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Art News | The Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents 'Van Arno: The Minstrel Cycle' | Art Knowledge News

Art News | The Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents 'Van Arno: The Minstrel Cycle' | Art Knowledge News

The Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents 'Van Arno: The Minstrel Cycle'

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artwork: Van Arno - "Tongue For Turnips On Tobacco Road" - Oil on canvas - 36" x 24". Image courtesy of the artist. 'Van Arno: The Minstrel Cycle' an exhibition of new works by the artist runs from 16th April through May 14th 2011 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.

New York.- The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce 'The Minstrel Cycle', new works by Van Arno in what will be the Los Angeles-based artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and most ambitious show, to date. The opening reception will be held on Saturday 16th April 2011, and the exhibition will then run through May 14th 2011. 'The Minstrel Cycle' features a series of seven large multi-figure oil paintings on canvas, reflecting themes of race and music, which the artist has explored and developed over the past several years. For this exhibition, Arno draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including real and imagined historical events, the surprising true lives of entertainers, blues and hip-hop lyrics, multi-cultural folklore and Afro-Caribbean mysticism. The show title references minstrelsy, a controversial form of entertainment from the 1800s, in which performers in blackface lampooned African-American culture through comic-musical variety acts loaded with racial stereotypes.


Since the word minstrel is so culturally charged in discussions of race-relations in the United States and in the historical roots of contemporary musical influences, the artist thought it would be a fitting title for his new body of work. There is a broad range of subjects for the paintings in this show, including Lucifer and the blind fates (three prophetic witches who share one eye, also known as the Graeae in Greek mythology) along with historical figures such as the famous entertainer, Josephine Baker. Throughout his work, Arno consistently pushes the human figure into extremes of posture to emphasize his Baroque sensibility and approach to create tension, contrast, form and shadow. In the artist’s words: “I attempt to paint the archetypical moment of clarity and passion. Imagery must be made exciting and alive. Rules of lighting, anatomy, gravity and physics must be bent or broken to make the picture LOUD. That is the ultimate goal of my work.”

artwork: Van Arno - "True Love Rescued After Long Debate", 2010 - Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY


Born in 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Van Arno was raised in St. Louis, Missouri where he attended a Christian Science school from Kindergarten through High school. Arno studied at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, and by the early '90s, his illustration resume included skateboard deck designs for Powell Peralta, story-boarding for Robotech, box art for Bandai Games, as well as numerous clients in the music industry. When his focus shifted to fine art, Arno began to create figurative works featuring religious, folk, pop culture, and mythical heroes. His paintings have been exhibited across the country in galleries and institutions such as the Riverside Art Museum and Laguna Art Museum in California and the Hollywood Art and Culture Center in Florida. A book of the artist’s collected works (2000-2008), entitled Volume: The Uber-Mannerist Work of Van Arno was published in 2009. visit the artists website at ... http://www.vanarno.com/

Jonathan LeVine Gallery exhibits a genre of work influenced by illustration, comic book art, graffiti, street art and pop culture imagery. We represent a mix of emerging and mid-career artists with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and creating an environment where artists can further develop their work. Since 2005, the first year established in New York, Jonathan LeVine Gallery has remained focused on maintaining its mission of community and commitment to providing our artists with a nurturing arena for experimentation and discussion. The gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Visit the gallery's website at ... www.jonathanlevinegallery.com

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The Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents 'Van Arno: The Minstrel Cycle'

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artwork: Van Arno - "Tongue For Turnips On Tobacco Road" - Oil on canvas - 36" x 24". Image courtesy of the artist. 'Van Arno: The Minstrel Cycle' an exhibition of new works by the artist runs from 16th April through May 14th 2011 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.

New York.- The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce 'The Minstrel Cycle', new works by Van Arno in what will be the Los Angeles-based artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and most ambitious show, to date. The opening reception will be held on Saturday 16th April 2011, and the exhibition will then run through May 14th 2011. 'The Minstrel Cycle' features a series of seven large multi-figure oil paintings on canvas, reflecting themes of race and music, which the artist has explored and developed over the past several years. For this exhibition, Arno draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including real and imagined historical events, the surprising true lives of entertainers, blues and hip-hop lyrics, multi-cultural folklore and Afro-Caribbean mysticism. The show title references minstrelsy, a controversial form of entertainment from the 1800s, in which performers in blackface lampooned African-American culture through comic-musical variety acts loaded with racial stereotypes.


Since the word minstrel is so culturally charged in discussions of race-relations in the United States and in the historical roots of contemporary musical influences, the artist thought it would be a fitting title for his new body of work. There is a broad range of subjects for the paintings in this show, including Lucifer and the blind fates (three prophetic witches who share one eye, also known as the Graeae in Greek mythology) along with historical figures such as the famous entertainer, Josephine Baker. Throughout his work, Arno consistently pushes the human figure into extremes of posture to emphasize his Baroque sensibility and approach to create tension, contrast, form and shadow. In the artist’s words: “I attempt to paint the archetypical moment of clarity and passion. Imagery must be made exciting and alive. Rules of lighting, anatomy, gravity and physics must be bent or broken to make the picture LOUD. That is the ultimate goal of my work.”

artwork: Van Arno - "True Love Rescued After Long Debate", 2010 - Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY


Born in 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Van Arno was raised in St. Louis, Missouri where he attended a Christian Science school from Kindergarten through High school. Arno studied at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, and by the early '90s, his illustration resume included skateboard deck designs for Powell Peralta, story-boarding for Robotech, box art for Bandai Games, as well as numerous clients in the music industry. When his focus shifted to fine art, Arno began to create figurative works featuring religious, folk, pop culture, and mythical heroes. His paintings have been exhibited across the country in galleries and institutions such as the Riverside Art Museum and Laguna Art Museum in California and the Hollywood Art and Culture Center in Florida. A book of the artist’s collected works (2000-2008), entitled Volume: The Uber-Mannerist Work of Van Arno was published in 2009. visit the artists website at ... http://www.vanarno.com/

Jonathan LeVine Gallery exhibits a genre of work influenced by illustration, comic book art, graffiti, street art and pop culture imagery. We represent a mix of emerging and mid-career artists with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and creating an environment where artists can further develop their work. Since 2005, the first year established in New York, Jonathan LeVine Gallery has remained focused on maintaining its mission of community and commitment to providing our artists with a nurturing arena for experimentation and discussion. The gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Visit the gallery's website at ... www.jonathanlevinegallery.com

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