The Anita Shapolsky Gallery presents A Non-Objective Couple, an exhibition featuring partners Sonia Gechtoff and James Kelly. The show features some of the remaining works of these artists’ oeuvres.

Inspired by poetry, particularly by their contemporaries of the Beat generation, Gechtoff, Kelly, and their peers viewed painting as the visual component of literature, engaging distant figuration, swirling motifs, and representations of verbal expression in their paintings. In 1958, the couple moved to New York City, where Gechtoff continues her painting practice to this day at 90 years of age.

Sonia Gechtoff (b. 1926) is considered one of the most influential female Abstract Expressionists. She crafted her signature style using a loaded palette knife to create vibrant, gestural strokes at large scales. Her work is part of numerous international museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, Currently, Gechtoff is one of the twelve women featured in the traveling Denver Art Museum exhibition, “Women of Abstract Expressionism”, curated by Gwen Chanzit.

James Kelly (1913-2003) had a career which spanned nearly seven decades. While his work in his native Philadelphia had a much more geometric quality, his move to California in 1950 changed his style to gestural, using thick impasto oil paint and swirling. Kelly’s work is part of many permanent collections including The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Los Angeles Museum of Art, The Harvard University Art Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

For more information, email or call 212-452-1094.

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11am–6pm, Saturday by appointment.

A Non-Objective Couple continues at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery (152 East 65th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan) through July, 2017.

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