at The Horticultural Society of New York
November 4 – December 30, 2015
at The New York Design Center
200 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
New York’s premier showcase of contemporary botanical art opens November 4, featuring some of the genre’s most established artists alongside emerging talents. For the first time, the exhibition is hosted by the New York Design Center. Artworks were selected from 234 submissions by jurors Susan Fraser, David Horak, and Catherine Watters. The forty-four works are by artists from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, and the UK.
Botanical artists are known for their celebratory depictions of the harvest, and that affinity is represented here. Asuka Hishiki’s (Japan) two rhythmic watercolors depict root vegetables Turnips and Watermelon Radishes show leaves, roots, and imperfect edible orbs. Brussels Sprouts are counterintuitively shown as a voluminous horizontal column by Katy Lyness (US). And Liz Shippam (UK) displays a cropped, photoreal section of Opal Plums in watercolor, skillfully rendering the evocative dusty bloom on richly colored plums. In Raspberries Past Prime, Connie Scanlon (US) captures that fleeting end of season when raspberries are juicy and delicious, but the vine is already curling up……
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