Artists, gallerists, and art luminaries from the New York, Connecticut, and Northeast regional art worlds packed Silvermine’s historic galleries for the opening of Highlight: New Canaan. The reception on the evening of April 22nd garnered impressive sales as well as widespread support from the community. Featuring nationally and internationally-known contemporary artists based in New York City and Los Angeles, this special exhibition will be on view through Sunday, May 7.
The exhibition is guest-curated by Paul Efstathiou, a second-generation art dealer and recent Southport resident, and organized by Eleanor Flatow, an art consultant and New Canaan resident. “Highlight: New Canaan represents the latest installment of Silvermine’s ongoing guest-curator program, which is committed to showcasing a wide range of exciting and relevant contemporary art to the community,” said Jeffrey Mueller, Silvermine Gallery Director.
Highlight: New Canaan, the sequel to Efstathiou’s successful Hollis Taggart Galleries Show, Highlight: Summer One, features artists who have had noteworthy exhibitions, have forthcoming shows and have been highlighted and reviewed by national and/or international art publications. Efstathiou brings them together to create a dynamic and diverse show, in accordance with Silvermine’s 96-year history of showcasing such innovative artists as Elaine de Kooning, Mary Frank, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt. Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Richard Pousette-Dart, and James Rosenquist, and connecting the community to broader discussions and explorations occurring in the art world.
For many of the artists this is their debut exhibition in Connecticut, and it is Efstathiou’s first curated Connecticut show. All of the artists challenge and deliberately blend historical genres including Abstract Expressionism, Color field, Comic art, Inuit art, Minimalism, Pop art, and Surrealism. The results are thought-provoking compositions that represent the finest examples of today’s Generation X and Millennial artists.
Artists included in the exhibition are: William Buchina, Elizabeth Cooper, Corydon Cowansage, Marcel Dzama, Ted Gahl, John Knuth, Matt Mignanelli, Evan Robarts, Eric Shaw, Devin Troy Strother, and Anne Vieux.
Front row: Corydon Cowansage, Curator Paul Efstathiou, Elizabeth Cooper. Back row: Matt Mignanelli, Eric Shaw, William Buchina (Photography by Ric Kallaher/contributed photo)
Lead Exhibition Sponsors: James and Amy Bennett Foundation, New Beauty Wellness. Exhibition Sponsors: The Boyd Law Group, PLLC, O’Neill’s Tree Care, Inc., Fatou Niang of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Sponsors: elm restaurant, Ric Kallaher Photography, Red Grape Wine & Spirits, Jeffrey and Catharine Sturgess, Vista Beverage.