masterpiece by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Achieves $29.2 Million at Sotheby's New York

Medal Awarded to Sheffield Wendesday's W. E. Clegg to Sell at Bonhams More Virtual Fairs Announced

London Original Print Fair Records Highest Ever Visitor Figures

14-Foot Walk-Through Purse Shown in Washington State

Roger Kennedy, Former Museum Director, Receives Smithsonian's Henry Medal

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful