“At the Auction,” a new solo exhibition of work by artist Daniel Greene, opened last night at Gallery Henoch in New York City. In his recent work, Greene focuses on the rarefied world of fine art auctions, capturing the drama and excitement of these high-pressure settings.
According to Maureen Bloomfield in “The World as Stage,” a feature on the artist in the May 2015 issue of The Artist’s Magazine:
“At the start of this series, Greene observed auctions at Christie’s, where he made sketches at previews and during actual events. He then bought an antique podium and pedestal and had carpenters build replicas of the booths, which he outfitted with old-fashioned telephones, in effect recreating a facsimile of the set of Christie’s in his north light studio.
“He and his wife, the painter Wende Caporale, have long collected antiques. ‘Antique dealers themselves are acquisitive, a fascinating breed, unique as the artifacts they exhibit and sell,’ Greene says. ‘I found significance in people bidding, vying with one another. An auction is a drama in real time, and auctions exhibit all the elements I’m interested in: I love painting people; I love painting antiques and artifacts; I love painting pictures of other paintings.’
“Indeed, one of the great pleasures of these paintings is the copied works within them. These pictures within the picture are often visible, too, as fragmentary reflections on the auctioneer’s platform; so that he can create that illusion, Greene prints copies of master works, then places the copies in baroque frames.”
Greene (www.danielgreeneartist.com), a Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame honoree, has won every conceivable award for artists. The artist works primarily in both oil and pastel. He has taught at the Art Students League of New York and currently offers summer portrait workshops. Cavalier Gallery in Greenwich, Conn.; Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; Portraits, Inc; Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, Ala., and S.R. Brennan Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and Palm Desert, Calif. represent his work.
“At The Auction” will be on view at Gallery Henoch in New York City through April 25. (Photos courtesy of Gallery Henoch.)