19th Annual International Botanical Art Exhibition
American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York at New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
November 3 – December 23, 2016
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, November 3, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
VIP Reception & Press Preview
Thursday, November 3 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Please RSVP by October 28 to Scourtade@thehort.org
The premier showcase of contemporary botanical art opens November 3, featuring some of the genre’s most established artists worldwide alongside emerging talents. Hosted by the New York Design Center in its 10th Floor gallery space, the exhibition features forty-eight artworks by artists from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK. Artworks were selected from a highly competitive field of 258 submissions by jurors Susan Fraser, Director, Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden; David Horak, Curator of the Aquatic House, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Catherine Watters, Botanical Artist. Jared Goss, formerly an Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Board Member of The Hort, has agreed to serve as guest Curator for the exhibition.
This year’s exhibition has a broad range of botanical depictions, from flowers and fruit to roots, trees, and heirloom vegetables. Autumn is harvest time, and several artworks are timed for the season. Linda Medved-Lufkin (US) has depicted a tangle of filaments and husk in her dramatic watercolor Purple Popcorn, featured on this year’s exhibition card. Viewed from above, Speckled Hound Pie Pumpkin in Decline is a study in texture and color by Kathy Schermer-Gramm (US). And the upright spiky branches of Japanese Quince pit the aggressive thorns of its branches against its heavy orbs of fruit in Lizzie Sanders’ (UK) watercolor.
Noriko Kaneko’s (Japan) watercolor Chinese Cork Oak is evocative of the windswept rustle of dried leaves, with its muted palette of siennas and gray-greens. Coneflower, Winter is a silvery rendition in graphite of seed heads and dried foliage that remain long after the season has passed, by Jane Hancock (US). Rosalind Allchin’s (Canada) watercolor Blue Flag Iris Seedpods shows the wispy, desiccated pods cradling its mother lode of fertile bronze seeds. To examine the seed head and follicles of Coast Banksia is to take an exotic tour through a strange landscape, along with Australian artist Deb Chirnside.
Some very dramatic flowers are represented here as well. Jean Emmons’ (US) watercolor on vellum Hibiscus ‘Hugs and Kisses’ is a rendering of action, its flower’s center seemingly a vortex around which its rainbow-colored petals whirl. Camellia ‘White Phoenix’ is a contrast between dark waxy leaves and pom pom-like white flowers in Akiko Enokido’s (Japan) lush watercolor on vellum. Cockscomb II, Carrie DiCostanzo’s (US) gouache painting, depicts playfully undulating stems, its many brilliant floral folds repeating the rhythm. For the traditionalists in the audience, Esmée Winkel’s (Netherlands) Blackberry Lily is skillfully rendered, showing beautifully modeled flowers and seeds, each leaf vein and wrinkle lovingly painted in watercolor.
Fruits and vegetables find an enthusiastic audience in the botanical artist. An oil on paper by Ingrid Finnan (US), Breakfast Radishes, uses a bottom-up vantage point to depict a hefty clump of rosy orbs and imperfect leaves. Intricately frilled edges of Kale are satisfyingly shown in a breezy composition by Lara Call Gastinger (US), and Liz Shippam’s (UK) Blueberries ‘Coville’ are a hyper-real, asymmetrically composed watercolor of a ripening berry branch. Artist Asuka Hishiki’s (Japan) Dancing Duo humorously examines the scars a couple of heirloom tomatoes incur through the season, while still able to produce mouth-watering fruit. The two tomatoes barely touch, while anchored to their branch whose leaves have also seen better days.
This exhibition continues to surprise and amaze, the genre’s vitality demonstrated by the breadth of interpretations of the plants we find around us. A series of events is being planned for this year’s exhibition, see ASBA’s website at http://asba-art.org/exhibitions/19th-annual-international for updates. For further information or to arrange a guided group visit, contact email@example.com. The American Society of Botanical Artists has a membership of over 1,500 from the United States and 27 other countries. Its mission is to provide a thriving, interactive community dedicated to perpetuating the tradition and contemporary practice of botanical art.
The Horticultural Society of New York’s Gallery mission is to sustain the connection between people and plants. Its social service and public programs educate and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.
For further information, please contact:
ASBA at 866-691-9080 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.asba-art.org
The Hort at 212-757-0915 / Scourtade@thehort.org / www.thehort.org
1st Dibs Gallery at New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave, New York is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 – 5:30.