Announcement for an upcoming show I have a painting in:
On view from April 4th through April 29th, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9th, 2 to 4pm
“April Flowers,” a group exhibition at the Queens College Art Center, presents floral-themed artworks—paintings and sculptures full of the joys of spring—by 22 artists.
From the vegetal patterns of Islamic tile design to Warhol’s iconic silkscreens of hibiscus blossoms, flowers have long served as artistic inspiration. With a range of color as dazzling as any artist’s palette, they epitomize brevity and beauty. Dutch Golden Age “vanitas” canvases often included flowers—bud, bloom and decay—to symbolize the transience of human existence. Manet’s poignant paintings of bouquets brought to his bedside by friends during his final months are celebrations of life. As he suffered from the side effects of syphilis, the Impressionist painter was revived by flower arrangements, remarking, “I would like to paint them all.”
As the azalea bushes and cherry trees bloom across the Queens College Campus, this exhibit aspires to amplify the sense of renewal and optimism of springtime. The 22 artists in “April Flowers” vary in style, but are united by an ebullient approach to their subject matter.
As Tony Bennett sings:
Beneath the deepest snows
The secret of a rose
Is merely that it knows
You must believe in spring
Xico Greenwald, 2016