Botanica:
The Secret Life
of Plants

February 8 - May 5, 1990

Organized by Susan Hoeltzel and
Nina Castelli Sundell

                                                                                     
Introduction

 

 

 

About the Artists


Thirty-four year old Dutch-born painter Ed Albers apprenticed to a restorer of stained glass windows in cathedrals in Holland before emigrating to the United States in 1975. He studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., and was a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1987.


Albers's works have been exhibited in the United States since 1977 at the Corcoran Gallery and the Grace Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 1989 he had one-person exhibitions at the Fawbush Gallery, New York, and the Galería Moriarty, Madrid, Spain. Last year Albers participated in group exhibitions at the Fawbush Gallery, Stamford Museum, Connecticut; and the Seibu Museum, Tokyo.

Honduran-born artist, Francisco Alvarado-Juarez, came to the United States in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1974 and studied at the International Center for Photography in New York City. Since 1982 he has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; a United Nations Children's Fund Commission; two Arlington Arts Center awards; second prize from the Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour Competition; a Carton de Venezuela Serigraph Print Commission; a D.C. Commission on the Arts fellowship, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 1987 to 1988. Alvarado-Juarez has exhibited widely in the United States, South and Central America and in Europe. His work was seen in New York City in 1989 at BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, and in 1988 at 101 Wooster Gallery, New York; DNC Exhibition Space, New York, and in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art in 1989 and at The Alternative Museum, and at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Fashion Moda, in 1988. Alvarado-Juarez's painting are in the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem.


Joe Andoe was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma , in 1955, and received Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where he also taught in the graduate school. He currently resides and works in New York City, where his paintings have been seen in one-person exhibitions at the BlumHelman Gallery and at the Tom Cugliani Gallery. Andoe has participated in group exhibitions in the New York area since 1982. In 1989 his paintings were seen in "Reinvention of a Painting," Rastovsky Gallery; "Joe Andoe, Katherine Bowling, Li Lin Lee," at the BlumHelman Gallery and in 1988 at the Tom Cugliani Gallery, DIA Art Foundation, and the Jack Tilton Gallery.

Barbara Ess was born in Brooklyn in 1948. She was educated at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she studied literature and philosophy; at Stamford University, Palo Alto, California, and at the London School of Film Technique, England. Ess received a New York State CAPS grant in 1982-83 and a LINE grant in 1981 and 1982 for the publication of artists' books. From 1978 to 1983 she edited Just Another Asshole, a project presenting the works of artists in changing formats. Ess has shown her photographs as well as presented her music and art performances in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has performed and recorded music with the Glenn Branca Ensemble, with her own bands as well as performed solo music pieces. Ess's work has been exhibited in New York in one person exhibitions at the Curt Marcus Gallery, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Cable Gallery, and in group shows "Memory and Artifact: Romanticism Revisited," Barbara Fendrick Gallery.



Mike Glier was born in Kentucky, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts and a master's degree from Hunter College. He also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Glier is the recipient of a fellowship from the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a grant from the Whitney Museum of American Art for independent study, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in drawing. His installations and large wall drawings have been prominent in galleries and museums since 1979. Most recently he has had one-person exhibitions in New York City at Wave Hill and at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery. Glier has been a frequent participant in major group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. In 1988 and 1989, New York audiences viewed his work in group shows at the Nina Freudenheim Gallery; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, Equitable Center; the Whitney Museum of American Art, Federal Reserve and at The Center.

 

Roberto Juarez was born in Chicago in 1952. He currently resides and works in New York and Miami Beach, Florida. His early canvases have been widely acclaimed throughout the United States and in Europe since his first exhibitions in 1977. His work was seen in this area in 1988 and 1989 in one-person exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio and at the Robert Miller Gallery; since 1987 in group shows at the Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio, as well as at the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition. Juarez's paintings are represented in numerous corporate collections as well as in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, and Rutgers University Museum.


Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer, born in Floral Park, New York, in 1946, died of AIDS on March 9, 1989. The artist received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1970. A current retrospective exhibition, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Chicago and traveling to the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut, the University of California, Berkeley and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, follows an independent survey of Mapplethorpe's work at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1988). Mapplethorpe began his career as an independent film maker and used photography within his sculptured collages and constructions. Since 1976 his work has been seen in one-person exhibitions in New York City at The Light Gallery, The Kitchen, the Robert Samuel Gallery, the Robert Miller Gallery, Hardison Fine Arts Gallery, and the Palladium. The artist was a collector of photographs, furniture, fabrics, and art objects; a designer of furniture and a much-sought- after commercial artist.

