Claude Lawrence: Reflections on Porgy & Bess at Venus Over Manhattan




Claude Lawrence, The Inquisitors, 2022. Oil on canvas; 75 1/2 x 107 in (191.8 x 271.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to announce Reflections on Porgy & Bess, a major solo exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-born, New York-based artist Claude Lawrence. Spanning the gallery’s spaces at 39 and 55 Great Jones Street, this presentation—Lawrence’s first with Venus—debuts a suite of exuberant, monumentally scaled canvases created in response to composer George Gershwin’s 1935 masterpiece Porgy & Bess. Lawrence’s abstract paintings unfold sequentially, echoing the opera’s sweep and emotional impact through the artist’s radiant abstraction and confident improvisation.

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