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New York Artist Sandra Lerner Exhibits Creative Flux at Harvard’s Gutman Gallery

New York Artist Sandra Lerner Exhibits
Creative Flux at Harvard’s Gutman Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by artist Sandra Lerner conveying sweeping energy, grandeur and a hint of landscape, will be showing at Gutman Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Education. The works will remain on view from April 1 through May 4, 2017.
Lerner, who has been described as a romantic visionary, provides insights into inescapable truths through her art, but her paintings also please the eye and afford aesthetic pleasure. Her paintings are inspired by Taoist philosophy, nature, physics, and cosmology.
Critic Donald Kuspit, who wrote an essay on Lerner’s Creative Flux Series, says Lerner’s works, “seem rooted in the grand tradition of romantic landscape painting, with the landscape reduced to its abstract fundamentals, streamlined to its expressive essentials.”
But Kuspit added that the elements of her paintings suggest that “something more is at stake than romantically suggestive pure art.”
The horizon line in Lerner’s paintings is in perpetual movement, in endless flux. In some works, Kuspit says, the line seems seductive, even voluptuous, while in others it seems agitated and tense, as though a nerve at loose ends. Sometimes it seems labored, at other times it flows effortlessly.
But, says Kuspit, whatever its expressive effect and momentum, and whether it alludes to the horizon or “exists for its own pure abstract sake, Lerner’s line is inevitable, unstoppable, constant.” It is more metaphysical than physical, he writes, and signifies universal creativity. “The over-all geometry and atmosphere of Lerner’s paintings – their tightly closed planes, sacred architecture, and subtle luminosity and intense energy, just as indwelling – suggest their meditative character,” he writes.
“They remind us that there is more than one kind of consciousness, just as string theory reminds us that there is more than one universe. Lerner is an ecstatic mystic, her whole being in touch with the Tao through the medium of paint,” Kuspit added.
Lerner lives and works in New York City and Connecticut. She has a bachelor’s degree in art and studied independently with Leo Manso, Jerry Okomoto and Harry Sternberg. She also studied calligraphy in Kyoto with Kampo Harada.
Lerner has had over thirty-six solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group shows throughout the United States and Japan. She is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Ct; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Kampo Museum, Kyoto, Japan; World Study Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Price Waterhouse and 3M Corporation. She has created sets for performances by Eiko and Koma, the Japanese dancers/performers.

She is represented by the June Kelly Gallery in New York City and Ober Gallery in Kent, Connecticut.
Exhibition Dates: 1 April - 4 May 2017
Artist Talk and Reception:  3 April 5 - 7pm

Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 8am - 11pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm


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