Small Gems at the Bernarducci.Meisel Gallery
On Thursday evening April 6th, the well-attended opening reception took place of the “Size Doesn't Matter” exhibition, a survey of small works curated by Susan P. Meisel at the Bernarducci.Meisel Gallery. Between 5 and 7 pm, the spacious U-shaped gallery was abuzz with artists, art aficionados, and collectors slowly meandering through the crowd, enjoying the artwork and hobnobbing, creating a wonderful sanctuary away from the rain and thunderstorms sweeping over New York City. Many of the artists were in attendance, some having traveled from as far away as California, Belgium, and Japan to celebrate this special event.
Focusing on photorealism and contemporary realism, the Bernarducci.Meisel Gallery usually shows larger work but this exhibition presents a collection of small sized works—paintings as well as sculptures—ranging from 2 ¼ inches (5 ¾ cm) to around 15 inches (38 cm). The title of this exhibition is appropriate, as indeed in this case size doesn’t matter, certainly not when it comes to quality, excellence, or beauty. Prices range from $600 to $135,000—for the savvy collector who understands quality within realism, these are steals.
Frank Bernarducci, Director and Partner at the Bernarducci⸱Meisel⸱Gallery told me, “This small works survey is an excellent opportunity for our younger collectors to get started with precisionist realist painting and for our established collectors to fill in the blanks.”
Susan Meisel—wife of renowned Louis Meisel, the eminent art dealer and proponent of the photorealist art movement—curated this group exhibition, inviting established as well as emerging artists to participate. A few days before the opening, while her husband was coordinating the hanging, I asked Mrs. Meisel how this exhibition came into being. She told me, “I have curated a few shows for the gallery in the past, and I came up with this idea last summer as Louis and I have collected many small paintings over the years. I thought it would give collectors an opportunity to buy small paintings from several of the artists that they might not have been able to afford in the larger sizes.”
Many of the big-name gallery artists habitually create large format pieces, so Mrs. Meisel invited them and other artists to produce smaller formats especially for this show. Artists participate with between one and four pieces. Enthusiastically Mrs. Meisel added, “So far the artists have all said they were very excited about this project and the work they have done clearly shows that. They used words like ‘inspiring’ as they never considered painting so small and felt it was a challenge that they ultimately loved doing. The work is terrific across the board and everyone is very excited. We already sold several pieces before the opening. The idea to do more than one piece has collectors buying three or more.”
Until April 29th the Bernarducci⸱Meisel⸱Gallery will be showing a fabulous array of well over 200 exquisite little gems, ranging from delicious little sculptures and objects d’art to scrumptious little paintings in the figure, landscape, wildlife, and still life genres. If you have the opportunity to visit the gallery, do take reading glasses or a magnifier because most of these pieces are unbelievably intricate, especially considering they’ve all been created by hand. This exhibition is a must-see, it truly is a delight for the serious lover of art!
Below is a small overview of several favorite pieces. Please scroll down all the way to the bottom to find practical information about the “Size Doesn’t Matter” exhibition.
"Size Doesn't Matter"
A survey of small works curated by Susan P. Meisel
Showing: over 200 paintings by 70+ artists
When: April 6 through 29, 2017
Where: 37 West 57th Street, 3rd Floor, New York
Times: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 5:30 pm
Written by Lorena Kloosterboer realist artist & author © Antwerp April 2017