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JOSEPH DRAPELL:  “The Nude Continued”

The artist known for his abstract painting is also known for continuous renewal of his art. Drapell challenges our notions of his work by unexpected themes and his forays into vulgar colour combinations and “vulgar” torso/nude layouts. These works continue to explore the last year’s direction exhibited under the ambitious title “The Nude and the Art of Painting”. (Shown November 2008). 

All the works in the new exhibition are of high-key, intense colour and of modest size, all painted in 2009. The only exception is the large triptych “Birth of The Male” (in the back, above photo), which was painted in 1999 and originally titled “Rebirth”.

At that time the artist did not know that it was finished, and set it aside. Two statements can illuminate something about this: Dominique Ingres famously said, “Time finishes my works” while Carlo Amantea, stated, “Time is the essence of vision.” “Birth of The Male” was found by chance earlier this year during a studio re-organization, when the artist was shipping his giant blue painting “North Wind” 2008 to The Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, where it is currently installed. Its size 20 feet x 10 feet required a studio re-organization, during which this triptych was discovered. 

FREE ADMISSION
Opening June 13, exhibition continues to August 8, 2009.
OPEN every
Saturday 2-4 PM during June only, July and August by appointment,

(contact Anna Maclachlan, phone 416-603-4111)
Museum of New New Painters


123 Bellwoods Ave (lane back), Toronto, M6J 2P6
(6 streets West of Bathurst, North of Queen)




 

 

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