Drama in a Painter's Country Studio
Mari Lyons's "In the Studio/Woodstock" celebrates the things and the dramatic relationships among things in her studio. A carousel horse, an African rooster, mirrors and mirror images, found objects of all kinds, a model seated on a Victorian "fainting couch," finished and not-yet-finished paintings, the paints and brushes and easels with which the painter works, paint tables, gueridons, fresh tulips and hydrangeas, landscape that comes in at the windows, multi-colored clothes — all are part of a quiet yet jostling world; sometimes simple, sometimes richly complex, a place to work, a place re-imagined with great affection.
Lyons studied at Mills College with Max Beckmann and Fletcher Martin, Bard College (Louis Schanker, Ludwig Sander), Yale-Norfolk (Bernard Chaet, Gabor Peterdi), Atelier 17 (Stanley William Hayter), and Cranbrook Academy of Art (Zoltan Zepheshy, Madison Fred Mitchell). Her work has been cited in The New York Times, The New York Sun, Modern Painters, The New Republic, Forbes FYI, and elsewhere, and is in more than 120 private and corporate collections world-wide, and in the Museum of the City of New York.
This is Lyons's eleventh show at First Street. Simultaneously, she will exhibit cityscapes of New York's Upper West Side (with John Dubrow) at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, a show curated by Deborah Rosenthal. (November 2 - December 7, contact 607-895-5589)