Rivers Flow/Artists Connect

Rivers Flow/Artists Connect

Hudson River Museum

February 2 - September 1, 2024

In Rivers Flow / Artists Connect, American artists from the 1820s to the present day explore and illuminate our profound, symbiotic relationship with significant rivers across the globe, from the Hudson and the Susquehanna to the Indus and the Seine.

The cultural, social, and spiritual significance of rivers is universal, as proven by their enduring presence in art and in our collective imagination. In Rivers Flow / Artists Connect, American artists from the 1820s to the present day explore and illuminate our profound, symbiotic relationship with significant rivers across the globe, from the Hudson and the Susquehanna to the Indus and the Seine.

The Hudson River Museum’s new West Wing galleries, basking in a dramatic view of the Hudson River and the Palisades, are an opportune setting for this exhibition. It features works by more than forty exceptional artists exploring various aspects of river subject matter from diverse perspectives and heritages, through realistic depiction and symbolic representation. Together, the artists demonstrate—in painting, prints, photographs, sculpture, and video—their role in recalling and reinforcing our instinctive connection with rivers.

The exhibition considers these bodies of water through aesthetic, functional, spiritual, and ecological lenses. The Allure of the River section addresses the interrelation of scenic beauty and our attraction to rivers. In Sustainer of Life, artists investigate the essential need for access to rivers for water, food, and transportation—our daily infrastructure—as well as profound sacred connections. Finally, Endangered Rivers: A Call to Action reflects on urbanization, industry, and the critical need for continued conservation and activism.

In many ways, the artists and the rivers they depict are kindred spirits. Just as rivers shape the land and surmount obstacles on their inexorable journey to the sea, artists also boldly confront barriers and challenges, from land access to environmental change. Their creative expressions help us see rivers with new eyes, and perhaps even a renewed sense of wonder, connection, and purpose, as we consider our own community’s rivers and our own responsibility for stewardship.

The Estate of Don Nice is delighted to announce the establishment of the Don Nice Foundation.

The Estate of Don Nice is delighted to announce the establishment of the Don Nice Foundation.

11/24/2023

The estate of Don Nice is delighted to announce the establishment of the Don Nice Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving Nice’s artistic legacy and continuing his long-standing work in support of the environment.

Nice was renowned for his monumental works that seamlessly blended realism and abstraction and explored the core forces of nature.  His art vividly portrays the beauty, vibrancy, and diversity of natural environments, as well as the complex relationship between humanity and the natural world. Nice embraced in an aesthetic context the idea that nature is the force of life, and we are all a part of it.

Nice’s work gained international recognition and has been exhibited in significant gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the US, England, France, Holland, Germany and Australia.  Notably, his works are included in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. 

Raised in rural Visalia California, as a boy Nice roamed in the local citrus groves and worked close to the land as a cowhand, which profoundly influenced his artistic vision. He recounted that “I became acquainted with the world not by television, car, train or jet- but from the saddle of a horse or the leather of my own boots: slow, steady and in a focused way” 

In 1969, after pursuing his career in the more urban environments, he moved his family from New York City to the Hudson River Valley. Soon after arriving he received the heartbreaking news of the loss of his brother Hubert, a botanist, who fell victim to exposure to insecticides. Processing that tragedy, and immersed in a new, inspirational, and storied landscape, Nice found that nature itself- the Earth as an ecological system- as a subject- came into clearer view. It “ infused itself into my consciousness and began surfacing in my paintings, quite outside of my control.” 

At the same time, he connected with influential figures at the heart of the environmental movement that was igniting in the area, such as John Adams at National Resources Defense Council and Open Space Institute, and Pete Seeger at Clearwater.  Nice supported their early and continuing advocacy efforts through his art and his connections in the arts community. 

Throughout his career, Nice created editions and donated works for fundraising efforts.  He also served as artist in residence and held classes and workshops for arts and environmental organizations that brought individuals to a heightened understanding of environments in need of protection. He employed not only his extraordinary technical skill, but also his keen wit and gregarious nature to help others develop a deeper connection to nature and art.  

