Nicola Tyson

May 4 - June 16, 2007

537 W 22nd Street

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 6-8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the seventh solo exhibition of works by Nicola Tyson. On view will be a selection of sketchbook drawings from 2001 to the present.

Widely known for her paintings that lay bare psychological complexity and depth balanced between figuration and abstraction, Tyson considers her drawings a distinct practice that allows for the exploration of the imagination and unconscious through a kind of focused free-association. All of Tyson's work begins in her
sketchbook, and while some of her drawings lend themselves to further development into paintings, others are complete, capturing moments, states of mind and mood through her use of the sinuous line.

Tyson's drawings have a gestural freedom and immediacy that simultaneously open up spatial and psychological dimensions. The figures that inhabit these works – human, animal and sometimes curious amalgamations – are at times grounded in a landscape or at other moments left to float free on the page. There is an attendant and intimate care that imbues Tyson's drawings combined with a certain sense of play that reveals the artist's wry sense of humor. Whereas Tyson's paintings of reduced, abstracted figures are sometimes considered enigmatic, her drawings are striking for their clarity, spontaneity and intimacy.

Nicola Tyson lives and works in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, and she has received numerous solo exhibitions, including an exhibition of her drawings at the Kunsthalle Zurich. Her work is in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 4, with a reception from 6 – 8 p.m., and will remain on view through Saturday, June 16. Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011. For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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    Untitled (sketch book page) #50
    2007
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    2004
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The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Nicola Tyson, at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, March 15 - April 19, 1997

The publication contains the essay "Figure (from the) ground up" by Terry R. Myers

Published by Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

© 1997 Nicola Tyson and Friedrich Petzel Gallery