The Anita Shapolsky Gallery is pleased to present Visual Philosophy, an exhibition featuring the transcendental, mystical and philosophical works of Michiko Itatani, Buffie Johnson, William Manning, and Jeanne Miles.

The artists in this Visual Philosophy, though very different, have subtle interactions. Michiko Itatani’s paintings from her series Starry Night Encounter with crusty surfaces makes you feel you are surrounded by celestial zones. They are utopian landscapes that send you to another level of existence. Michiko is a professor at The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work resides in numerous national and international public collections.

Buffie Johnson passed away in 2006 at age 94. Johnson was relentless in finding the means to visualize extended consciousness. She was one of the few to have contributed to the development of two of the key post-war art movements; abstract expressionism, and feminist art. Her paintings transmit a profound conception of the interconnectedness of human civilization.

William Manning portrays his paintings as physical objects (as does Jeanne Miles). His work is inspired by the natural landscape of Maine. The viewer is allowed multiple ways to visually unfold his work, coming off the wall and on the floor. He considers them to be three dimensional paintings. He uses abstract and color planes which convey depth, contemplation, spirituality and gestural movements which display spontaneity, movement and action in all of the media in which he works.

Jeanne Miles was a follower of Theosophy who called herself a purist. Circles, squares and triangles appeared in her work after her studies with Ouspensky. At times she used gold and platinum leaves in her paintings to achieve high mystical expression and richness to her geometric forms.

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

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

Visual Philosophy continues at Anita Shapolsky Gallery (152 East 65th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan) through October 28.

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