 

California-born landscape painter Joan Nelson received a B.F.A degree from Washington University, St. Louis, and a Max Beckman Memorial Scholarship from the Brooklyn Museum. Her work is represented in New York in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. Since 1982, Nelson has participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States. In New York City in "Representing Landscape," at the New York Studio School; "The Objective World", at the Scott Hanson Gallery; "Abstraction as Landscape," Gallery Urban; "Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting," the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Equitable Center; "1989 Biennial Exhibition", Whitney Museum of American Art; "Landscape: A Travelogue Painted from Memory, Imagination or Reality", Ruth Siegel Gallery, Ltd. In 1989 and 1990 her work will have been viewed in "Painting Beyond the Death of Painting", (American Imagistic and Abstract Work) in Moscow, USSR, and in Perth, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, in "Romance and Irony." Nelson's paintings were viewed in one-person exhibitions in New York City in 1989 at the Robert Miller Gallery.


Alexis Rockman was born in New York City in 1962 and studied at the Art Students League; the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; and at the School of Visual Arts. He has exhibited regularly since 1985 at Jay Gorney Modern Art ('86, '87, '88, '89) in New York and in Los Angeles, at the Michael Fox Gallery ('85, '86, '87, '88, '89). Rockman participated in group exhibitions in 1989 at the Fawbush Gallery, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria; the New York State Museum, Albany; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers; and the Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles..



Ann Sperry, born in the Bronx, graduated from the High School of Music and Arts, New York City, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Her works have been commissioned by the Seattle Arts Commission and can be viewed throughout this country and abroad in public and corporate collections, most notably at the Tel Aviv Museum; the New York Public Library; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris; Storm King Art Center; The Everson Museum; the Getty Collection: Rose Art Museum of Brandeis Jerusalem Foundation. Sperry has been active as a panelist and lecturer. She was guest artist at the Studio School in 1989; in 1988 at the University of Oregon and at the High School for the Humanities, in 1987 at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.

 

Since 1987 she has had one person exhibitions in the New York area at the Jayne Baum Gallery; The Sculpture Center; Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor. She has participated in group exhibits at the Katonah Gallery, as well as in "Three Sculptors," Connecticut Gallery, Marlborough.



Identical twins, Mike and Doug Starn were born in 1961 in Absecon, New Jersey. They discovered photography when, together, they prepared for a junior high school science project. Their collaboration developed during their studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which they attended from 1980 to 1985. In the last five years their multi-part photographic images have been acquired by major museums in the United States and Europe; in New York City, by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1989, the Starn Twins showed their work in one-person and group exhibitions in New York at the Leo Castelli Gallery, the Stux Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation. They are recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a fellowship in photography from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts, and a Fifth Year Traveling Scholarship Award from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Michelle Stuart, who was born in California, currently resides and works in New York City and Oregon. Stuart studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, The New School for Social Research, as well as in Europe. Stuart's work and exhibition history reflect her worldwide travels; one-person exhibits in 28 states and Washington, D.C., and at least 18 foreign countries. Stuart has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State CAPS, Ford Foundation, and Tamarind Institute; fellowships from the Mac Dowell foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Finnish Art Association, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Ford Foundation and an artist-in-residence grant from the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Curin University of Technology. In this area Stuart's work can be viewed in the public collections of the American Express Company, Chase Manhattan Bank, Equitable Life Assurance Society, International Paper Company, the Museum of Modern Art, Neuroscience Research Foundation, the Swiss Bank in Manhattan, The Brooklyn Museum, The SUNY at Purchase, New York.

 

Meg Webster was born in San Francisco in 1944, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. She currently lives and works in New York City. Webster's work has been exhibited since 1980 when a sculpture was installed on Leavenworth Street, San Francisco. She has exhibited in New York in one-person shows at the Donald Judd Ground Floor Space, Art Galaxy, and the Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Since 1988 Webster's work has been represented in group exhibitions in New York in "Media Post Media", at the Scott Hanson Gallery; "A Deer Manger, A Dress Pattern, Farthest Sea Water, and a Signature", at the 303 Gallery; "Pre-Pop Post-Appropriation", at the Stux Gallery, "Towards Form", Greenberg Wilson Gallery; "Clegg and Guttmann, Andreas Gursky, Meg Webster", 303 Gallery.


Terry Winters was born in 1949 in Brooklyn and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1981. His work has been on view since 1977 when he participated in two group shows, at P.S. 1,, Long Island City, and at The Drawing Center, New York. Solo exhibitions in '82, '84, '86, and '87 at the Sonnabend Gallery and at Castelli Graphics, Barbara Krakow Gallery, and Editions Ilene Kurtz in New York have been complemented by active participation in numerous group exhibitions in this country, Europe, and Japan. In 1988 New York audiences viewed Winters' work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Vivian Horan Fine Arts, Castelli Graphics, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and in 1989, at the Marisa Del Re Gallery and the Sonnabend Gallery.



—Elisabeth Lorin