Janos Gat inaugurates his new gallery space on the Lower East Side with an exhibition of major works by the Paris-based artist Judit Reigl (born in Kapuvár, Hungary, 1923). Completed between 1956 and l975, the paintings on view are central to an oeuvre that spans half a century and still cannot be considered complete. Ranging in size from three by four to eight by twenty feet, the paintings offer a summary of their creator's material choices and esthetic development, leading us to come to terms with Judit Reigl's complex and dynamic logic of contradictions.

It is remarkable that the works of a veteran artist little known in New York can nail us to the floor today on their visual strength alone. In France, where she is now recognized as one of the major figures of post-World War II art, one hears and sees more and more of Judit Reigl. The focus of extensive critical attention abroad, her oeuvre is celebrated for having discarded boundaries and rules once deemed absolute, obliterating the difference between surface and ground, the distinction between the front and the back of the canvas, and the antagonism between the figurative and the non-objective, even while reconciling surrealism and abstraction. The present survey of the art of Judit Reigl offers a lens through which to consider afresh the course of European painting in the second half of the twentieth century.

Judit Reigl's first exhibition in New York is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with texts by Krisztina Passuth and Ágnes Berecz.

Judit Reigl
(b.1923)
September 20, 2007 - April 20, 2008

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