Andrew Balkin (b.  1947) Convergence II, 2010

Andrew Balkin: Spatial Constructs

Hollis Taggart Galleries is pleased to present Andrew Balkin.· Spatial Constructs. Andrew Balkin constructs dynamic dialectics between the "void" and meticulously drawn geometric spaces. His images come from a blank slate, a 'Tabula Rasa' that Balkin constructs and deconstructs intuitively to create space with new objects from positive lines and tones. He does this painstakingly, evolving his personal content-images, until he develops a supra-structure that defines a new visionary geometric realm.

Balkin has embraced the traditions of non-objective art with roots in the Russian Suprematists, Latin American Constructionists, and American Geometric Abstractionists. From his early in-depth studies of 18th, 19th, and 20th Century philosophies, Balkin's drawings and constructions emerge beyond, to reflect this ongoing dialectic in his work. Balkin's new work has evolved with increased intricacies and exquisite geometries, which exemplifies his departure from any formal pictorial narrative. Thereby, the viewer is invited to awaken their sensibilities to a new heightened and joyful aesthetic experience.

Born in Niagara Falls, New York in 1947, Balkin enrolled in the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the 1960s, during the politically tumultuous events occurring on campus and in the nation. Often his classes were interrupted and stopped by sit-ins, riots and marches. During those influential years, he studied and completed multiple degrees, first in philosophy, and later in studio arts. After leaving academia, Balkin established AGB Graphics Workshop, in Madison, Wisconsin, where he created his studio in the tradition of open European workshops, such as the former Atelier 17, in Paris. The workshop published three critical portfolio editions that included a total of thirty-seven etchings, by nationally and internationally recognized artists. He worked with artists such as Bruce Nauman, Ed Paschke, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Roger Brown, Krishna Reddy, Martin Levine, Munio Makuuchi, David Becker, John Wilde, Alan Shields, William Wiley, and Michelle Grabner, to name but a few.

After 9/11, Balkin re-focused more on his own art, concentrating first and foremost on drawings, and later on creating three-dimensional constructions. Spending long hours with focused attention to his meticulous drawings, first on glass, then on paper, he began to create a variety of multi-dimensional constructions. Using the intrinsic elements of his drawings, Balkin has incorporated two-dimensional drawings on to three-dimensional planes, which ignites further the expansion of space. His finished constructions thus attempt to create a fourth-dimensional realm. He continues to work, through his drawing of tone and line, to develop new spatial and dynamic constructs, both on paper and in mixed media constructions.

Andrew Balkin's work is in the collections of numerous institutions, both public and private, including the National Museum of American Art-Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Palm Springs Art Museum. His work has been exhibited in numerous juried group shows, among them the Brooklyn Museum of Art, (curated by the late Gene Baro), The Chazen Museum (formerly The Elvehjem Museum of Art), 1980 Wisconsin Biennale (curated by the late Henry Geldzahler), and The Milwaukee Art Museum, among others.

Upcoming Events

  • January 16 - February 2, 2019
  • London, United Kingdom

Matteo Cordero

PUBLIC Gallery
17 Amhurst Terrace
London, United Kingdom

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 GEORGE HENRY SMILLIE, American (1840-1921), River Landscape with Mountain View, oil on canvas, signed, 20 x 30 inches, Estimate:$3,000-5,000
  • January 16-24, 2019
  • Milford, Connecticut
  • January 16 - March 1, 2019
  • New York , New York
Chinese Export Porcelain Large Punch Bowl, Circa 1780.
  • January 16-20, 2019
  • New York, New York

The New York Antique Ceramics Fair is Back in January 2019

The Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, New York

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VIJA CELMINS, Night Sky 3, 2003
  • January 17-20, 2019
  • San Francisco, California

FOG DESIGN + ART

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Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
San Francisco, California

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Charles Sheeler, Meta-Mold, 1952.  Oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 31 inches, signed and dated lower right.
  • January 18-27, 2019
  • New York, New York

Jonathan Boos Exhibiting at The Winter Show

The Winter Show

Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, New York

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Michele Pred
  • January 18-20, 2019

UNTITLED Art, San Francisco

Pier 35, January 18 – 20, 2019, with over 60 leading international exhibitors

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Mark Fell, Intermetamorphosis, Performance installation at Serralves Porto, November 2017
  • January 19 - April 21, 2019
  • Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Mother-and-child oil portrait painting by Mexican-born Louisiana artist José Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza (1750-1802), one of two Salazars in the auction (est.  $80,000-$120,000).
  • January 19-20, 2019
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

Crescent City Auction Gallery, Jan. 19-20

Crescent City Auction Gallery
1330 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Mary Stevens Fish’s 1879 painting, “Yosemite,” will be on exhibit in “Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960” at the Pasadena Museum of History Sept.  29-March 31.  (Photo courtesy of Maurine St.  Gaudens and Joseph Morsman).
Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960
Pasadena History Museum
September 29, 2018 - March 31, 2019
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