“The formation of the Don Nice Foundation comes at an incredibly relevant time, in the midst of our current climate crisis”  according to Leslie Nice, Foundation President. “My father understood earlier than most the urgency of the challenges faced by the earth, carrying an unwavering message across seven decades of work.” The Don Nice Foundation aims to continue his substantial impact, partnering with like-minded organizations to introduce his work to new audiences and continue to use art as a vehicle to creatively advocate for better stewardship of the Earth.”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Americans, 1968-74: Artist Proofs by Fred Genis

Young Americans, 1968-74: Artist Proofs by Fred Genis

The Loan Goat Gallery Group Exhibition

September 2-30, 2023

This tribute to Master Lithographer Fred Genis, showcases the incredible legacy of work he produced from 1968 to1974 in New York.

During his forty year career, Genis worked with world renowned artists from USA, Europe and Australia, collaborating with a total of eighty artists, leaving a significant international contribution to the fine arts.

A revival of the lithographic art form in America during the late sixties and early seventies saw Genis working as a partner in the Hollanders Workshop in New York. He created works with some great American artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Willem De Kooning, James Rosenquist, Don Nice, John Cage, Robert Morris, to name a few.

Young Americans features key iconic works from Pop art images like James Rosenquist’s Spaghetti, Don Nice’s Big Sneaker and Tootsie Pops prints to John Cage’s collaborative Mushroom Book to Robert Morris’s political anti Vietnam War series.

This is a rare opportunity to view and purchase your own original artworks by some of these great American Artists.

 

Fred Genis (1934 Amersfoort, Netherlands – 2022 Mullumbimby, Australia)

Fred Genis, a Master Lithographer and Dutchman, was the first celebrity printer in Australia.

Genis was a partner in the Hollanders Workshop in New York in the late 60’s, early 70’s, working with artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Willem De Kooning, Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers and James Rosenquist to name a few. He then set up a workshop in Holland for 7 years and packed up to move his family to Australia setting up a workshop in Sydney in 1979. He printed editions with John Olsen and Tim Storrier, Brett Whitely and Lloyd Rees, to name a few over a period of 30 years until his retirement 2007.

Lithography requires a unique personal collaboration between artist and printer, he described his part in this highly technical process as being ‘like water’ – quiescent, fluid, unformed, but able at any instant to show, suggest, assist or even withhold’.

Genis enjoyed a rich, adventurous and fun life together with his wife, Rina and three daughters. He lived in Possum Creek, New South Wales for 22 years until he passed away in 2022 at age 88.

Fred Genis left a major contribution to the art world through his incredible legacy. Many of the works he printed are held in major collections such as the MOMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, and many, many more.

Upstate Art Weekend presents -  Don Nice:GAIA

Upstate Art Weekend presents - Don Nice:GAIA

3140 Route 22 Dover Plains NY on View July 22-24th, 2022

Don Nice maintained a studio in Garrison, overlooking the Hudson River, for over 50 years, and was an integral part of the fabric of the arts community in the region as well as an internationally recognized practitioner of environmentally focused art. Don Nice- GAIA examines Nice’s last series of “Earth Spinners”, a body of work situated within his lifelong engagement with environmental concerns, yet exploring a new mode of representation of our relationship to the earth as our host. Meant to be viewed as part of an immersive environment, this exciting installation brings his artistic vision full circle- directly referencing the central premise of scientist and writer James Lovelock, The Gaia Hypothesis, “ a model of the Earth in which its living and non living parts…can be thought of as a single organism.”  Lovelock’s  work served as an inspiration throughout Nice’s career.  The works in Don Nice- GAIA also exuberantly celebrate the abstract brushwork which defined Nice’s early works from the 50’s and 60’s, before his rise to prominence in the late 1960’s as a “New Perceptual Realist.”  

 

Nice’s work is included in over 70 museums-  from the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the Albany Institute of History and Art here in the Hudson River Valley, to the Metropolitan Museum , the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Crystal Bridges, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Museum of Art, Australia. 

 

Don Nice - GAIA, is presented at the Don Nice archive and project space, recently established in Dover Plains, NY, by the artist's daughter Leslie Nice, agent for the artist’s estate. The space, which does not maintain regular public hours, will be free and open to the public for the duration of the Upstate Art Weekend, Fri 10-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-7.  The 6,000 square foot space offers exhibition and viewing areas and an outside space, allowing ample room for any covid protocols.

