Bob Stanley: An American Icon

Presented by Studio Vendome in collaboration with Beez and Honey and Francois Vandame

Exhibition October 26 – December 7, 2015

Opening Reception: Monday October 26, 6-9pm

NEW YORK-In collaboration with the Estate of Robert Stanley and Francois Vandame, Studio Vendome is delighted to present, "Bob Stanley: You Get the Picture", the first survey of critically acclaimed American Pop
artist, Bob Stanley, in New York since his death in 1997.
This groundbreaking survey focuses on his early beginnings to his late work and the exhibition highlights the range and quality of material, technique and subject matter within a lexicon modern American culture. Stanley first emerged in the experimental New York art scene in the 1960s alongside his contemporaries, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wessleman, Andy Warhol and
Richard Artschwager. In the spirit of his Pop Art peers, Stanley was primarily interested in the wide-spread dissemination and distribution of images through industrial forms of printmaking and he is especially remembered
for his silkscreen paintings of musicians including Dionne Warwick, Kim Weston, James Brown and the Supremes, as well as athletes, actors and celebrities in juicy colors and jarring contrasts of purple, orange, yellow and red.
Inspired by the classical tradition of painting the female nude, concurrent to these iconic portraits, Stanley began a series of intimate, full body paintings of close friends and family. Working on a monumental scale, Stanley captured an essential emotion and rawness within these individuals, bridging abstraction with figuration on a deeply visceral and immediate level. This ongoing series of portraits developed from the late 1960s up until his death in 1997.
Finally, this survey highlights Stanley's relationship to American consumer culture, reinterpreting traditional themes such as the still life with irony and a dry sense of humor. Alongside advertisements and images found in
popular culture, Stanley regularly took photographs of the trees in Central Park and garbage found on the streets of Manhattan. As well, throughout his career, Stanley made prolific drawings and paintings of fruit, vegetables and branded goods. The varied subjects are a reminder of how we interact with each other and our surrounding environments; whether these spaces are man-made and industrial or naturally occurring and organic.
Through these distinguished works, Stanley challenged representations of the body, investigated issues relating to the merging of high and low culture within an established canon of art history, and, perhaps most significantly, contributed to our wider understanding of a recognizable style of modern American art.
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