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Sandra Lerner Bio

Cosmic Sublime, an exhibition of new paintings by Sandra Lerner interweaves theories in astrophysics with the intuitive mysticism of Taoism, in which the cosmos is seen as one inseparable reality and in which there is an inter-relationship of all things.  The exhibition will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on October 10, and the works will remain on view through November 12.

In an essay in the exhibition catalogue, art historian and critic Donald Kuspit writes, “Lerner’s cosmic paintings are scientific and mystical at once…  Lerner’s paintings are expressive masterpieces, indeed, ingeniously original abstract expressionistic paintings”

Kuspit says the task for Lerner’s paintings is how to represent the unrepresentable - the sublime, the sense of being in the presence of unrepresentable excess or limitlessness ….”

Science and art converge in Lerner’s paintings, writes Kuspit, as they do in Kandinsky’s work, who used science to justify his turn to abstraction.  Kuspit says further that Kandinsky’s knowledge was superficial compared to Lerner’s as her Macrocosm paintings make clear the theory of quantum entanglement.  (An occurrence when pairs or groups of particles are generated, interact, or share spatial proximity in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently of the state of the other, even when the particles are separated by a large distance.) Macrocosm IX, 2019.

In describing this current body of work as representations of limitless cosmic space, grounded in a scientific understanding of its complexity, Kuspit says, “Lerner knows her astrophysics, at least to everyday understanding.  She is clearly on an odyssey in cosmic space,” Macrocosm VIII, 2019.

Yet he urges the viewer to see there’s more to Lerner’s paintings than meets the eye no matter how they excite it: to view them as exquisite illustrations of a scientific idea is to be blind to their visionary complexity

Lerner says her paintings draw upon a long exploration of the similarities between Eastern philosophy and the latest theories in physics and cosmology.  She writes that because of her training as a concert pianist, music has been a big influence in her art.  “I see the transposing of musical chords and repetitions in a similar way to variations of color and shape throughout my paintings.  I work in series because I like to explore an idea as fully I can, and then push it to the limit.”

Lerner says she is in awe of the mystery and beauty of the creative energy that permeates everything in the cosmos.  She quotes Albert Einstein, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”  “My enduring exploration of the fabric of the universe, its ever-changing patterns, gives rise to and parallels my own creative development.  I conceive my art as a spiritual, psychological, and intellectual journey.”  For her time and space are metaphors for human relationships.  Kuspit says in the last analysis her paintings are about the cosmic import of human relationships.

Lerner lives and works in New York and Connecticut.  She received a bachelor’s degree in art from Hofstra University and studied independently with Leo Manso, Jerry Okomoto and Harry Sternberg.  She also studied calligraphy and Japanese painting in Tokyo with the master Kampo Harada. Lerner has participated in many one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Japan.  She is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Boston, MA; Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Kampo Museum, Kyoto, Japan; World Study Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Price Waterhouse and 3M Corporation.

She has created sets for performances by Eiko and Koma, the Japanese dancers and choreographers.  The oneness inherent in our universe, amid the multiplicities, is something I feel deeply.  Taoist philosophy, cosmology, physics, and nature have informed my art and inspired my creativity and being.

 

 

 

Born New York City
Lives and works in New York City and Sherman, CT

Education
1981 Studied calligraphy and philosophy with Soshi Kampo Harada at Kampo
  Kaikan, Kyoto and Sumera, Japan
1978 BA, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
1968-66 Pratt Graphic Center, New York
Studied painting with Jerry Okimoto (1973-1977), Leo Manso (1965- 1972), and with
  Harry Sternberg (1960-1964)

Solo Exhibitions
2019 Cosmic Sublime: New Paintings, essay by Donald Kuspit, June Kelly Gallery, New York;
  catalogue
2017 Creative Flux, Gutman Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2015 A Journey: New Paintings, essay by Donald Kuspit, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Recent Paintings, Mandeville Gallery, Sherman Library, Sherman, CT
2012 Expanding Universes, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
2010 Parallel Universes, essay by Phyllis Braff, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2005 Mystic Realms, Washington Art Association Gallery, Washington, CT
2004 Mystic Realms, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
2002 Paintings, The Gallery at White Silo Farm, Sherman, CT
1999 Empty and Full, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Mountains and Mists, Kimberly Greer Gallery, Northport, CT
1997 Light Reflections, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
1996 Particle Physics, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1993 Kampo Museum, Kyoto, Japan
1992 Mist Series, essay by Donald Kuspit, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
1991 Kauffman Gallery, Houston, TX
1990 The Sensibility of Transcendence, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1989 Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Pace University, Peter Fingesten Gallery of Fine Arts, New York
1986 Kauffman Gallery, Houston, TX
Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1984 Kampo Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Gallery Don, Fukuoka, Japan
Kauffman Gallery, Houston, TX
1983 Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1982 Inland Sea Series, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York; catalogue
Burnside Gallery, Greenport, NY
1979 Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1978 Louise Himelfarb Gallery, Watermill, NY
1977 SoHo Center for Visual Artists, New York
Central Hall Gallery, Port Washington, NY
1976 Five Year Retrospective, Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Roslyn, NY
1975 Pleiades Gallery, New York
1974 Central Hall Gallery, Port Washington, NY
1969 Mercer Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Celebrating 30 Years, Gallery Artists: Drawings and Photographs, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2009 Spring Selections, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
Hidden Gems: Works on Paper, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2006 Hunters and Gatherers, the Art of Collecting, The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art,
  Long Branch, New Jersey
Sandra Lerner, Carol Diamond, Juliann Cydylo, Washington Art Association,
  Washington Depot, CT
2004 Art in Embassies Program (Bangladesh), Washington, DC
2003 World Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju, South Korea
1999 The National Association of Women Artists Collection at Rutgers: Recent Acquisitions,
  Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1996 A Woman’s Place: The Central Hall Gallery in the 70s, Museum at Stony Brook, NY
A Woman's Place: Central Hall Gallery Artists in the 90s, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
1994 June Kelly: A Particular Vision, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1992 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Free Spirits, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1988 Small Works, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1987 Works on Paper, Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986, 85 Fundraiser Exhibit, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1985, 84 Armstrong Gallery, New York
1985 Perri Renneth Gallery, Southampton, NY
1983 Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, New York Cultural Center, NY
1983, 82, 75 Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Kampo Museum, Kyoto, Japan
World Study Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Nassau Community College, Long Island, NY
Radford University, Radford, VA
Eighteenth Street Gallery, Houston, TX
Brauner, Baron, Rosensweig and Kligler, New York
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York
Connally and Alterman, Houston, TX
Curtis H. Lamar Company, Inc., Houston, TX
First Texas Properties, Inc., Austin, TX
Gilliam Investments, Houston, TX
Hamptons Medical Group, Hampton Bays, NY
Lawyers Club of New York
Marriott Corporation, New York
Northern Trust Company, New Port, CA
Olla Corporation, LA
Peter B. Cannell & Co., Inc., New York
Porter & Clements, Houston, TX
Price Waterhouse, New York
Ralph Schlesinger Company, Portland, OR
Russtogs Corporation, Houston, TX
Shearman & Sterling, New York
Saint Lukes Hospital, Houston, TX
Texas American Bank, Houston, TX
3M Corporation, Two Harbors, MN
Township of Wantagh, NY
Vantage Companies, Dallas, TX
Vesti Corporation, Boston, MA
Walter and Samuels, Inc., New York
Wolfe & Company, Columbia, SC

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