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Highlight: New Canaan

Curated by Paul Efstathiou

April 22 through May 7, 2017
Opening Reception, Saturday, Aprill 22, 6:30-8:30pm


Elizabeth Cooper, Untitled, 2017, Oil and enamel on canvas, 36" x 52"
Matt Mignanelli, Arpeggio, 2017, Enamel and acrylic on canvas, 48" x 72"
Eric Shaw, Gaining Speed, 2015-16, Acrylic on canvas, 25" x 25" and 8" x 54"
Devin Troy Strother, Ohhh, That's just my Guurrrlll Palameena, 2012, Acrylic and auto-body paint on aluminum, 40" X 67" X 12"
Marcel Dzama, Untitled, 2004, Watercolor, 14" x 11"


Silvermine Arts Center is pleased to present Highlight: New Canaan. This exhibition is guest-curated by Paul Efstathiou, a second-generation art dealer and recent Southport resident, and organized by Eleanor Flatow, an art consultant and New Canaan resident. Highlight: New Canaan, the sequel to Efstathiou's successful Hollis Taggart Galleries Show, Highlight: Summer One, unites eleven professional contemporary artists based in New York City and Los Angeles. Each artist has had noteworthy exhibitions, has forthcoming shows and has been highlighted and reviewed by national and/or international art publications. Efstathiou brings them together to create a dynamic and diverse show, in accordance with Silvermine's 96-year history of showcasing such innovative artists as Elaine de Kooning, Mary Frank, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Richard Pousette-Dart, and James Rosenquist connecting the community to broader discussions and explorations occurring in the art world.

For many of the artists this will be their debut exhibition in Connecticut, and it is Efstathiou's first curated Connecticut show. All of the artists employ a wide and disparate range of processes using modern technologies and/or unusual materials while addressing different themes. Some rely on social commentary and personal revelations to tell a story, while others explore visual deceptions and various dichotomies. Each challenges and gleans from historical genres including Abstract Expressionism, Color field, Comic art, Inuit art, Minimalism, Pop art, and Surrealism. The results are thought-provoking compositions that represent the finest examples of today's Generation X and Millennial artists.

Artists included in the exhibition are: William Buchina, Elizabeth Cooper, Corydon Cowansage, Marcel Dzama, Ted Gahl, John Knuth, Matt Mignanelli, Evan Robarts, Eric Shaw, Devin Troy Strother, and Anne Vieux.

This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors. Lead Exhibition Sponsors: James and Amy Bennett Foundation, New Beauty Wellness. Exhibition Sponsors: The Boyd Law Group, PLLC, O'Neill's Tree Care, Inc., Fatou Niang of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty. Sponsors: elm restaurant, Red Grape Wine & Spirits, Jeffrey and Catharine Sturgess, Vista Beverage.