The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Solo exhibition of new paintings and ceramics by Saira McLaren opens at Sargent's Daughters
Saira McLaren, The Runners, 2019. Oil and dye on canvas, 42 x 48 inches.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sargent’s Daughters is presenting Something I’ve been meaning to tell you, a solo exhibition of new paintings and ceramics by Saira McLaren. This is the artist's third solo show with the gallery.

The exhibition takes its title from Alice Munro’s 1974 short story of the same name, in which the duality of illusion and reality shape the lives of two sisters. The 'something' of the story is either a revealing secret or a total fiction; the reader does not know.

This duality infuses McLaren’s new work with mysterious imagery where the body is both present and absent, and the natural world is both artificial and realistic. Unlike her previous work, in which human presence was only hinted at, the new work puts the body directly into the landscape. Eyes float through a botanical tangle; fingers pluck plants and leaves are stuffed in mouths. These unattached body parts serve as allegories for aging and change, the loss of one part of oneself and the decline of sexuality.

The paintings reference theatrical scrims-- a scrim that if you could pull away, the scene might easily disappear or remain, and are constructed like dioramas rather than observed places. They begin with fabric dye, after which layers of light oil are washed to create the screen effect. The line and brush work remain on the surface, creating a flattened plane that enhances the dramatic scene. The ceramic vessels are similarly enigmatic. The vases are glazed multiple times with over glazes to create their light washes, giving them a further aesthetic connection to the paintings.

McLaren drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including 17th century religious paintings of St Lucy, St Agnes and St Agatha, Victorian ‘Lover’s Eye’ paintings, 19th century Romantics, 19th century botanical drawings and Georgia O’Keefe. The resulting works portray the power and problems of the female body, both in reality and in art, made manifest through a thin film of unexplained beauty.

Saira McLaren (b. 1976, Toronto, Canada) lives and works between New York City and the Catskills. She is a 2015 Edward Albee Foundation resident and has exhibited at Essex Flowers, NY; Bushel, NY and George Gallery, NY. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum and Time Out New York.

Today's News

January 14, 2019

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents an immersive installation by Charles Long

Andrew Jones Auctions kicks off the new year with sale that includes over 500 lots

LX, a new art space, opens on 60th and Park Avenue

Sotheby's to offer The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

Exhibition presents New York's first solo show of self-taught, octogenarian American artist

Marc Straus presents a new series of work by Chris Jones

Animated film to spotlight bear that served in WWII

CUE Art Foundation opens a solo exhibition by Cal Siegel

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum presents selected works from the collection of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld

Exhibition at Skoto Gallery brings together the works of sixteen artists

Solo exhibition of new paintings and ceramics by Saira McLaren opens at Sargent's Daughters

Eduard Planting Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Astrid Verhoef

Abigail Ross Goodman appointed Consulting Curator at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Thierry Goldberg opens Snow Day, a group exhibition

Reelpolitik: India election films get Bollywood vote

Massive 'Iceberg' hits Garment District this Winter, illuminates Broadway pedestrian plazas

Elisabeth Wild's first solo exhibition with Carbon 12 opens in Dubai

Casemore Kirkeby opens a wide ranging exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Sonya Rapoport

Hindus gather in India for world's largest festival

Exhibition at the Gallery of Everything presents the work of Olga Frantskevich and Ezekiel Messou

Two-person exhibition exploring themes of life and death through works on paper opens at Massey Klein

'A Prophet' creator takes on France's war in Algeria

Gildar Gallery opens its third solo exhibition by the artist William Stockman

5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art to explore concepts of Immortality

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

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
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
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