OPENING RECEPTION FOR AMY BERNSTEIN TOMORROW 2-5PM
We’re so happy to have Bernstein’s work back at Nationale. Please join us Sunday, March 9 (2 - 5 p.m.) for her opening reception.
I struggle with elements of restraint and freedom, the traits required to be good in the world, to know when to speak and when to celebrate silence. I believe these minimal paintings to be compiled of small moments, to embody notes on existence. My ﬂeshy, reactionary piles of vibrant color in a white space become frail and faulted characters, occasionally talking to one another, interdependent but existing as entities in their own right. As whole works, they vacillate between the histories of philosophy, art, and design, searching for the space in which they will take questions further. They hope for beauty, but are often simply attempts at depicting the unexamined.
Full release HERE.
BOOK SIGNING WITH LUC TUYMANS: RESERVE YOUR BOOKS!
Visit our Square WEBSHOP to reserve your book for next Saturday’s special event with Belgian artist LUC TUYMANS. We will hold your copy at the gallery…
ROBERT E. GILPIN: IMAGES NOW ONLINE!
"Blue Interior", acrylic on canvas, 19.5 x 23.5”
"Holden on Light Orange Sofa", acrylic on canvas, 21.5 x 27.5”, SOLD
"Still Life with Oranges and Flowers", acrylic on canvas, 15.5 x 19.5”, SOLD
"Criminal", acrylic on canvas, 11.5 x 8.5”, SOLD
"Purple Sofa", acrylic on canvas, 17.5 x 23.5”
"Afrikan Woman", acrylic on canvas, 19.5 x 15.5”, SOLD
"Blue Sofa", acrylic on canvas, 19.5 x 15.5”, SOLD
More images on our website HERE…
Nationale was recently featured in the Japanese guide True Portland. And both our upcoming exhibition, with Amy Bernstein, and special event, with Luc Tuymans, are included in John Motley’s art gallery preview for March…
AMY BERNSTEIN | Notes (opens March 9, 2014)
SAVE THE DATE: LUC TUYMANS BOOK SIGNING
Saturday, March 8, 2014 (2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Nationale is honored to host a book signing with influential Belgian artist Luc Tuymans. Tuymans will be on hand to sign limited copies of some of the monographs dedicated to his work. This event is held in conjunction with the PNCA’s Feldman Gallery exhibition, Luc Tuymans: Graphic Works – Kristalnacht to Technicolor. With special thanks to Modou Dieng and Mack McFarland.
Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s. His sparsely colored, figurative works speak in a quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling voice, and are typically painted from pre-existing imagery which includes photographs and video stills. Born in 1958 in Morstel, near Antwerp, Belgium, Tuymans was one of the first artists to be represented by David Zwirner. He joined the gallery in 1994 and had his first American solo exhibition that same year. His work was recently the subject of a retrospective co-organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It traveled from 2010 to 2011 to the Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Previous major solo exhibitions include those organized by the Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden in 2009 and Tate Modern, London in 2004.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact email@example.com
THIS SATURDAY: ART RECEPTION FROM 5 TO 8 P.M.
Robert E. Gilpin
Acrylic on canvas
19.5 x 23.5”
Join us for Robert’s reception this Saturday, 5-8 p.m. His Blue Interiors might be my favorite painting in the show…
POLA-REDS: CONFECTIONS FROM THE EDGE
Jack Johnston began using Polaroid film in the late 1970s to document his life and his private performances as a queer art punk. Pola-Reds: Confections from the Edge adds a chapter to the throng of books on San Francisco punk rock, here from the stage at home, in the bedroom and art studio, the camera with a self-timer standing in for the mirror in front of which we have all danced.
Equal parts a record of self-definition and a document of re-invention, these images were taken during my time as an art student in the San Francisco punk scene, 1978-79. I was first and foremost a fan—Jack Fan—of my friends’ art and their bands. I was also a queer artist questioning prevailing modes of presentation. Then as now, I am conscious of the importance of the pose, of concocting a confection of presence and presentation. I didn’t take pictures of pride parades, gay rights marches, and shot few pictures of bands and musicians. For the most part, I recorded myself dancing alone in my bedroom after a night out. If you’re gonna be called a poseur, you might as well be good at posing.
Pola-Reds: Confections from the Edge is available at City Lights Bookseller in San Francisco, at Elliott Bay Book company & Rare Medium Gallery in Seattle, and at Nationale in Portland. Images from the book are currently on view at Caffe Vita (Capitol Hill location) in Seattle.
SWEET IDEAS FOR YOUR VALENTINE
For him, we suggest any issue of The Travel Almanac ($18); this simple bottle opener by Areaware (walnut, $14); to wash his face, hair, feet, or dirty work clothes, a cube of traditional Marseille soap (olive oil/ $8); the subtle Danish gum, Stimorol (licorice, $2); and most of all, MCMC’s to fall for natural cologne, Dude No.1 (30 ml / $75). PS: We also have the beard oil!
For her, we’ll have to go with our signature scent, Nationale 6/7 by OLO (9 ml / $45) ‘cos all the ladies are crazy for it (since 2009!); Btwn Wind + Water’s classy fold-over clutches in black motorcycle leather ($70) & their romantic Infinity necklace ($34); Jockum Nordström’s gorgeous book, All I Have Learned and Forgotten Again ($60); and Iacoli & McAllister’s super fun necklaces and Hex paper weights. Gotta love that pink! ($36 - $78).
Also, remember we are having a 20% sale Wednesday through Friday on all accessories & beauty products. It must be LOVE!