Don Nice celebrated Earth Day every day through his art

Don Nice celebrated Earth Day every day through his art

Available for purchase

April 22, 2021

This Earth Day, the estate of Don Nice honors his legacy by issuing a special limited edition of his iconic trout image, on an elegant stainless steel bottle. For reuse and enjoyment, to help the earth. These bottles continue Nice’s practice of engagement with the public, illuminating concern for the environment through his art, and financially supporting environmental advocacy organizations with his work. “My intention in my art is to bring the public closer and I hope more empathetic towards our host planet.” Don Nice For more information about this project, please visit http://www.donniceeditions.com

Landscape Art & Virtual Travel.Highlights from the collection of the HRM and Art Bridges

Landscape Art & Virtual Travel.Highlights from the collection of the HRM and Art Bridges

August 28, 2020 - August 8, 2021

American landscape paintings have always been intertwined with explorations of the great outdoors. In the mid-nineteenth century, many artists meditated on the sublimity of nature, whether gazing at the Hudson River’s Palisades or embarking on a far-ranging tour. Landscape painters brought distant places into the homes of their patrons and, popularized in books and prints, landscape art inspired a growing middle class to travel to these destinations. Artists continue to bring the world to us and send us out on our own adventures to this day.

Details about the journey of Don Nice on the Hudson River in 1999 and show at the Hudson River Museum in 2000

http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/2aa/2aa212.htm

Artists on Show

Alison Moritsugu, Cynthia Daignault, David Hockney,  Don Nice, Frohawk Two Feathers, Hudson River School, Hudson Valley, James McElhinney, Jermy Dennis, Jordan Matter, Marie Louise, Richard Mayhew, Thomas Cole, Thomas Moran

Pop Art

Pop Art

PopArt | Exhibition opening 22nd of January 2020

15. JANUARY 2020 / BEATRIS

Galerie Barbara von Stechow is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a group exhibition of outstanding artists of PopArt.

ALEX KATZ | KEITH HARING | TOM WESSELMANN | FORD BACKMAN
ANDY WARHOL | ROY LICHTENSTEIN | DON NICE | HEINER MEYER

We cordially invite you to the opening of PopArt
on Wednesday, the 22nd of January, from 6:30 p.m.

Duration of the exhibition: 23rd January -22nd February 2019

Galerie Barbara vonStechow

Feldbergstraße 28, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

http://www.galerie-von-stechow.com/en/

Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

Wild Kingdom: 100 Years of Animal Art - November 17 - March 3

For the sheer fun of it, nothing beats the theme of animals in art. This rip-roaring show assembles a circus parade of the wild and the woolly, from the big cats (lions, tigers, leopards and others) to the sheep and bunnies beloved by all (including the cats). The roll call of major talents represented in the show whose paintings, drawings, and sculpture have immortalized the wild kingdom includes many of the top dogs in art history, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, John James Audubon and Jeff Koons among many others (there are over a hundred works on view). As a special treat, a lavishly colorful installation by the world-renowned artist and designer Hunt Slonem will transform the elegant rooms of the mansion into a dream-like sanctuary for parrots, rabbits and butterflies, his signature motifs. This show within a show, titled Eden Never Ends, includes not just a dazzling array of paintings but an unforgettable installation of fabrics and extravagant furniture designed by Hunt Slonem, created expressly for this show. It is an Instagram opportunity not to be missed!

 

https://longislandweekly.com/wild-kingdom-100-years-of-animal-art/

2018 Recipient of The Lee Krasner Award

2018 Recipient of The Lee Krasner Award

Don Nice - 2018 Recipient of The Lee Krasner Award in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement for his distinguished career. 

Art Miami New York

Art Miami New York

May 3-6th 2018

Pier 94

12th Avenue at 55th Street

New York New York 10019

Presented by Galerie Barbara von Stechow booth 102

 

MAY 3 - 6 | 2018

VIP PREVIEW MAY 3

INTERNATIONALCONTEMPORARYMODERN ART FAIR

Bivins Gallery

February 2 - April 17, 2018

Allan Stone Projects

"Two Views of Pop" Don Nice and Dorothy Grebenak February 23 - April 22, 2017