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Benny Andrews (1930-2006), Circle, 1973, oil on twelve linen canvases with painted fabric and mixed media collage, 120 x 288 inches / 304.8 x 731.5 cm

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery at The Armory Show 2021

September 9-12, 2021 / New York, New York


Visit Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Booth 317 and Platform

Inspired by the ancient Greek symbol of the phoenix—a bird reborn out of the ashes of its decayed predecessor—Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s Armory Show exhibition will focus on rebirth and transformation, presenting a selection of museum-quality works by artists central to the gallery’s program. Our booth presentation will feature paintings, sculpture and works on paper evoking themes of hope and transcendence. Constituting the gallery's first in-person exhibition beyond its own walls since the pandemic began, the selection will span nearly a century of American art, including both abstract and figurative compositions thematically unified by explorations of natural, spiritual and personal reawakening.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery will also be included in The Armory Show’s Platform presentation, a specially curated section of the fair reserved for large-scale or site-specific works. Titled Can you hear the fault lines breathing? and curated by Claudia Schmuckli, Platform will include eight works speaking to the possibilities for unifying divided institutions through empathy. On view from Michael Rosenfeld Gallery will be the monumentally scaled Benny Andrews mural titled Circle (Bicentennial Series) (1973). Comprising twelve adjacent canvases and measuring  overall 120" x 288" / 304.8 x 731.5 cm, the painting’s composition symbolizes the Black experience in the United States through the portrayal of an individual’s trauma born of America's racist past and present. Surreal in style and rich in interpretive possibility, Circle is an enduring testament to the country’s ongoing struggle toward collective reconciliation and racial justice.

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