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Works of the Jenney Archive

March 7–April 27, 2013
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Installation video

Installation video

Installation view, photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view, photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Photo by Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Neil Jenney, North American Aquatica, 2006–07 Oil on wood in artist's frame, 31 ½ × 46 ¾ × 3 ¼ inches (80 × 118.7 × 8.3 cm)

Neil Jenney, North American Aquatica, 2006–07

Oil on wood in artist's frame, 31 ½ × 46 ¾ × 3 ¼ inches (80 × 118.7 × 8.3 cm)

Neil Jenney, The Modern Era, 1971–72 Oil on wood, 35 ¾ × 31 ¾ inches (90.8 × 80.6 cm)

Neil Jenney, The Modern Era, 1971–72

Oil on wood, 35 ¾ × 31 ¾ inches (90.8 × 80.6 cm)

Neil Jenney, North America Aquatica, 2006–07 Oil on wood in artist's frame, 31 ½ × 46 ¾ × 3 ¼ inches (80 × 118.7 × 8.3 cm)

Neil Jenney, North America Aquatica, 2006–07

Oil on wood in artist's frame, 31 ½ × 46 ¾ × 3 ¼ inches (80 × 118.7 × 8.3 cm)

Neil Jenney, North America Depicted, 2009–10 Oil on wood in artist's frame, 40 ¼ × 45 ¼ × 2 ⅛ inches (102.2 × 114.9 × 5.4 cm)

Neil Jenney, North America Depicted, 2009–10

Oil on wood in artist's frame, 40 ¼ × 45 ¼ × 2 ⅛ inches (102.2 × 114.9 × 5.4 cm)

Neil Jenney, North America Acidified, 1982–13 Oil on wood in artist's frame, 34 × 115 ⅜ × 5 inches (86.4 × 293.1 × 12.7 cm)

Neil Jenney, North America Acidified, 1982–13

Oil on wood in artist's frame, 34 × 115 ⅜ × 5 inches (86.4 × 293.1 × 12.7 cm)

Neil Jenney, North American Vegetae, 2006–07 Oil on wood in artist's frame, 25 ⅜ × 113 × 2 ¾ inches (64.5 × 287 × 7 cm)

Neil Jenney, North American Vegetae, 2006–07

Oil on wood in artist's frame, 25 ⅜ × 113 × 2 ¾ inches (64.5 × 287 × 7 cm)

About

“Works of the Jenney Archive,” presents a portion of Neil Jenney’s retained efforts, and the works of friends accumulated over the past half century.

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “Works of the Jenney Archive.”

Neil Jenney's distinctive art emerged in the late 1960s in direct response to the dominance of Minimalism and Photorealism. Working first as an abstract painter, then as a sculptor evincing form through the use of attenuated line, he developed a purposefully rough, gestural painting style in works that came to be known as “bad painting,” inspiring the polemical group exhibition “Bad Painting” at the New Museum in 1978. Considering himself to be a realist painter and have a style to be not only a set of aesthetic principles but also a personal philosophical dictum, Jenney sought to forge a new type of realism in which narrative truth could be indicated by the simple fact of proximate relations, such as Husband and Wife, Girl and Doll, or Them and Us (all 1969).

In the seventies, Jenney decided to take up the opposite challenge, and began producing studies of the natural world that he called “good painting.” With titles such as North American Vegetae (2006–07), North American Aquatica (2006), and North America Depicted (2011–12), the Good Paintings treat ecological issues pertaining to the native North American landscape with a sense of subjectivity that verges on mythological. Crafted in layers of oil paint on board, these paintings provide a solution to the mechanical perfection and emotional indifference of Photorealism, while remaining exacting in their representation. Atmospheric (Impressionist) color and refined classical lines combine to produce landscapes that are almost hallucinatory in their attention to detail. Encased in hyperbolic wooden picture frames with bold typographic titles at the lower or side edge, the paintings are windows onto meta-realities. At the same time, their blatant framing ensures a distinct separation from the illusory world; they are as sculptural as they are painterly. Evoking the Luminist and the Hudson River School painters of the mid-nineteenth century, the Good Paintings convey the temporal coexistence of their subjects in both the real and the imagined world.

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