“Through the Looking Glass,” a new collection of trailblazing sculptural and two-dimensional artworks from Hunt Slonem, will debut at New River Fine Art in Ft. Lauderdale on January 22.
Continuing in his bold investigation of the world’s flora and fauna, Slonem’s groundbreaking metamorphic transformation gives birth to a wonderfully refreshing realm of casted bronze, blown glass, neon and multimedia-based aucourant artistry.
“This new body of work was born out of these unexpected times,” Slonem said. “Given an opportunity to create work in an entirely new methodology, what has resulted is an artistic liberation of sorts. My established lexicon of forms has taken on new life in blown glass, in bronze and other media, all in a visual culmination that is thrilling to me artistically.”
The artist’s impressive career which spans almost five decades now enters a new phase. Disciplined, yet explosive in his use of color, his signature gestures are vibrantly raw and wild. Slonem uses his new mediums with the same deft hand that rocketed him into the coterie of New York art world luminaries of the 1970s.
“This exhibition, ‘Through the Looking Glass,’ is a first for Hunt. New River Fine Art is so proud to be selected to be the premier gallery to showcase this new and innovative artwork. For an international artist, who is widely revered in New York and across the globe, choosing Fort Lauderdale for this coveted launch is astonishing…with this decision, he is actively acknowledging the integrity and respectability of the South Florida Art Market, and spotlighting the vibrant and strong collector base that flourishes outside of New York,” Lisa Burgess, President of New River Fine Art, said.
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. Since 1977, Slonem has had more than 350 exhibitions at prestigious galleries and museums internationally. Slonem’s work is in over eighty museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
“Through the Looking Glass” will be on view through February 21.