The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward
Harry Smith, Philip Taaffe, and Fred Tomaselli
September 10 - October 19, 2002
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FRED TOMASELLI, Eyes Inverted in Endless Audio, 2002, mixed media, resin on wood, 48 X 36 inches
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PHILIP TAAFFE, Villa Urbana III, 2000-2001, mixed media on canvas, 43 x 73 inches
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FRED TOMASELLI, Fungi and Flowers, 2002, leaves, photo collage, pills, gouache, acrylic on resin on wood panel, 48 x 36 inches
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HARRY SMITH with string figure, 1970. Photo by Jon Palmer
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PHILIP TAAFFE, Water Music, 2002, mixed media on canvas, 30 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches
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FRED TOMASELLI, Head, 2002, mixed media, resin on wood, 11 X 11 inches
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HARRY SMITH, Untitled (Zodia Study), c 1974, 14 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches
Press Release

This exhibition curated by Raymond Foye presents the visual art of Harry Smith (1923-1991) painter, filmmaker, folklorist, anthropologist, and practicing magician; seen in the light of two of his most dedicated and influential admirers, Philip Taaffe (b. 1955) and Fred Tomaselli (b. 1956). Important figures in the revitalization of painting today, Taaffe and Tomaselli have separately explored many of the themes central to Smith's prescient aesthetic; one rooted in the theosophical and spiritualist origins of European abstraction as evidenced in the works of Kupka, Kandinsky and Mondrian.

Note also: The world theatrical premiere of FILM #18 - MAHAGONNY, the unfinished final film by legendary American cultural figure Harry Smith, will take place at Anthology Film Archives from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 22. The film involves astonishing sequences of four-screen projection, and has just been restored by Anthology and Harry Smith Archives. The screenings will be punctuated with several live performances by John Zorn and other musicians in tribute to Harry Smith, on Thursday, September 12 and after MAHAGONNY on Saturday, September 14.

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Exhibition Publication
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Publication Info$35.00 - Request availability

This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition of the same title at James Cohan Gallery, September 10, 2002 to October 19, 2002.


Published by James Cohan Gallery

Edited by Raymond Foye with an introduction by Rani Singh, essay by Raymond Foye and interview with Philip Taaffe and Fred Tomaselli.

Softcover, with color illustrations

ISBN: 0-9675300-4-0