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Knobby Knees

May 23 - July 3

Monica, 2014-15, acrylic on linen, 60" x 38"      

Knobby Knees, Travis Collinson’s second solo exhibition of paintings and drawings at Maloney Fine Art, is a new body of work; a series of portraits using family, friends and colleagues painted with a signature style of simplified form and pure color, providing insight into the intimacy shared between the artist and his subject. Collinson started as an illustrator/cartoonist, creating comic book narratives within the frame. An emphasis on drawing is underscored in his work. Each of his subjects, seemingly devoid of expression and in a state of anomie, are depicted with large heads attached to bodies cut off at the knees—distortions of form and space, compressed as if swaddled within the frame. Through this compression, they become highly expressive, gesticulative figures of personal emotions and spiritual truths. 

Conceived as a series, these artworks are a continuation of Collinson's investigation of the work of other artists, primarily those whose portraits are recognized as their legacy, like Jean Auguste DominIque Ingres, Édouard Vuillard, and contemporary artists such as Alice Neel, Alex Katz and Marlene Dumas. His interest also lies in the personas that an artist takes on; in this series he focused primarily on the persona of Andy Warhol, known for his opaque, non-persona often likened to that of a zombie. The title of the series, Knobby Knees points not only to where his depictions of people end within the frame, but also draws reference to the Nabis group of artists: Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Paul Sérusier. Pronounced nah-BEE and derived from a Hebrew word meaning prophet, the Nabis artists each took on a different persona within the group. Collinson imagines himself as the Nabi of the Empathetic Portrait, looking to interior spaces and to artists' internal thoughts and experiences as refuges from the modern world.   

Travis Collinson has been featured in group exhibition throughout the country most recently in Look at me: Portraiture from Manet to Present at Leila Heller Gallery in New York and a solo exhibition at Dominican University titled Narcolepsy in Pink. He was also featured in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive exhibition Hauntology and is included in their permanent collections. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

FORD BECKMAN: The Last "Pop Targets"

1952 - 2014

APRIL 11 – MAY 16

This marks the second exhibition of Ford Beckman's work at Maloney Fine Art and will serve as a memorial to the artist, who died unexpectedly from a heart attack this past November.

For the past three decades Ford Beckman approached art making with a duality of purpose, creating minimal "Black Wall Paintings" and explosive "Pop Paintings" simultaneously.

Whether the artist was paying homage to artist-heroes, such as Malevich, Pollock, Johns or Warhol, Ford distilled each reference to its essence and invigorated the subject with his facile use of color and industrial materials.  "Pop Targets" was an ongoing investigation of the hybridization of minimal and pop aesthetics.  

Simultaneously mechanical and gestural, explosive and contemplative, Ford's Neo-Suprematist-Spiritual-Pop paintings expanded and continued a modernist discourse.
Whether it was the reinterpretation of the square, the ultimate modernist pursuit, or the reinvention of the target, the need to re-think and rework that which is iconic was a never ending pursuit for Ford Beckman.

"Beckman's painting is a response to the spiritual crisis of modernity.
With Beckman, painting renews its spiritual intention, becomes a spiritual sanctuary, achieves, once again, a spiritual aura, if in a very different, indeed worsening
spiritual climate." 
                                                                   Donald Kuspit

Beckman's work has been exhibited internationally and is included in such notable public collections as Panza Collection, Italy; Saatchi Collection, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Israeli Museum, Jerusalem; Essl Collection, Vienna; the Denver Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Malick Sidibé:
Studio Malick, Bamako, Mali

February 28 – April 4

Maloney Fine Art is pleased to present Malick Sidibé: Studio Malick, Bamako, Mali, the photographer’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.  Featuring vintage prints in original hand-painted glass frames, the exhibition celebrates more than forty years of Malick Sidibé’s photographs of the lives of young people in Mali since the country’s independence from France in 1960. Portraying couples, marriage ceremonies, social clubs, sport events, and infants, Sidibé uniquely conveys the pride, exuberance, and beauty of his subjects. Now renowned, his work provides an extraordinary record of momentous social and cultural change:

                No African artist has done more to enhance photography’s stature in the region, contribute to its history, 
enrich its image archive or increase our awareness of the textures and transformations of African culture in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st than Malick Sidibé.                                                                                - Robert Storr, Dean, Yale School of Art

Sidibé opened Studio Malick in 1962 as a center for his portrait and documentary work, also serving early on as a popular gathering place for young people in Bamako. His photographs capture the joy, convictions, and desires of a post-colonial generation embracing such new freedoms as rock n’ roll and Western fashions. Over the subsequent decades, Sidibé has continued to depict rituals of social and personal identity. His work raises ever more vital questions about African nationality, self-expression, gender, and historical memory.

Malick Sidibé was born in 1936 in southern French Sudan (now Mali) to a rural herding family. In 1952, his moved to Bamako to attend the prestigious National Institute of Art, graduating in jewelry production. In 1955, he apprenticed at the studio of a leading colonial French photographer, where he began to take portraits of African customers. At night the young photographer biked around to record local dance parties, growing popular for his pictures and his joie de vivre. Opening his own studio in eastern Bamako in 1962, Sidibé has worked there ever since.

Malick Sidibé was the first African artist to be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Biennale, in 2007. He was the recipient of the Hasselblad International Award in Photography, in 2003, as well as the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2008. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Malick Sidibé: Chemises, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 2014; Studio Malick, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, 2012; traveling to Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida; Think with the Senses - Feel with the Mind, 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennial, 2007; Malick Sidibé: Chemises, Fotografiemuseum (FOAM), Amsterdam, 2008 and Malick Sidibé, The Cartier Foundation, Paris, 2004.

Sidibé’s work is included in numerous public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; and International Center of Photography, New York, NY.