Neue Gallery Presents: Joseph McCullough-Paintings
July 19th – August 9th
opening reception July 19th 5:30-8:30

Neue Auctions is very pleased to present a selection of paintings by artist Joseph McCullough, painted between 1940-1960, in the thick of the revolution that was abstract expressionism. 

A highly trained artist, he graduated from the Yale School of Art in 1951 with a BFA and an MFA.  His education and exhibition record extends from 1940-1967. 

The paintings in this exhibition range from semi-abstract to fully abstract, and seem to be a dialect between two distinct forces and subjects; Man and Nature.  

The subject of Man is represented by the Machine. In this selection of works, semi-abstract in style, the machines denote human invention. Those inventions are titled Infernal, or Ancient, conjuring hellishness or mystery, yet upon inspection we see that the machines are beautiful, rendered in bright white and clear color. They do not appear foreboding, but rather whimsical, and perhaps reminiscent of a kooky invention. 

The larger body of work is fully abstract and concerned with sounds, specifically those heard in nature.  Entitled  Soundscapes or incorporating the word Sounds in the titles, they are derived from the artist’s impressions of sounds remembered and made two dimensional on the canvas in studio. In these works he is painting the sounds of nature; the buzzing, flitting, and twittering,  the sounds of water bugs on the stream, the curling echoes of the calling birds in the air, the bubbling jumbling movement of the water and the whooshing of the wind.  Is he midstream with his viewpoint in his heart?  

While we may not have seen his art in recent years, many have fond remembrances of Joseph McCullough as a man.  One of his closest friends was the esteemed Sherman Lee, whose words regarding the life and art of Joseph McCullough we reproduced in our catalog, as written in 1975 for an exhibition at The Willoughby School of Fine Arts. 

We know for sure it could not have been better said. 

Bridget McWilliams, Curator
Neue Auctions

Neue Gallery Presents: Cynthia Barta-Emerging Artist
June 7th – 28th

Cynthia Barta’s work is the “New Fauve“, with bold colors, linear shapes, all suggesting distant views, landscapes with trees and fields of lavender and wheat. This exhibited artist has shown in Europe in group shows, however this is her first solo exhibition of a concise body of work, including pastel and oil paintings. Many of these works were inspired by Barta’s travels abroad, specifically Switzerland and France.

At first glance, one might think they are looking at a painting by Andre Derain, Henri Matisse or Clevelands’ Clara Dieke. Barta manipulates pastels into textured paper, building a velvety finish of bright colors, outlined in black, putting forth a memory of a place she has been and seen. One can feel the warmth of the sunlight fields and the scent of lavender when looking upon her work. Her technique in oil consists of medium strokes of color, sometimes layered or alternating colors, without any specific shapes; more like color-field painting similar to John Stockwell. When you step back and consider the oils, you see foreground imagery such as leaves, flowers and trees followed by a distant beach, lake and mountains, giving the viewer perspective. You can not look upon her work too quickly or you’ll miss the moment.

We invite all to visit the gallery and view this impressive collection of works which are all available for purchase through Neue Auctions Gallery. We welcome collectors, gallerists and interior designers to schedule appointments for client showings. We have a saying here at Neue; buy what you like and what you can afford. Art should move you and speak to your heart.

Cynthia Colling Maciejewski, curator
Neue Auctions