Driscoll Babcock Gallery in New York has announced the extension of Marylyn Dintenfass’ Drop Dead Gorgeous exhibition through January 26, 2013.
The exhibit’s title alludes to the subject matter of the show, beautiful but deceptively deadly plants. Like Angel’s Trumpet, whose large, pendulous trumpet-shaped flowers draw you in with a mesmerizing combination of eye-popping color and intoxicating fragrance. But get the sap from the petals or leaves on your skin or ingest the flower, and confusion, terrifying visual and auditory hallucinations, migraines, tachycardia, and even death can occur. In 1994 alone, 112 Florida teenagers were hospitalized from eating Angel’s Trumpet in order to sample the flower’s hallucinatory properties.
Dintenfass has always loved the interplay of blessings and curses, and in this new series of paintings she has increased the scale, heightened the chromatic intensity and simplified the visual layering to produce a powerful and graphic visual.
Modern Painters includes Drop Dead Gorgeous in their 2012 “100 Best Fall Shows Worldwide.” Driscoll Babcock’s president, Dr. John Driscoll asserts that Dintenfass’ vibrant abstractions of the Angel Trumpet’s shape, form and colors “reaffirm her position as a significant figure in the rich tradition of colorists who explore the potent and evocative union of representation and abstraction. Figures like James Turrell, Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, Morris Louis, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin.”
Driscoll also points to the paintings’ “more overt sexual sensuousness in the metaphorical anatomical references in which the dangerous and sinister flower forms conjure genital appendages and vaginal slits in pulsing colors.”
Internationally-known and respected, Dintenfass’ work is found in major public, corporate and private collections in Denmark, England, Israel, Italy, Japan and the United States. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mississippi Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are among the art museums that have collected her work. Her 2010 Parallel Park installation in Fort Myers, Florida is one of the largest and most noteworthy public art projects of the last decade.
Located at 525 West 25th Street in lower Manhattan, Driscoll Babcock Gallery lies in the heart of the Chelsea art district in lower Manhattan that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. The super storm forced postponement of the opening of Drop Dead Gorgeous from November 8 to November 17. The gallery is presently closed for the holidays, but will re-open January 2nd. Although new to Chelsea, Driscoll Babcock is one of New York’s oldest and most venerable art galleries.
For more information about Marylyn Dintenfass, Driscoll Babcock or Drop Dead Gorgeous, please visit www.driscollbabcock.com or telephone 212-7671852.