NEW YORK, NY — Monica King Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by André Gregory from October 10 through November 7, 2020. The presentation features recent works on paper and paintings by the NYC-based artist, who is also a legendary theatre director, filmmaker, writer, and actor. Gregory, along with Wallace Shawn, wrote and starred in the universally acclaimed 1981 movie, My Dinner with Andre. His memoir, aptly titled This Is Not My Memoir, is coming out November 17, 2020 (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). This will be the artist’s first exhibition with Monica King Contemporary.
Gregory began painting 16 years ago after his wife, the filmmaker Cindy Kleine suggested that he take an art class during a particularly stressful period in his life. This journey quickly became a passion, which the artist recently told The New York Times “taught him a new way of seeing.” Through the depiction of primarily domestic objects, such as potted cacti on a windowsill against the backdrop of a cityscape and floral arrangements backdropped by patterned wallpaper, Gregory’s work at first conveys a sense of tranquility that is interrupted by somber undercurrents. The forms in Gregory’s dreamlike compositions come to life through his intuitive artistic gestures. Gregory approaches each work with a desire to experience reality as though it was for the first time. This new way of seeing is wrought through his impressionistic depictions of light and color with instinctive flickers of paint and broad panes of color that play with perceptions of time and space.
For her recent New York Times article on Gregory’s work and this exhibition, Kate Guadagnino describes his work as “a way of providing a balm, to artist and viewer alike, in a calamitous era” to which Gregory mused that “we live in almost Old Testament times, with plagues and insane kings. It’s crucial that we look at those things critically but also try to feel hope and joy. The grief isn’t the whole story.”
The gallery will host a preview open house on Saturday, October 10th from 11 AM – 7 PM. The artist will be present via Zoom.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
André Gregory (b. 1934) is an esteemed theater director, writer, actor, and artist based in New York City. He was born in France and, as a young child, fled the country shortly before the Nazi occupation. In the 1960s and 70s, Gregory directed avant-garde theater and founded the theatrical company The Manhattan Project. His best-known film performance was as the title character in My Dinner with Andre (1981), directed by Louis Malle in which he and Wallace Shawn, playing characters based on themselves, have a long conversation over dinner. They discuss Gregory's spiritual sojourn in Europe and his doubts about the future of theatre and of Western civilization in general. Although Gregory left the theatre in 1975, he has returned several times to direct small and often intimate productions. In 2009, Gregory directed Wallace Shawn’s play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London; and also worked with Shawn on a new version of Isben’s The Master Builder in 2013-2014. Since taking up painting, the artist has approached the making of art with the same exuberance as his continued path in theatre and film. The artist’s distinctive paintings are now in a number of esteemed private collections, and he has had exhibitions in galleries in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts, among others.
ABOUT MONICA KING CONTEMPORARY
Monica King Contemporary was opened by gallerist Monica King in fall of 2019 at 39 Lispenard Street in Tribeca. The gallery program, headed by the 17-year art world veteran is dedicated to an unwavering vision of equally supporting emerging, mid-career, and established artists in a manner that both builds and continues to nourish individual artist careers; encourages collectors from all walks of life to approach art with an unmistakable sense of curiosity and joy; and celebrates the vital contribution that contemporary art brings to our collective society and to each of our individual souls. Since opening last September, Monica King Contemporary has been featured in Artforum, Artnet, ARTnews, The Art Newspaper, The Observer, and Whitewall among others.
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