Detroit, MI 48226
Featured in our first viewing room for the ADAA, David Klein Gallery is pleased to offer a preview of our upcoming summer exhibitions Elise Ansel: Palimpsest and Al Held: Watercolors. In each body of work, Ansel and Held translate Old Master paintings, especially work from the Italian Renaissance, into a contemporary pictorial language. Using an idiom of energetic gestural abstraction, Ansel mines art historical imagery for color and narrative structure, abstracting and interrupting representational content in order to excavate and transform meanings and messages embedded in the work. Ansel examines the impact of authorial agency and addresses the myriad subtle ways that gender, identity and belief systems of the artist are reflected in the art. Held, started making watercolors in 1988 after he purchased a home in Camerata di Todi, Italy. He was always dissatisfied with two-dimensional space and in his later work, he was able to masterfully create the illusion of depth and movement on a flat surface. The watercolors, with their intense color and pure geometry, are an intimate, contemporary response to the great 14th and 15th Century Renaissance paintings that surrounded him in Italy.