On the heals of the inaugural group exhibition, all in One, at Kate Oh Gallery, the artist Virginia Wagner is set to open a solo exhibit on November 9th.
Entitled Metropolis, Wagner’s new work will explore “cityscapes in tension between human development and natural world,” with reference to the 1920s German silent film by the same name, directed by Fritz Lang and written by his wife Thea Von Harbor. “Wagner has a unique perspective from which to observe the psychological and physical effects of our quickly changing planet.” “Wagner began these paintings working in an art collective in an industrial area of Berlin. The work is informed by German painting, from Romanticism to Neo-Expressionism and the Leipzig School. The artist was also influenced by the raw, creative spaces of Berlin, a city that is redefining and rebuilding itself as a place of inclusion after many dark chapters in its history.” The nine paintings that make up the exhibition, Metropolis,looks to an unstable future, but is grounded in the now.
Virginia Wagner is a painter and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She received the 2016 Lotos Prize in Painting and has been granted residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Across, Vermont Studio Center, and Yale Norfolk. Her portrait series, Outlaws, was made into a short documentary by Joe Rubenstein, and was featured on BBC Radio’s Cultural Frontline. Wagner currently teaches fine art at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University.
Virginia Wagner: Metropolis will be on view from November 9 to December 9, 2017 with Opening Reception on Thursday, November 9 from 6-8pm. Kate Oh Gallery is located at 50 East 72nd Street, between Park and Madison Avenue. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org