Biala: Vision and Memory
Janice Biala (1903-2000) was well known for her charming interiors, still-lifes, and landscapes. Her distinctive canvases are informed by her fascinating life in Paris with celebrated author Ford Madox Ford and her friendships with members of the New York School. Biala witnessed the eclipse of Paris as the international center of modernism, the rise of Abstract Expressionism, and the dizzying succession of movements that radically transformed the very concept of art during the second half of the 20th century. Through it all, she continued to paint exquisitely crafted canvases in a personal style that, even now, resist classification.
This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s career, featuring 50 paintings, collages, and drawings from public and private collections and the Estate of Biala, and two paintings from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s permanent collection. It will also include books by Ford Madox Ford for which Biala provided illustrations, as well as personal photographs, and exhibition catalogues and announcements that document her social and artistic circles in New York and Paris. The continuous screening of a documentary and interview by Judith Wechsler, filmed in her studio in 1995, and a fully illustrated catalogue, accompany the exhibition. Biala: Vision and Memory serves as a captivating introduction to the artist’s life and art.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
405 Klapper Hall
65-30 Kissena Blvd.