Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ellen Rand at Art 101

Ellen Rand Memorial Retrospective at Art 101
Curated by her daughter Felicia Garcia-Rivera and Randall Harris of Figureworks Gallery
Open from 1 pm to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through December 10th.
(Closed for Thanksgiving weekend)

NOTE: if you are an artist whose work was displayed in the mini closet, please pick up your work on the exhibition dates.

Ellen Rand, the founder and director of Art 101, the Williamsburg gallery, died on August 19th in her home behind the gallery. Ellen, a painter herself, opened Art 101 in 2004 in order to give others (over a hundred, through the years) a chance to show in a quiet, light-filled space.

Her installations and groupings of artists were always thoughtful, and she was a passionate, upbeat advocate for the work, which was often by committed, mid-career artists who deserved to be better known. Though the gallery's vibe was unpretentious and charming, its mission was humbly messianic, the polar opposite of a cold white cube or a Bushwick factory loft.

Ellen's subtle, ghostly abstractions seemed fleshier, thick with history both personal and political. She herself seemed the embodiment of a long line of New England feminism that was subversively proper-dauntless, never taking no for an answer, but always genuinely gracious.

—David Brody, Artcritical

Enjoy Christine Hughes' interview with Ellen E. Rand during her solo exhibition at Figureworks this past Spring: http://www.arteidolia.com/interview-ellen-e-rand/#sthash.OzW4fHbG.Z5eekevp.dpbs

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