Arne Svenson
A Beautiful Day

Arne Svenson, A Beautiful Day #11, 2021, Pigment Print, 16 x 11 in.

Contemporary Art Matters is pleased to present Arne Svenson: A Beautiful Day, a solo exhibition of new photographs that represent Svenson’s view of the world as seen from his NYC Tribeca studio window. The show is on view November 19 – December 21, 2021, with gallery hours Tuesdays thru Thursdays 11-6, and by appointment and virtual appointment. For more information, please email us at [email protected].

A Beautiful Day is photographed from only two windows, one facing north, the other west. This intentional restriction narrows the artists focus on behavioral minutia. Svenson creates a visual narrative about unknowing subjects from the subtlest of movements, postures, and positions. As the subject passes into the constricted field of view, only seconds exist to isolate and record the pictorial equivalent of the opening line of a story that may be faded out and completed as they like by those who view these photographs.

A Beautiful Day is a new extension of The Neighbors, an ongoing series created through necessity. When the new series began, Svenson thought he was done with staring out windows and photographing anonymous lives but as pandemic-related shutdowns multiplied, he

was sequestered in his second-floor studio, unable to travel or schedule shoots. Very few people wandered the neighborhood, but those who did caught his attention, just as the apartment dwellers formerly had. Instead of seeing across the street into the interior lives of the subjects, he looked down to the street and photographed lives lived on the public street and sidewalk. Svenson’s aim remains the same: to capture those seemingly banal behaviors in which we all engage and to reveal the wonder, mystery, and beauty of them.

Arne Svenson is a self-taught photographer with an educational and vocational background in special education. His photographs have been shown extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia and are included in numerous public and private collections, including SFMOMA, Carnegie Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Norton Museum of Art. Svenson’s work has been reviewed/profiled in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America and The New Yorker, among other publications. In 2016 he received the prestigious Nannen Prize in photojournalism for his project The Neighbors.Svenson is the author/photographer of numerous books, including Unspeaking Likeness, The Neighbors, Prisoners and Sock Monkeys (200 out of 1,863). Recent solo exhibitions were at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO, (2016); Western Gallery + Public Art Collection, Western Washington University, WA, (2017) and a two-person show with the work of Andre Kertesz at Galerie Miranda, Paris (2019).

Arne Svenson, A Beautiful Day #7, 2021, Pigment Print, 16 x 11 in.

Melissa Meyer: Winter Exhibition

Melissa Meyer, Desto, 2012, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

Melissa Meyer Summer in the City I, 2018, Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 in.

Melissa Meyer, Summer in the City I, 2018, Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 in.

Melissa Meyer, A Little Nod II (Diptych), 2021, Oil on canvas, 20 x 32 in.

Melissa Meyer

Melissa Meyer is a New York based abstract painter known for her lyrical paintings and calligraphic approach. Her approach is layered and thoughtful, intuitive and responsive.

Melissa Meyer received both a BS and an MA from New York University. Her lengthy exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York; Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York; Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; Holly Solomon Gallery, New York and Galerie Renee Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland. Meyer’s development has been surveyed in two traveling exhibitions – one originated at the New York Studio School and the second at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Her works have been included recently in group exhibitions at The Jewish Museum, New York; Texas Gallery, Houston; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York and the National Academy of Design in New York, an organization of which she is a member.

She has completed public commissions in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Bishkek US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. Her work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum and many other public and private collections across the United States. Meyer was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. She is a frequent artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York as well as at the Vermont Studio.