Ellen Phelan Exhibition

Tanja Grunert Gallery

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Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert present the first major survey of Ellen Phelan’s works on paper from 1964 to the present. As Phelan says, “Shifts in my work always take shape on paper first,” and this “encyclopedia” exhibition features more than 130 works in a variety of media including oil, watercolor, pastel and gouache, as well as encaustic, stencil rubbings, sumi ink, cut and folded pieces, and collage. This diverse series of works, presented together for the first time and including several never before exhibited works from the artist’s private collection, highlight the works’ juxtapositions and interconnections, and reveal fascinating insight into the acclaimed artist who consistently avoided style in favor
of invention.

Ellen Phelan’s prolific career spans almost 50 years – from her academic years in her hometown Detroit during the Cass Corridor avant-garde art scene; a counterculture sojourn in San Francisco from 1964 through the summer of love in 1967; and her move east in 1973 to a financially collapsed but artistically thriving New York City that has remained her home ever since.

Ellen Phelan, born in Detroit, Michigan 1943, lives and works in New York. She received her BFA/MA/MFA Wayne State University, Detroit.



from May 01, 2012 to June 02, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-05-01 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ellen Phelan

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