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Peter Reginato and John Hardy

PRESS RELEASE

Peter Reginato and John Hardy
Nov 6 – Dec 1, 2008

BOCA RATON, FL (October 22, 2008) – Elaine Baker Gallery announces the upcoming exhibition of recent sculpture by Peter Reginato and paintings by John Hardy.  The exhibition will open on Thursday, November 6, 2008 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with the artists in attendance, and continue until December 1, 2008. 

Peter Reginato’s signature compositions in welded steel are a lively vocabulary of Matisse’s biomorphic shapes and Miro’s quirky symbols, spirals, zigs and zags; all surprising and delightful with every turn.  This series of unpainted sculptures explores a new direction for the artist and techniques that demonstrate his enjoyment of the medium.  These brightly burnished and brushed stainless steel sculptures retain their playfulness and lyricism, while making a connection to the work of David Smith.

Mr. Reginato’s work can be found in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Hirshhorn Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution, DC.  Peter Reginato has received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

John Hardy’s paintings reflect and contemplate the immediacy of current times.   In this series of work, Hardy expands his interpretation of the contemporary world, bringing into play ideas of the active and the interactive, social acculturation, conspicuous consumerism and its effect on identity.  With vibrant imagery and a palette taken directly from life, the paintings juxtapose urban architecture, the movements and inhabitants of city streets and marketing images that have become the iconography of our time.

John Hardy lives and works in New York.  His paintings have been exhibited widely and can be found in public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum, the National Museum of American Art, and the New York Historical Society.  Hardy has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.