Current Exhibitions

Painting Paris
Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “Painting Paris” featuring both large-scale and small paintings by Shirley Goldfarb. To mention Shirley Goldfarb is to conjure an image of Paris, a city she loved deeply and called home for 26 years. In 1953, she and her husband Gregory Masurovsky moved from Manhattan to Paris, where, like so many others from their generation, they survived on the GI Bill. Goldfarb adopted a purely abstract style, breaking completely with the figurative Expressionism that had characterized her academic training in New York.

The densely chorded knots of paint in Goldfarb’s 1950s abstractions gave way to careful painterly marks eventually made with a pallet knife. The drama of composition in her earlier works was supplanted by the woozy power of all-over color. George Seurat’s influence is particularly pronounced in this development. Indeed, the precisely knifed grids of paint take their cues from pointillism. These works abandon a centerline or obvious compositional motif in favor of the atmospheric power of French Impressionist painting.

Installation

small

Chartres install
Chartres
1971
Oil on canvas
76 4/5 x 118 1/10 inches

Green install
Yellows and Greens
1972
Oil on canvas
76 4/5 x 118 1/10 inches.

Yellow install
Yellow Painting
1967
Oil on canvas
76 4/5 x 118 1/10 inches.

SG57
Untitled
1957
Oil on canvas
7 x 5 1/2 inches

62
Untitled
1962
Oil on paper
9 2/3 x 8 inches

SG1961
Untitled
1961
Oil on paper
5 x 7 7/8 inches

SG62
Untitled
1962
Oil on paper
8 x 5 inches

SG1962
Untitled
1962
Oil on paper
8 x 5 inches

hor62
Untitled
1962
Oil on paper
5 x 8 inches

63
Untitled
1963
Oil on paper
5 x 8 inches

62oc
Untitled
1962
Oil on paper
8 x 5 inches