VERO BEACH, FL - The Gallery at Windsor is pleased to present Per Kirkeby: Echo of the Light, an exhibition of selected works by celebrated Danish artist Per Kirkeby. Co-curated by Olivier Berggruen, Writer and Art Historian and Kadee Robbins, Director of Michael Werner Gallery London, the exhibition will be privately unveiled on December 5, 2015 and on display through April 29, 2016.
Per Kirkeby is one of the most well-respected and internationally-acclaimed artists of his generation. Over a career spanning five decades, Kirkeby developed a unique approach to abstract painting, gradually refining a vocabulary of images and a personal palette derived primarily from observations of the natural world. Kirkeby’s ideas about landscape and his sensitivity to natural light and color are easily traced to his studies of natural history and geology at the University of Copenhagen, where he was a student in the late 1950s. Over the years, the artist participated in numerous expeditions to Greenland and the Arctic. These experiences provided an important visual foundation for Kirkeby’s future practice, especially in the case of his painting, which the artist often describes as an ongoing “process of sedimentation.” Per Kirkeby is also widely respected as an accomplished filmmaker, author and architect.
Per Kirkeby “Inferno IV”, 1992“© The Artist. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.”
Per Kirkeby: Echo of the Light presents a selection of paintings and monotypes from the past twenty five years. The selection, which begins with work of the late 1980s and ends with his latest monotypes, highlights Kirkeby's continued interest in nature within the context of abstraction and mark making. The paintings on view are composed of a delicate balance of vibrant hues and carefully cast shadows engaging in a complex play of scale and spatial depth. They broaden seemingly figurative, natural forms into something expansively atmospheric, like abstract memories of landscape motifs. The monotypes, including a body of work made last year, are a rarely-exhibited medium of the artist’s oeuvre. Each monotype is a unique print: technically executed in a way similar to his paintings, they allow Kirkeby a freedom and spontaneity in their production.
Per Kirkeby was born in 1938 in Copenhagen, where he continues to live and work. The artist represented Denmark in the 1976 Venice Biennale and later participated in documenta VII and documenta IX. A major retrospective exhibition was presented at the Tate Modern in 2009. Other solo museum exhibitions include Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek. A retrospective exhibition of the artist's paintings and sculpture was organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, in 2012. Works by Kirkeby are found in many museum collections including the Tate; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, among many others.
“Windsor is delighted to exhibit Per Kirkeby’s work at the Gallery. We are honored to have such an important selection of his art on display and look forward to celebrating Per Kirkeby and his work,” says the Hon. Hilary M. Weston, co-founder and Creative Director of Windsor.
Per Kirkeby. Echo of the Light will be open officially to the public by appointment at the Gallery at Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida beginning Monday, December 7, 2015 and remain on view through April 29, 2016 (open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM). The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue published by Walther Koenig, which features selected texts from the artist’s writings. For reservations, group tours and special events, please call 772.388.4071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Gallery at Windsor
Founded in 2002 by Alannah Weston, The Gallery at Windsor is an independent art space at the heart of the community. The Gallery invites curators to respond to the space with museum-quality shows of contemporary paintings, works on paper and photography. Today, the Hon. Hilary M. Weston serves as Creative Director for The Gallery.
For more than a decade, The Gallery has exhibited works by leading contemporary artists including Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Peter Doig, Alex Katz and Tony Scherman.
In April 2011, the Hon. Hilary M. Weston announced a three-year collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery in London. This partnership realized exhibitions by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, Romanian-born twin brothers Gert & Uwe Tobias, and American Icon Jasper Johns.
Windsor (www.windsorflorida.com) is a private residential community spanning 416 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living.
Windsor provides homeowners privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. Members enjoy an 18-hole links-style golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, an Equestrian Centre, 400-yard long polo field, over four miles of riding trails, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, and Gun Club. The Clubhouse, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is a favorite gathering place much like the Beach Club which features private cabanas, its own restaurant, a pool-side Cabana Bar and 25-metre swimming pool. Windsor is also known for its art gallery featuring a revolving series of world-class exhibitions, and a Town Hall, which serves as a chapel and a venue for weddings, concerts and lectures.