Cheryl Numark Fine Art Presents Marylyn Dintenfass: Never Lose the Blues

By Editorial Team on November 7, 2022

Fri, 28 October 2022 - Sun, 29 January 2023

Stellar: Crimson, 2021. Photo by Keira McCarthy

Cheryl Numark Fine Art is pleased to announce Marylyn Dintenfass: “Never Lose the Blues.” This exhibition is Dintenfass’ first at the new Cheryl Numark Fine Art gallery space at 4726 Linnean Ave. The survey exhibition will include a curated selection of paintings and works on paper from her most recent ‘Stellar,’ ‘Oculus’ and ‘Ocular’ series made between 2015 – 2021. All works incorporate some element of blue, as referenced in the exhibition title, which for the artist, is a powerful color that elicits a wide range of emotions – optimistic to depressive -, aesthetics and interpretations. An ARTSY exhibition will take place simultaneously, offering viewers the opportunity to simultaneously view works online.

Dintenfass’ Oculus series employs the essential, iconic shape of the circle motif, a subject that has been thoroughly investigated by the artist. It is also influenced by the artists’ concerns for architectural space, scale, and in particular The oculus (Latin for “eye”) which allows a focused beam of natural light to illuminate a building’s interior; an illumination which changes in response to time, weather conditions and season. Allowing one to see both into and out of it, the oculus is full of dichotomies and visual possibilities which Dintenfass explores using a variety of methods. Works from this series illustrate the artist’s various methods and range of gestural marks. While some works reveal the presence of Dintenfass’ hand, others make use of a highly controlled, hard-edge matrix derived from ring-like templates of her own design. The juxtaposition of the organic and mathematical is a critical element within her oeuvre and a subject carried throughout the artist’s practice.

The symbolic layering of psychological themes is also reinforced by Dintenfass’ painterly techniques – specifically the layering of translucent color, and the removal of thin facets revealing surprising color hues below. The artist’s transparent layering of oil paint and the luminescence she achieves from her nuanced color mixing presents a gestural relationship between light, line, and chroma that is both intriguing and mesmerizing to behold.

Marylyn Dintenfass (b. 1943) has work in major public, corporate, and private collections in Denmark, England, France, South America, Israel, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Among the institutions that have acquired her work are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mississippi Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her 30,000 square foot, Parallel Park, installation at the Lee County Justice Center in Fort Myers, Florida is one of the largest and most noteworthy exterior installations of the last decade. In 2017, her sculpture Almost Like The Blues was installed at LongHouse Reserve and Sculpture Garden, alongside works by John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt, Willem de Kooning, and Bryan Hunt.

In April of 2023 Dintenfass will be honored by The New York Foundation of the Arts and inducted into their Hall of Fame. Dintenfass has twice been a MacDowell Fellow and has received both an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two Project Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was awarded the Silver Medal at the First International, in Mino, Japan, and The Ravenna Prize at the 45th Faenza International in Italy. Academic positions have included Visiting Professor at the National College of Art and Design in Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel: Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada and Hunter College in New York City. She was, for ten years, a member of the faculty at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Cheryl Numark Fine Art is located at 4726 Linnean Ave. NW.