For immediate release

November 2022

Naomi Nemtzow

Exhibition dates:       November 29, 2022 – December 30, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2022, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk:              In Conversation with Ro Lohin and Rita Baragona

                                 Saturday, December 10, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Bowery Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit of new work by Naomi Nemtzow. The current exhibit represents a departure from Nemtzow’s previous work, where she was best known for paintings and collages of the urban landscape. Like many other artists, Nemtzow was profoundly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and ensuing quarantine. Separated from the familiar outside world and social connection, Nemtzow turned inward to assemble compositions from imagination. Here we see suggestions of worlds other than our own, where shapes and lines give way to odd unnamed creatures and structures, connected to each other by an assortment of pathways. A sense of landscape remains, but what place is this?

Nemtzow also ventures beyond the rectangle. The show includes 3-dimensional wall constructions and energetically shaped 2-dimensional pieces, as well as more conventionally formatted works. Throughout, lively arrangements of abstract shapes form the substrate for drawings which connect and elaborate upon those shapes. A sense of celebration and gentle humor pervade much of the work, although at moments one might also catch a whiff of impending catastrophe.

Writing about Nemtzow’s 2012 show, Peter Plagens said,

“…it takes a real sense of visual poetry to make good (collages). Naomi Nemtzow…makes very good collages….she distills what she’s seen into joyful, straight-edged compositions of brightly painted paper.”

About Bowery Gallery:

Founded in 1969, Bowery Gallery has been showing contemporary art of the highest quality for more than six decades. Bowery Gallery is a cooperative, founded by artists and directed by the collective decision making of its member artists. From its beginnings, Bowery Gallery has been a force for the expansion of art's traditions in a venue unconstrained by commercial pressures. Named after its original location, Bowery Gallery is now located in the heart of the Chelsea art district.

General information:

Bowery Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 508, New York, NY 10001

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm

Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to wear masks.