Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Get stunned by color

Ochi Gallery features modern masters

Express Staff Writer

"Stiletto" by Charles Arnoldi. Oil on aluminum at Ochi Gallery.

The Ochi Gallery in Ketchum will present a new exhibition with works by Gregory Amenoff and Charles Arnoldi. Gallery owner Denis Ochi said both Amenoff and Arnoldi are an "artist's artist"—both are respected and admired by their peers and very passionate about their work.

Arnoldi has been a working artist for over 40 years and lives in Los Angeles. He twice received an artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has received a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship. His works are in several museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Amenoff is chairman of the art department at Columbia University, and is as devoted to painting as he is to teaching. Residing in New York City, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and Tiffany Foundation.

He has had over 50 one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of more than 30 museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He served as president of the National Academy of Design from 2001-2005, and he served on the board of directors of the CUE Art Foundation and as the CUE Art Foundation's curator governor. Amenoff has taught at Columbia for the last 15 years, where he holds the Eve and Herman Gelman Chair of Visual Arts.

Arnoldi and Amenoff share a commitment to art, which includes inspiration from color and beauty as well as form. Arnoldi uses grand and graceful arcs, which sweep across segments of the canvas to create stunning abstractions. Amenoff's paintings include muscular shapes and concentrated color, which create mystical scenes and mysterious illusory effects.

The painters succeed in creating worlds that can only be found in art. Focusing on their respective visions, each achieves a degree of elegance embodying a delightful visual experience with artistic intrigue hinting at the possibility of a more perfect world.

The show will open on Saturday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m. The Ochi Gallery is at 119 Lewis St. in the Ketchum's light industrial district. For details, call 726-8746.

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