Sandro Chia Exhibition

Marc Straus

poster for Sandro Chia Exhibition

This event has ended.

It has been almost a decade since Sandro Chia showed new paintings in New York. Marc Straus
Gallery, who now represents the Italian artist, presents a body of new paintings in a landmark

To commemorate this inaugural exhibition, the artist Chia will be in dialogue with art critic Donald
Kuspit, discussing the new paintings, his career and Chia’s location in the history of 20th century

Marc Straus, Sandro Chia and Donald Kuspit invite you to join them in conversation on Saturday,
February 18th, at 3pm, at MARC STRAUS Gallery, 299 Grand Street New York NY 10002.
The talk is open to public and will last for about one hour. Seats are very limited and on a first
come first serve basis. The talk starts promptly at 3pm. Please arrive early as this talk will fill
up quickly.

Sandro Chia (born in Florence, Italy, 1946) was among the foremost painters to emerge in the early 80’s.
Represented by both Leo Castelli and Sperone in New York, he was a part of the Neo-Expressionist
movement that sought to re-emphasize color and figurative representation. His bold and lush paintings were
featured in almost every major museum exhibition benchmarking that era including Zeitgeist (Berlin) in 1982.
In an illustrious career spanning almost five decades, some of his milestones include the Biennale of Paris,
San Paolo and three iterations of the Venice Biennale.

Sandro Chia studied at the Istituto d’Arte and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. His work is
included in many prestigious public and private collections including MoMa, New York, Stedelijk Museum,
Amsterdam, the Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and
Tate, London. Solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Villa Medici, Rome and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague. He is represented
in New York by MARC STRAUS.

Donald Kuspit (born March 26, 1935) is an American art critic, poet, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of
art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and former professor of art
history at the School of Visual Arts. Kuspit is one of America’s most distinguished art critics with many
accolades such as the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism in 1983, the Tenth Annual
Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Newington-Cropsey Foundation in 2008 and in 2014 he was the
first recipient of the Gabarron Foundation Award for Cultural Thought. He has received fellowships from the
Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the
Humanities, Guggenheim Foundation, and Asian Cultural Council, among other organizations. He has
doctorates in philosophy (University of Frankfurt) and art history (University of Michigan), as well as degrees
from Columbia University, Yale University, and Pennsylvania State University.

He has written numerous articles, exhibition reviews, catalogue essays, lectured at many universities and art
schools, curated many exhibitions, and edited several series for UMI Research Press and the Cambridge
University Press. Among his books are The Critic Is Artist: The Intentionality of Art (Ann Arbor: UMI
Research Press, 1984); The End of Art (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004) and many, many
more. He has written monographs on individual artists, serves as a contributing editor for several art
magazines, and published several books of poetry.



from February 15, 2017 to April 02, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-02-15 from 18:00 to 20:00


Sandro Chia

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