MILAN—Molly Zuckerman-Hartung will show new paintings in Shakti, a group exhibition, which opens January 23rd at Brand New Gallery. Jackie Saccoccio also has a concurrent exhibition, Portraits, in Gallery 2.

Shakti runs 23 January – 8 March, 2014. The opening is January 23, 2014 from 7 pm – 9 pm.

The exhibition includes work by Njideka Akunyili, Alisa Baremboym, Gina Beavers, Gabriele Beveridge, Sascha Braunig, Judy Chicago, Ayan Farah, Keltie Ferris, Michelle Grabner, Joanne Greenbaum, Heather Guertin, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Larissa Lockshin, Agnes Lux, Servane Mary, Mary Ramsden, Amanda Ross-Ho, Ruby Sky Stiler, Shinique Smith, Kate Steciw, Mickalene Thomas, Patricia Treib, Wendy White, Letha Wilson, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

Press Release:

Brand New Gallery is pleased to present Shakti, an all-female collective that provides a bird’s-eye view on contemporary artistic practices adopted by emerging and established artists at an international level.

Forty years have passed since the publication of “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” (1974) by feminist art historian Linda Nochlin who explained how many historical circumstances – mainly the lack of access to training, exhibitions, commissions and critical forums – not genetics – have limited women’s artistic achievement. These circumstances changed quickly after World War II , and just as quickly, women have carved out positions of increasing importance in the field of visual arts. Today things have changed radically. Conceived as a celebration of women’s role in the world of art, this exhibition is a snapshot of individual artistic practices, rather than a general statement on the subject. A comparison between different generations, with diverse styles, different approaches, and aims.

Shakti does not postulate genuinely feminine art, but strives to focus on a core of substantial works to shed light on their identity-creating perspective. A dialogue in continuous evolution, characterized by a supreme female sensibility and a meticulous attention to visceral responses.

More information about Shakti on Brand New Gallery’s website here: http://www.brandnew-gallery.com/Software/exhib_mainC.php?exhib=75

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Brand New Gallery is delighted to present Portraits, a solo exhibition of the American artist Jackie Saccoccio.

The show features three large canvases characteristic of the work of Jackie Saccoccio who for some years has concentrated her energies and imagination in a series of portraits in which abstract anthropomorphic presences emerge in the heart of each work with  streams of paint and splashes of color.

It is an explosion of pigments in which fragments of pictorial information are simultaneously obscured and revealed, while viscous liquid drops make their way in all directions test the procedure which show the canvas repeatedly shaken and rotated while the color is still fresh.

The monumental scale of the paintings in the exhibition create abstract masses which oscillate between illusion and matter. The works of Jackie Saccoccio record the entire process of the pictorial artist, including repentance or defiant strokes performed during the realization of the painting. Every inch of the painted surface returns the gestural experience of the moment of creation, in a celebratory ritual as well as disturbing. The faces, sealed in the foreground, break the illusory context, while the dynamism of the composition gives her works an enigmatic and mysterious touch.

Her stubborn resistance to figuration allows the creation of a dialogue on the surface, in which the colors become the actors and performers of the representation. Every single ‘portrait’ is closely connected with others in the exhibition, creating a deep and fictional narrative that involves the viewer intimately. Overall, the series suggests an endless procession. Everything is resolved in an intriguing pictorial journey, giving the atmosphere that permeates the environment an enchanted appearance.

→ JACKIE Saccoccio was born in 1963 in Providence RI, where she completed her artistic training at the Rhode Island School of Design to later receive a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Her works have been exhibited in internationally-renown museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. Among her many awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant and the Rome Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Rome. In parallel with the exhibition at Brand New Gallery, the artist will be presented in a solo exhibition curated by Ilaria Bonaccossa at the Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce in Genoa. She currently lives and works in Connecticut and New York.

More information here: http://www.brandnew-gallery.com/Software/exhib_pressC.php?exhib=74