William Scharf "Within White"

Meredith Ward Fine Art

poster for William Scharf "Within White"

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The show will feature 15 new paintings by the artist done around the theme of the color white. An illustrated catalogue with an essay by E.A. Carmean will accompany the exhibition.

“William Scharf is a supreme colorist,” said Meredith Ward, President of the Gallery. “With this suite of paintings, he challenged himself to work around the theme of one color, and this exhibition celebrates the extraordinary results of that project.”
Writing for The New York Times in 2004 Michael Kimmelman praised Scharf’s work: “Jostling shapes, geometric and biomorphic, lyrical and hard-edged, refuse to resolve neatly, a bold strategy to keep viewers unsettled and curious, the reward for which are profuse and luscious details….”

For Scharf, color is a powerful expressive and emotive force, which he uses to great effect to convey meaning. He writes: “Is White Truth? Probably no. But I have thought of White as fairness and as a vast paleness where honesty can play while awaiting the red, blue and purple in deceptive and probably awkward behaviors.”

A younger member of the generation of Abstract Expressionist artists, William Scharf (born 1927) has been working and exhibiting his paintings for five decades. In 2000, he was given a retrospective exhibition at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. His work is represented in numerous museums around the country, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Phillips Collection; Reynolda House, Winston Salem, North Carolina; the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; and the Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California.

[Image: William Scharf "Little Angel of the Pike" (2009)]



from April 09, 2010 to May 15, 2010


William Scharf

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