Madelyn Jordon Fine Art WOSENE WORKE KOSROF: Painting Prose

WOSENE WORKE KOSROF: Painting Prose

May 10 - June 29, 2013

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present a third solo exhibition of new works by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Wosene Worke Kosrof entitled Painting Prose from May 10 – June 29, 2013. An opening reception will be held Fri., May 10, 2013 from 6-8PM. The artist will be present and the public is invited. Previews and private showings are by appointment only. 

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Madelyn Jordon Fine Art The Decade Show: An Anniversary Exhibition

The Decade Show: An Anniversary Exhibition

September 17 - November 12, 2011

THE DECADE SHOW: An Anniversary Exhibition
September 17 – November 12, 2011


Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is delighted to present “The Decade Show: An Anniversary Exhibition,” a celebratory exhibition marking the gallery’s 10-year anniversary, on September 17 through November 12, 2011. With a special focus on the 10 artists who have been integral to the gallery over the last 10 years, the show will feature unexpected groupings of work to create an exciting dialogue between the artists and their pieces, demonstrating the vitality and scope of our programming.

The 10th anniversary exhibition will showcase artists, David Kimball Anderson, Stanley Boxer, Antonio Carreno, Ken Elliott, Theodore Fried, Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida, Lawrence Kelsey, Wosene Worke Krosof, Ted Larsen, and Linda Touby. The show will present works in several mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.

“It’s been quite a decade. Time passes by quickly, but I look back at the friends we’ve made, the exhibitions we’ve presented, and what we’ve accomplished. There’s a lot that I’m proud of, and I hope we’ve been a positive influence in our area — providing a link to exceptionally talented artists, and facilitating an interaction with great work,” Madelyn Jordon said.

Additional festivities surrounding the gallery’s anniversary have been planned, including a benefit silent auction of exciting artworks by emerging and established artists every two weeks, a mobile pop-up gallery traveling county-wide, and an Open House on September 17, 2011 to kick off the show. The public is invited.

The rotating silent auctions will feature works by new and established artists, such as Josef Albers, John Beerman, Ross Bleckner, Zang Fanzhi, Makoto Fujimura, Dan Gualdoni, Paul Hunter, Alex Katz, Wolf Khan, Patrick LoCicero, Kim McCarty, Yue Minjun, Pablo Picasso, Earl Scofield, Hunt Slonem, Christina Stahr, Fumiko Toda, Michael Torlen and others. Every two weeks, you will have a chance to bid on a curated group of works by phone, by e-mail or in person.

On select evenings throughout the fall, we will be traveling county-wide with our mobile pop-up art gallery to towns such as Armonk, Chappaqua, Greenwich, Bronxville and Rye. Residents will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of three Josef Albers prints. Details regarding locations and times will be posted on our website, Twitter and Facebook.

Opening its doors within the Scarsdale community in the fall of 2001, MJFA has been a source for experienced and novice collectors in contemporary art for 10 years. Our commitment to quality and our loyal clients have allowed the gallery to survive past the art market crash of 2007 and a weak economy. We are thankful to the talents of our artists and the business of our clients over the last 10 years.

As stated by Roberta Smith, New York Times chief art critic, “The art dealers’ creed is partly financial, partly educational. They want to make money, in order to support themselves and their artists, but they also want to exhibit things that, ideally, you don’t see every day, things that expand the viewing public’s sense of the present or the past in some way” (New York Times, p. C-22, 8/19/11). That has been this gallery’s goal and we look forward to continuing for years to come.
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30AM - 5:30PM

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Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Wosene Worke Kosrof:  Word Play

Wosene Worke Kosrof: Word Play

April 10 - May 23, 2009


WOSENE WORKE KOSROF – “Word Play”
April 10 – May 23, 2009

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present “Word Play” a second solo exhibition of recent work by Wosene Worke Kosrof. This exhibition is highly anticipated and coincides with his inclusion in exhibitions at The Newark Museum and The Fowler Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles, which have recently acquired major works by the artist and raised his profile in contemporary art circles. The exhibition shall run from April 10 - May 23, 2009. A reception, featuring live jazz will be held on Fri., April 17, 2009 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Previews and private showings are by appointment only.

