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Celebrating Summer in an Exhibition at the Robin Rice Gallery

ZEALnyc, July 28, 2017

During the summer months everything feels more relaxed, less rigid, allowing us to engage in various activities and seasonal pleasures both indoors and out.  Each summer the Robin Rice Gallery presents a ‘Summertime Salon’ exhibition that mirrors the sentiments and ideology of the season: striking images of natural beauty, as well as individuals interacting with their surroundings, from poolside to oceanside. This year’s exhibition is no exception, and contains approximately one hundred images from fifty-one gallery artists curated personally by gallery owner/photographer Robin Rice.

Tanya Malott; Montauk Surf, Montauk, NY (2002); Giclee print on dibond mount; courtesy of Robin Rice Gallery.

Rice admits to a genuine delight in putting together what she considers “her favorite show” each year. She has described the Summertime Salon as an exhibition that “transports us to a world where we can delve into this very summer sentiment. With its smells, sounds, and architecture New York City might redefine what we know as a summer’s day,” bringing an expansive view of a classic understanding of summer to the city.

The two, long walls of the gallery are mosaicked with photographs covering the entirety of the gallery. This annual exhibition allows Rice to feature the works of gallery artists, many with whom she has had longstanding relationships, as well as welcoming a few newcomers in the mix. All of the pieces are displayed in a strategically designed masterplan where details from one image relate and complement the one that follows, allowing the exhibit to be viewed as a whole.

Luciana Pampalone; Graflex (2012); archival pigment print; courtesy of Robin Rice Gallery.

This year’s exhibition promotional image, Graflex by Luciana Pampalone, features a woman dressed in all white, shielding herself from the blinding sun with a sunhat, secured to her head with a polka-dot harness, while preparing a vintage Graflex camera to take a picture. The image is generationally amorphous, it could be capturing a moment from just yesterday or we could be peeking at an era from the past.

The Summertime Salon is currently running at the Robin Rice Gallery at its home in Chelsea (325 West 11th Street), and has recently extended its run through October 30. For more information click here.


Cover: Sarah Hadley; What I Remember, Sylmar, CA; archival pigment print; courtesy of Robin Rice Gallery.


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