Image by Russell Connor

Russell Connor : Why be Blue?

February 1, 2005 - February 27, 2005
Opening Reception:
Tuesday February 1, 2005 from 6 - 9 p.m.

Russell Connor's paintings, on view February 1-27, 2005, at the Ward-Nasse Gallery at 178 Prince Street inspired The New York Times to write, "Magically, Connor whisks away the artifice of art history to forge some deeper connections, and makes us smile all the while." The new show, called "Why Be Blue?" features prominently his startling variations on Thomas Gainsborough's famous "Blue Boy."

Connor described the work as follows, "I had been mixing masterpieces together to make new stories, new compositions, for a long time. I decided to shift to making variations of one painting. The "Blue Boy" was everywhere, on calendars and postcards, when I was young. I thought, "this kid has been prancing around in satin, bows, and ruffles for two hundred years; it's time he lightened up about color." Gainsborough himself had hardly been realistic, dressing his subject in a Cavalier costume from the 17th century. These paintings are a way to dramatically separate color from form.

Connor's engagement with art history derives from years of working in museums, from Harvard's Fogg Museum to BostonŐs Museum of Fine Arts, where he hosted a television series seen nationally called "Museum Open House," the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis, where he organized the world's first museum show of video art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where he produced several award-winning programs about their collection and Biennials for broadcast on PBS.

This exhibition takes place at the Ward-Nasse Gallery, 178 Prince Street, between Thompson and Sullivan. For more information, please contact: Biliana Videnova at: 212 925 6951

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