ANDREW STEVOVICH: A Brief Retrospective
June 1- June 30
Adelson Cavalier Gallery
Andrew Stevovich (b. 1948)
Two Women Feeding a Monkey, 2018
Oil on linen
18h x 20 w in
Adelson Galleries has begun organizing a book with Skira Editore of our gallery artist, Andrew Stevovich. The publication will dissect the artist’s entire career, from his earliest paintings in the 1960s to current work. This volume will be available in December 2019, and it will accompany a traveling museum exhibition, which will originate at the Greenville County Museum. As a preview to the publication and Museum tour, we have enjoyed putting together a selection of paintings by Stevovich from the past 30 years (1989-2019). For those who are unfamiliar with his work, the exhibition will serve as an introduction. For others who know Andrew Stevovich, we know you will appreciate seeing the progression of the artist’s painting over these past few decades and enjoy studying the differences as he has evolved.
The exhibition contains several individual figure portraits as well as subject paintings. Each is painted in the artist’s unique style. Whether you look at “Woman with Envelope” from 1990, or “Woman with Camcorder” from 2013, one can immediately identify both as Stevovich; however, upon closer inspection, it is intriguing to notice the evolution of his technique: implementing deeper hued colors and sharpening angles of facial features, such as the lips and nose. Several elements of his painting have remained consistent. Compositional components, such as the body language through gesture within his narrative paintings, are an integral part of the artist’s ongoing oeuvre.
Notice the gesture in “Pizza Umberto” (1989) compared to “Couple with Apricots” (2004). In each composition, the direction of the central figure’s hand dictates the meaning of each interaction. In the former, a man holds his hand to his chest in pleasant surprise while the woman seated next to him holds her palm down – directing the server where to put the pizza. In the latter, a man with a bowl of apricots approaches a woman who has her hand up. The low, outward gesture indicates a refusal. The simplicity of each composition contains the essence of a more in-depth conversation about relationship dynamics: the agreements and arguments that each relationship inevitably has to face. It is these subtleties and nuances of relationships and behaviors that guide the artist’s eye.
Adelson Gallery has enjoyed almost 40 years working with Andrew Stevovich, and a scholarly retrospective publication is an important step in the artist’s career. We are happy to help him celebrate this milestone by presenting this small retrospective exhibition. All of the works in this exhibition are for sale, and some will be included in the publication and traveling museum tour. Please inquire for more information. We hope you enjoy this show!
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