A studio painter for more than 30 years, Wosene (his professional name) was academically trained in Ethiopia and the United States and was among the first African contemporary artists to gain critical international attention. He is best known for ingenious renderings of the Amharic script, one of the world’s oldest languages, and is the first Ethiopian-born contemporary artist to incorporate these symbols as a root element in fine art paintings. In his color-drenched, densely detailed canvases, the artist elongates, distorts and assembles the symbols into forms of universal appeal beyond their linguistic meaning. The artist’s inspirations are varied, drawing upon African traditions, personal experience and Western art practices. American jazz improvisations and 1980’s graffiti art are a source of inspiration and give movement and animation to the canvas while highlighting his masterful use of color. There is a rich dialoguing between the letter forms, symbols and intensely worked, textured surfaces, each image competing for attention within the spatial structure of the composition. At times crowded, at times simplified, Wosene’s current works are grounded in an integration of influences, cultures and themes which resist strict ‘reading’; instead, they offer images of pure visual power which delight the eye, stimulate the senses and invite study.

Kosrof’s works are in numerous museum collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (DC); Library of Congress; Newark Museum (NJ); The Neuberger Museum of Art (NY); Indianapolis Museum of Art (IN); Birmingham Museum of Art (AL); Samuel P. Harn Museum (FL); the National Museum, Addis Ababa; Volkerunde Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; and in many private and corporate collections. He exhibits widely in international galleries.
Tues - Sat, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Words: From Spoken to Seen WOSENE WORKE KOSROF paintings GARY DIPASQUALE ceramics

Words: From Spoken to Seen WOSENE WORKE KOSROF paintings GARY DIPASQUALE ceramics

May 11 - June 30, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wosene Worke Kosrof – “Words: From Spoken to Seen”
May 11 – June 30, 2007

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of paintings by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Wosene Worke Kosrof, entitled: Wosene Worke Kosrof : “ Words: From Spoken to Seen”, running from May 11th - June 30, 2007. An opening reception for the artist, featuring live jazz will be held on Fri., May 11, 2007 from 6:30 - 9 p.m., with a gallery talk by the artist at 7 p.m. Previews and private showings are by appointment only.

A studio painter for more than 35 years, Kosrof was academically trained as a fine artist in Ethiopia and the United States and was among the first African contemporary artists to gain critical international attention. Now 100 years since Picasso adopted imagery from African masks to develop modern Western painting, Kosrof has turned another artistic corner combining written letters of the ancient Amharic language of Ethiopia with elements of American-style gestural painting by such New York School artists as Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning.

Kosrof is best known for his ingenious renderings of the Amharic script, one of the world’s oldest languages, and he is the first Ethiopian-born contemporary artist to incorporate these symbols as a root element in fine art paintings. In his color-drenched, densely detailed canvases, the artists elongates, distorts and assembles the symbols into forms that have universal meaning or appeal rather than forming legible words. American jazz
improvisations and 80’s graffiti art are a source of inspiration for the artist and give movement and animation to the canvas while highlighting his masterful use of color.

Kosrof’s timeless, dynamic artistic expression crosses cultures and international boundaries. His canvases move beyond cultural and national confines to a unique universal visual language. As noted journalist Jack Fischer writes, “Wosene Kosrof’s art is “a fascinating study of what ethnic identity can mean in a global age.”

Kosrof’s works are in museum collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (DC); Library of Congress; Newark Museum (NJ); The Neuberger Museum of Art (NY); Indianapolis Museum of Art (IN); Birmingham Museum of Art (AL); Samuel P. Harn Museum (FL); the National Museum, Addis Ababa; Volkerunde Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; and in many private and corporate collections. He exhibits widely in international galleries.


Madelyn Jordon Fine Art
14 Chase Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Tel: (914) 723-8738
E-mail: info@madelynjordonfineart.com
Tues-Sat 10-5:30 PM

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