Thresholds of Perceptibility
Hollis Taggart will open Thresholds of Perceptibility: The Color Field Paintings of Leon Berkowitz, marking the gallery's first solo presentation of the artist's work since it took on exclusive representation of his estate in February 2019. Berkowitz, a contemporary of Willem de Kooning, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Noland, is best known for his brilliant and luminous articulation of natural light on the surfaces of his canvas. His singular use of color to evoke the sensation and poetic experience of light is best encapsulated in his large-scale paintings of the 1970s and 1980s. For Thresholds of Perceptibility, Hollis Taggart will present approximately a dozen of Berkowitz's paintings from these decades, including several canvases that measure almost nine feet. Together, these stunning paintings draw the viewer into Berkowitz's magnificent fields of color, which seem to vibrate with energy. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay examining the development of Berkowitz's distinct style and approach, written by the art historian Jason Rosenfeld, Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College.