Caren Canier's "Town and Country Paintings" Exhibit Features an Artist's View of West Hall Parking Lot

Caren Canier's "Town and Country Paintings" Exhibit Features an Artist's View of West Hall Parking Lot

Date posted: 2016-10-25 16:10:20

Arts Professor Caren Canier's new exhibit, "Town and Country Paintings," at The Painting Center in New York, features one image that may be strangely familiar to many HASS students: the artist's fantasy take on the West Hall parking lot.

Entitled West Hall, the 2012 painting depicts "Elie Nadelman’s sculpted figures, Edweard Muybridge’s figures in motion and a wooden Sienese saint from the Renaissance, [comingling] among the parked cars. The mundane, contemporary site is populated by unlikely commuters and set in the context of the majestic expanse of the Hudson River Valley beyond" (thepaintingcenter.org).

In Canier's work, classical and modern art references appear in and inform present-day landscapes, forming "tableaus that speak to the social norms of New York society and the intelligentsia of the period."

Caren Canier is a native of New York City, educated at Cornell University and Boston University. A Rome Prize Fellow and recipient of many awards, she divides her time between upstate New York, Umbria and Brooklyn. She has exhibited widely in New York, New England and Italy and has been a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 1978.

"Town and Country Paintings" is on view November 1–26, 2016, with opening reception Thursday, November 3, 6:00–8:00 pm at The Painting Center, 547 W. 27 St., suite 500, New York NY.

For more information, please visit The Painting Center.

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