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Robert Berry Gallery Announces Truth in the Face of Reality: Non-Objective Art in the 21st Century, New Show Featuring Rising Stars of Abstract Art

06-28-2021 09:26 AM CET | Arts & Culture

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Benjamin Weaver and Jennifer Small

Benjamin Weaver and Jennifer Small

Robert Berry Gallery, a premier New York City-based art gallery dedicated to innovative contemporary art, announced its virtual exhibition, Truth in the Face of Reality: Non-Objective Art in the 21st Century, featuring artists from New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Kyoto, Yi Xing, and Cluj-Napoca. The show will open on Friday, June 25, 2021 at www.RobertBerryGallery.com.

Since its inception in 2014, the gallery’s specialty is identifying and working collaboratively with emerging 21st-century artists whose work has the ability to influence society positively and powerfully. Truth in the Face of Reality: Non-Objective Art in the 21st Century highlights abstract painters that have dedicated their studio practices to carrying the flame of non-objective art into the 21st Century. The gallery aims to refocus the art market on the next generation of abstract artists.

Robert Berry Gallery is exhibiting non-objective gallery artists Alex Cao, David Kastner, Ned Martin, Tom McFarland, Ned Martin, Taney Roniger, John Ruby, Jennifer Small, and Leonardo Silaghi, and is pleased to introduce Nick Aguayo, Peter Anton, Jonathan Apgar, William Bradley, Paula Cahill, Melanie Comber, Brandon Dunlap, Sebastian Helling, Tamiko Kawata, Michael John Kelly, Alex Kroll, Gena Milanesi, Javier Pelaezg, Josh Rowell, Silka Schwietzer, and Benjamin Weaver.

Non-objective art is abstract or non-representational art. It tends to be geometric and does not represent specific objects, people, or other subjects found in the natural world. At the turn of the 20th century numerous artists were “discovering” abstract art at the same time. An early adopter of both abstraction and arguing about the founder of abstraction was Wassily Kandinsky who claimed that he created the first abstract painting in 1911, but further research proves he was not the first at all. Some arguments for the first non-objective artist call Swedish-artist Hilma af Klint as the first abstractionist who made her first non-objective painting in 1906, but in the summer of 1871, Georgiana Houghton was busy preparing for the opening of her very first art exhibition, Spirit Drawings in Water Colors, to be held at the New British Gallery on London’s Bond Street. The prolific artist presented prepared a grouping of sweeping non-objective works that were truly groundbreaking for the time. To be expected, her work did not receive a warm welcome. There has also been argument for Victor Hugo was making abstract works with washes of blue and black ink during exile in the 1850s and 1860s, but most relate to landscape, so are not truly the first non-objective works.

The artists in this show are all up-and-coming non-objective artists who have studied the early masters of abstraction and are using their foundation to build and experiment upon and chronicles the rise and development of non-objective painting into the 21st century. Non-objective painting is not only abstraction by another name, but a separate focus that aims to completely separate abstraction from any elements of reliance upon anything from the natural world. Major non-objective works in this exhibition include William Bradley’s first exhibited three-dimensional painting Peek-A-Boo! made from numerous layers of canvas and cardboard; Peter Anton’s first ever abstract painting Composition I with the same resin and bright colors from his chocolate boxes; Gena Milanesi’s mixed media The Second Portal that features dense and ornate brushwork in thousands of layers.

For further information, please contact Robert Berry at 212-203-3661 or Robert@RobertBerryGallery.com, or visit www.RobertBerryGallery.com.

510 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Robert Berry Gallery is based on 20 years of expertise with the objective of identifying world-changing art. With a mission to identify and work collaboratively with emerging 21st century artists, whose work has the ability to positively and powerfully influence society, Robert Berry Gallery is a virtual gallery that finds and promotes the best artists of the post-digital world we live in. We work with art industry professionals, galleries, museums as well as advanced and beginning art collectors to establish award-winning collections that are both meaningful and hold long-term value. We secure the best artists across every medium from all over the world: painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, digital art, sound art, video art, and everything in between. All the artists we exhibit offer the public the highest quality in their respective style. In 2020, the gallery has migrated from pop-up project spaces to digitally-based exhibitions that can showcase new works of art that provoke the emotions of the viewer, without the rigidity and high overhead that the brick-and-mortar model the art world has historically held onto. With a focus on service and excellence, we help clients find the perfect pieces for their diverse spaces. We will even help you figure out where to put it, and show you how it will look. The gallery offers innovative art you won’t find anywhere else, viewable and clickable in a virtual gallery. Robert Berry Gallery hosts several shows a year, representing early to mid-career contemporary artists including Alex Cao, Machiko Edmondson, David Kastner, Ned Martin, Tom McFarland, Matt Roe, Taney Roniger, John Ruby, Leonardo Silaghi, and Jennifer Small.

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