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Edward Avedisian: Retrospective

August 9, 2010 through September 19, 2010


Edward Avedisian: Retrospective
August 12 - September 19th    
Reception Saturday, August 14th 6-8pm
Carrie Haddad rarely schedules a one person show, but an exception is made for this extraordinary artist who made his fame in NYC, but lived his last thirty years in Hudson, NY. This will be the first retrospective for Edward Avedisian since his death in 2007. 
Avedisian's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Need we say more? This is a show worth seeing.

The gallery has been working with Avedisian’s son, unrolling and unveiling canvases that were painted 40 years ago, but never seen by the public.  On view will be abstract paintings from the 1960’s, described by Roberta Smith in The New York Times as “brilliantly colored, boldly composed canvases that combined Minimalism’s rigor, Pop’s exuberance and the saturated tones of Color Field painting”.  In addition, the exhibit will include several of Avedisian’s  thick, poured and splattered abstract works of the 1970’s and 80’s. The gallery is most proud to include many of Avedisian's representational paintings which he made in Hudson during the last 20-25 years of his life.

Edward Avedisian was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1936 and studied art at the BostonMuseumSchool. By the late 1950s he was living in New York City, part of a generation of promising young painters that included Frank Stella, Larry Poons and Darby Bannard. In the 1960’s, Edward Avedisian was one of the youngest of those luminaries producing a grand new abstract painting. Shown first at Ivan Karp and Dick Bellamy’s Hansa Gallery, as well as Tibor deNagy, and then at Robert Elkon, Avedisian’s insouciant mix of pop playfulness, color field cool and high formalist style put his art in a unique, and at the time generously rewarded, position.  One of his paintings was featured on the cover of Artforum, in 1969, and his work was included in the 1965 Op Art The Responsive Eye exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and in five annuals at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  His paintings were widely sought after by collectors and acquired by major museums from New York to California.

And then, Avedisian moved to Hudson, into a large Federal house on lower Warren Street. There he created a new and very direct style of painting—figurative, naïve and narrative.  His landscapes and other representational paintings are strangely sophisticated because of the abstract flatness, marvelous tonal palette, lyrical composition, and seemingly banal imagery --- of houses and sky, men with their trucks, oblique views of backyards and farms, and a few cats. Marvelous paintings. But, now it was the 70’s and he was in Hudson, NY, not Manhattan, and the clamor for exhibits in NYC slowed to a halt.  He never stopped painting, though, and sold well to a growing number of admirers.

Edward Avedisian: Retrospective runs from August 12th through September 19th. 
A reception will take place on Saturday, August 14th  from 6-8pm. The public is invited to attend.

Artists in this show

Edward Avedisian

Untitled 001 (Study for the Well), 1999

Untitled 006 (portrait), c.1972

Untitled 007, c.1972

Untitled 008, c.1972

Untitled 010 (stripes), c.1972

Untitled 015, 1973


Untitled 018, c.1972

Untitled 181 (Study for Primavera), c.1972

Untitled 227, c. 2000

Untitled 189, c. 1965


Untitled 201, c. 1970

Untitled 201 (watercolor), c. 1965


Untitled 202, c. 1980

Untitled 203, c. 1980

Untitled 203 (beach ball), c. 1965

Untitled 204, c. 1980

Untitled 205, c. 1980

Untitled 206, 2200

Untitled 209 (watercolor stripes), c. 1965

Untitled 216 (watercolor ball), c. 1965


Untitled 218 (March 9 1972), 1972

Untitled 227, c.1970

Untited 235, c. 1980


Untitled 247, c.1970

Untitled 251

Untitled 253

Untitled 266


Untitled 268, 1971


Untitled 269, c. 1970


Untitled 271 (Amsterdam 1970), 1970


Untitled 272 , c. 1970


Untitled 226, 1979

Blue and White Beach Ball, 1965

Kool-Aid Series, c. 1965

Lost at Dawn, c. 1975


IGA, c. 1982


50 Years Avedisian_1, 2013

50 Years Avedisian_2

50 Years Avedisian_3

50 Years Avedisian_5

Untitled 284

Green and Gold Beach Ball , 1964


Untitled MM , c.1970

Untitled (diagonal stripes), 1973

Untitled 009, c. 1970

Untitled 012, c. 1960

Untitled (Jan 1960 Hoboken), 1960

Untitled (blackorangebluegreen)

Judson and Pussycat, c.1996

Daffodils 0665

Untitled 0643, c.1970


New Baltimore, 2003


Flying Luck (silkscreen), c. 1969


Untitled 3003, c.1970

Chainsaw 0652 , c. 2000


Near Ghent 0669, 2002

Study for the Well 0661, 1998

Red Car and Moonlight 0631, 2000

Livingston Avenue, Albany 0660, 1999

Summer in Argentina 0659, c. 2000

Berkshire Beaver Dam, 2000

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