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THE PATTERNS WE PERCEIVE – NEW PAINTINGS ON FABRIC & OTHER MYSTERIES
FEBRUARY 1 – FEBRUARY 16, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019 || 6-9PM


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The Fritz Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Bruce Helander: The Patterns We Perceive—New Paintings on Fabric & Other Mysteries. Bruce Helander is arguably one of the best known and successful artists in South Florida; he has had a long and distinguished career of related professional activities as an art critic and curator. His work is in the permanent collections of over fifty museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has exhibited his work in many Florida museums, including the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton Museum of Art as well as the Norton Museum of Art, which acquired 26 individual collages for their collection during his exhibition at the museum. Helander’s work is in numerous corporate and private collections, including many of the top contemporary art collectors in Palm Beach. Kenworth Moffett, former director of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, wrote in Gold Coast magazine, “If there was a Pulitzer Prize for collage Helander would surely win it.”

Helander is best known for his collages, which often are transferred onto canvas and appropriated from cultural imagery. Presented for the first time, the new works in this show are collages from vintage and contemporary images; these images have been abstracted, altered, and re-contextualized. Some works explore floral patterned fabric, which has been manipulated with painting. Other works explore historic moments, such as Mickey Mouse’s balloon debut in 1934 at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. This show will also feature new collaborative works created with Helander’s wife, Claudia; she creates framed living compositions of plant and moss materials, which can also be seen at Café Boulud in the Brazilian Court and the Esplanade on Worth Avenue.

The opening reception will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 6-9pm. The Fritz Gallery is located at 211 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL. The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday and Monday by appointment only. For more information, or to RSVP, please email info@fritzgallery.com, or call (561) 906-5337.

Biography: Helander has exhibited his work in over 100 solo exhibitions around the world, including London, Venice, Paris, Dubai, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston, among others. His work has received national acclaim in a variety of art publications, such as ARTnews, Art in America, The New Criterion, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Observer, and The New Yorker. Helander received his BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, where later he was appointed Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He also has studied at Yale University for Journalism.




HELMUT KOLLER: SOLO EXHIBITION
FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 17, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019 || 6-10PM

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After being celebrated around the world for 15 years, the work of internationally renowned painter Helmut Koller is being fêted again in Palm Beach this winter at the prestigious Wendy Fritz Gallery from February 22nd to March 17th. 

The year 2018 marked the Artist's triumphal return to his Russian collectors through four successful exhibitions that garnered great attention. Now 2019 will seal his return to major American and Asian cities including New York and Hong Kong.

Koller is best known for his vibrant large-scale canvases depicting various species of the animal kingdom, which are rendered in a “New Pop” style that employs fantastical colors and graphic detail. “These paintings are iconic portraits of sentient beings,” says the artist, “supreme beauties without a reference of time and space, esoteric manipulations of nature.”
Born in 1954 in Hartberg in the Austrian province of Styria, Helmut Koller, the son of a member of Parliament, took up photography at a young age, landing a job as the official photographer of the Vienna State Opera. His work depicting legendary figures such as Rudolf Nureyev and Herbert von Karajan, as well as fashion photography, was frequently featured in glossy magazines such as Bunte, TV Guide, Fortune and Men’s Style. “But in the back of my mind,” he recalls, “I believed that painters are greater artists and I was ‘just’ a photographer.” An Egon Schiele exhibition proved revelatory, leading Koller to create “Homage to Egon Schiele,” a series of nude photographs, in 1981. The following year he created mixed media works on paper that combined photography and painting. By 1988, Koller had abandoned photography completely and devoted himself to the medium of acrylic paint, first with varied thematic material, then to portraits of American Indians, which, he says, was “where I seriously learned how to paint.”

Returning briefly to nudes, Koller further refined what became a signature rigorous three-color discipline. “I was fascinated to discover that the more you limit yourself to a pictorial language and style with very close parameters, the more exciting the creative process becomes,” says Koller, who splits his time between Vienna and Palm Beach.

Since beginning this series of animal portraits in 1997, the self-taught artist has become a darling of a jet-setting clientele that frequents glamour capitals of the world, from Palm Beach, Monaco and Gstaad to New York, Paris, and Singapore. His works hang in chic residences around the globe, including Kensington Palace, the top of The Peak in Hong Kong and stately prewar buildings of Park Avenue.


The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 6-10pm. The Fritz Gallery is located at 211 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, FL. The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday and Monday by appointment only. For more information, or to RSVP, please email info@fritzgallery.com, or call (561) 906-5337.



Helmut Koller. Lion Head in Purple, 2018. Acrylic on Linen, 
38 1/2 × 27 1/2 in.
Location
Fritz Gallery
211 Royal Poinciana Way,
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Contact
info@fritzgallery.com
+1 (561) 906-5337
Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm
Monday and Sunday by Appointment Only