Painter and Rider University professor Deborah Rosenthal presents “The Seasons,” the new exhibition at the Rider University Art Gallery, opening with a reception on Thursday, March 3, 5 to 7 p.m. iThe reception includes a 6 p.m. Westminster Choir College presentation of season inspired songs by Finzi, Schubert, Schumann, Schoenberg, and Strauss.
The New York-born artist began her training as a child at the Arts Student League and pursued studies in both English and visual art, receiving a degree in literature from Barnard College, an MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute, and attending classes with artists at Queens and Brooklyn colleges.
She has exhibited at the Bowery Gallery in New York City since 1984, participated in group and solo shows in museums and galleries throughout the United States, and published in Art in America, Artforum, Drawing, Modern Painters, the College Art Journal, The New Criterion, and Yale Review. She has also taught at Rider University since 1989.
As award winning poet and instructor Peter Campion begins in his introduction to Rosenthal’s exhibition, “Deborah Rosenthal’s paintings in ‘Seasons’ reveal a sensibility immersed in landscape, in natural cycles of transformation and renewal.”
Other revealing statements by Campion include: “What makes her so remarkable is the strength of her aesthetic imagination. She is that rare artist whose formal knowledge has fused so thoroughly with her inventiveness that they appear indistinguishable: with a few brushstrokes she can bring the entire history of painting to bear, even while those brushstrokes remain spontaneous.”
“Her fascination with counterpointed doubles shows in the contours and shapes themselves. The immovability of mountains and the transience of water, the hardness of rock and the softness of cloud, the repetition of patterns and their sudden interruptions — these are only some of the opposing sensations rendered in the paintings.”
“She manages, while remaining true to the innate properties of her own medium, to endow her paintings with a poetic fusion of intellect and feeling. To spend time with the work in ‘Seasons’ is to explore metaphor itself, to feel the consubstantiality of all things “rolled round in earth’s diurnal course,” along with the urge to wrest form and meaning from that mutability.”
And, “The combination of figurative and abstract approaches is not simply a method for Rosenthal but a subject itself, one she explores for its metaphorical richness.”
The Seasons, Bart Luedeke Center, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road. Opening reception on Thursday, March 3, 5 to 7 p.m., including a 6 p.m. Westminster Choir College presentation.
Rosenthal will provide an overview of her work on Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. On view through Sunday, April 10. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Closed March 12 through 20. Free. 609-895-5168 or go to www.rider.edu/artgallery.