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March 01 - April 28, 2012

Stephen Antonakos (b. 1926) Untitled (JY #10) 1977...

Stephen Antonakos (b. 1926)

Untitled (JY #10)


Ebony pencil and colored pencil on vellum

19 x 13 1/2 in; 48.3 x 34.3 cm

Framed dimensions: 25 5/8 x 20 1/16 x 1 1/2 in; 65.1 x 51 x 3.8 cm

Numbered, signed and dated, bottom center: JY#10 Antonakos 1977

Richard Artschwager (b. 1923) Mirror 1988 Formica...

Richard Artschwager (b. 1923)



Formica and enamel on wood

30 3/8 x 24 3/8 x 3 7/8 in; 77.2 x 61.9 x 9.8 cm

Edition 7/25

Matthew Barney (b. 1967) A Pele da Lamina 2004 Col...

Matthew Barney (b. 1967)

A Pele da Lamina


Color-coupler print in artist's high density polyethylene frame

28 1/2 x 19 1/2 in; 72.4 x 49.5 cm

Edition 5/50

Ashley Bickerton (b. 1959) Canoe 2008 Acrylic and...

Ashley Bickerton (b. 1959)



Acrylic and digital print on canvas in carved wood, coconut, mother of pearl, and coin inlaid artist frame

30 1/3 x 36 1/4 x 4 1/8 in; 77 x 92 x 10.5 cm

Signed and dated on verso: Bickerton 2010

Varujan Boghosian (b. 1926) American Bouquet 1997...

Varujan Boghosian (b. 1926)

American Bouquet


Mixed media construction

27 7/8 x 19 5/8 x 2 in; 70.8 x 49.8 x 5.1 cm

Signed and dated twice on verso: Varujan Boghosian 1997

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) Carrousel - Lanner Walt...

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)

Carrousel - Lanner Waltzes


Printed paper collage mounted on panel in artist's frame

18 x 21 7/8 x 1 7/8 in; 45.7 x 55.6 x 4.8 cm

Neil Jenney (b. 1945) Built Boat and Boat Builder...

Neil Jenney (b. 1945)

Built Boat and Boat Builder

1969, frame remade by the artist 2011

Acrylic on canvas

Framed dimensions: 57 3/4 x 75 3/4 x 3 3/4 in; 146.7 x 192.4 x 9.5 cm

Signed and dated on verso: Neil Jenney New York 1969

Robert Mangold (b. 1937) Red Frame/Yellow Ellipse...

Robert Mangold (b. 1937)

Red Frame/Yellow Ellipse


Acrylic and black pencil on canvas

52 1/2 x 78 1/2 in; 133.4 x 199.4 cm

John Marin (1870-1953) Winter, From My Back Window...

John Marin (1870-1953)

Winter, From My Back Window, Cliffside, New Jersey


Oil on canvas

27 x 22 in; 68.6 x 55.9 cm

Signed and dated, lower right: Marin 29

Arthur Segal (1875-1944) Regenbogen (prismatisch)...

Arthur Segal (1875-1944)

Regenbogen (prismatisch)


Oil on canvas with painted wood frame

41 1/2 x 33 3/4 in; 105.4 x 85.7 cm

Signed, bottom right: A. Segal

Dated, bottom left: 1924

Signed on stretcher bar

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Press Release

"Framing always sustains and contains that which, by itself, collapses forthwith." Jacques Derrida

"[T]he frame is the reward of the artist." Edgar Degas

Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to present Frameworks, an innovative group exhibition that examines the role of the frame in modern and contemporary art.

For centuries, the frame had been considered external to the work of art—a structuring device that mediated the boundary between the space of the viewer and the painted world of illusion. A number of modern and contemporary artists, however, have turned this tradition on its head, taking the frame as raw material for a variety of formal investigations.

This exhibition will feature work by artists that play with notions of framing, either by creating their own frames, subsuming the frame into the work, or incorporating framing elements into the content of their compositions. For example, Robert Mangold's Frame/Ellipse paintings make use of a diptych format, in which one element features a dynamically shaped aperture that frames the literal space of the wall. Yayoi Kusama has frequently painted the frames of her works with her signature dots or nets, enveloping the entirety of her objects with her psychologically charged inner vision. Neil Jenney has a long history of making his paintings' frames, as he recognizes the key role they play in staging pictorial illusion. He always inscribes his titles on the lower framing bar, creating tension between text and image. Arthur Segal's painted frames extend his signature cosmic abstraction to the picture's outermost limits—a gesture he considered to be an expression of art's unity with elemental, universal forces. Stephen Antonakos often creates fractured framing motifs that give his work a playful instability. Other artists in the exhibition will include Richard Artschwager, Matthew Barney, Varujan Boghosian, Joseph Cornell, and John Marin among others.

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