Magda Salvesen, the curator of the Jon Schueler Estate and a garden and art historian who lives in the flourishing New York City area just below 23rd Street and Fifth, celebrated the finale of her year of presenting her husband’s legacy of superb paintings combining the internal psychology of nude women models with the transcendent skies of northern Scotland, by hosting a small dinner reception of influential movers in the world of architecture and environmental activism who inevitably discussed among other things the deplorable outlook for Oval Office generated policy during the next four years, and the unlooked for results of the recent election and who might be to blame, a somewhat dangerous topic which resulted in general agreement on the fundamental motivation of Trump supporters as reflecting their feeling of neglect by the major parties as their economic position declined, about which Strangers In Their Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild was said to be revelatory, though there was puzzlement over the women who had preferred Trump to Clinton, some of whom were thought to be “threatened by the Independent Woman”, and criticism of Clinton as having mishandled her candidacy was roundly rejected by one indignant female supporter who objected that “there was nothing original” in any of the complaints voiced, before the talk moved on to the debasement of language with “gift” replacing “give” as a verb and the use of “curate” referring to the preparation of a sandwich.
Skyscapes is part of the National centenary celebration of Jon Schueler’s birth. Born in Milwaukee in 1916, Schueler studied at the California School of Fine Arts from 1948-51 where his teachers included Clyfford Still and Richard Diebenkorn. A contemporary of Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, he discovered Mallaig on the Scottish west coast in 1957 and this landscape informed his work in NY throughout the ‘60s. In 1970 he returned to Mallaig for 5 years and then painted there most summers until his death in 1992. Essentially an abstract painter, Schueler nonetheless grounded his work in nature especially in the light and atmosphere of the west coast.
Berry Campbell Gallery is pleased to present 19 paintings and works on paper by Abstract Expressionist, JON SCHUELER (Milwaukee, 1916-1992). Known for his ethereal and abstracted paintings of the sky, Berry Campbell has curated an exhibition of rarely before seen figurative works from the 1960s. Many of these paintings have not been on view since an exhibition at the Maryland Institute, Baltimore in 1967. Schueler himself described these paintings as “woman emerging from landscape” and as we call them “women in the sky.” Please join us in celebration of Jon Schueler and his “women in the sky” paintings at Berry Campbell in Chelsea on Thursday, November 17 from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition will run through December 23, 2016.