oil on linen on panel by Professor Gregory Amenoff, Mooring, 2018

Gregory Amenoff in Solo Exhibit

BY Audrey Deng, March 16, 2020

Professor and head of the painting concentration at School of the Arts, Gregory Amenoff is currently in a solo exhibit at the Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson, New York. The show features recent works by the artist, and this is the gallery’s first time working with Amenoff.

These new paintings are inspired by Amenoff’s paintings of forty-five years ago, and are the result of personal self-reflection.

In a statement to the gallery, Amenoff said, “A few years ago, after my most recent New York City exhibition, I felt a real need to shift my work dramatically—to kick my long time organic, gestural vocabulary out of the studio and, at least temporarily, into the past. Artists often look back to move forward, and in that vein I thought about my very earliest work made some forty-five years ago. Those paintings had a loose geometric structure.”

To fully begin again, Amenoff describes the process of designing a new work table which is “...a large half circle spanning the breadth of the studio with one small entryway cut out in the center of an arc. The table is somewhere between a retail counter and the control panel on the Starship Enterprise.”

Amenoff is a painter who lives in New York City and Ulster County, New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation. He has had over fifty one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Amenoff’s solo show closes on April 5. At the moment the gallery is practicing social distancing, but remains open. In addition, private viewings can be scheduled from Thursday to Monday, 11am-5pm by calling 518-828-5907.