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