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Dean Fleming in Met Breuer Exhibition,“Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980”

Dean Fleming In New York: Included in the Met Breuer Exhibition, “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980” and An Upcoming Solo Exhibition, “Duality” at David Richard Gallery’s New Location in Harlem 211 East 121st Street | New York, NY 10035

Installation: Dean Fleming, Snap Roll, 1965, Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 99 inches, in the exhibition Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980, on view at the Met Breuer through January 14, 2018.

UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION Dean Fleming Duality Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm On View through November 10, 2017 Harlem Location: 211 East 121st Street | New York, NY 10035

Dean Fleming Light Blue, 1965 Acrylic on canvas 32" x 32"

Duality, a survey exhibition of paintings by Dean Fleming – founding member of the important New York-based artist collective, Park Place Gallery – presents selections from the 1960s and 70s as well as recent works. The paintings from the 1960s are from the Park Place years, reflecting Fleming’s interest in hard-edge geometric painting with extreme angles and trippy effects as well as kaleidoscopic patterns. The 70s paintings are more gestural and painterly, exploring color and various methods of applying paint to canvas. The canvases from the 1970s are also mostly unprimed and compositions range from minimal, loose and geometric to calligraphic with reductive palettes, then to very dense, layered abstractions with lush fluid movement of color. After his segue through figurative abstraction in the 80s and 90s, Fleming made a return to geometric abstraction in the 2000’s with an emphasis on illusory compositions and visual perception.

Dean Fleming Papados,1964 AcrylicOnCanvas 82" x 82”

Throughout Fleming’s career, his paintings focused on a range of internal dualities. In this exhibition several examples are presented that include: hard-edge painting and visual perception; calligraphy and abstraction; gestural and geometric abstraction; flat and textured surfaces; painted and unprimed canvas; and bipartite compositions.

Dean Fleming 2-79-2, 1979 Acrylic On Canvas 66" x 48”

Dean Fleming January 4 1976, 1976 Acrylic on canvas 43" x 31"

Dean Fleming 10-77-2,1977 Acrylic On Canvas 66" x 66”

The hard-edge, geometric compositions from Fleming’s current body of work have a strong dialogue with the paintings from the 1960s, as both explore illusory effects and challenge visual perception. There are striking parallels with the vibrant color palettes, yet the compositions and particular geometric shapes vary, making each body of work distinct. The 60s paintings are often packed tighter with more angles and movement, while the newer paintings are more open with painterly brush strokes and surfaces, and frequently explore circular shapes.

Dean Fleming, Green, 2017 Acrylic on canvas 48" x 66" All artworks Copyright © Dean Fleming

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