Professor of Art Wethli Curates NYC Gallery Show

Left: John Bisbee, Cyclonaut #1 (2014), Heated, hammered, and bent 12" spikes, 11 feet 9 inches in diameter. Right: Cassie Jones, From the Brink (2014), Sand on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Left: John Bisbee, Cyclonaut #1 (2014), Heated, hammered, and bent 12″ spikes, 11 feet 9 inches in diameter. Right: Cassie Jones, From the Brink (2014), Sand on panel, 24 x 24 inches

Mark Wethli, Bowdoin’s A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art, is curating the first show of a new gallery in New York City. The Curator Gallery, founded by former Time Inc. chairman and CEO Ann Moore, will differ from other commercial galleries by inviting guest curators to organize its exhibition.

The Curator Gallery wanted to open with a show of Maine art that focuses on mid-career artists doing “important work that deserves wider exposure in the city,” according to Wethli. The inaugural exhibition, called “Second Nature,” will include work by John Bisbee, Meghan Brady, Clint Fulkerson, Cassie Jones ’01, Joe Kievitt and Andrea Sulzer. In addition to Bisbee’s and Jones’s Bowdoin connections, Brady has taught at the College and Andrea Sulzer is a former lab instructor in biology here.

In his curatorial statement, Wethli writes, “If depictions of the natural world are Maine’s primary reputation, this is a show about Maine’s ‘second nature’ — a group of abstract artists whose work aligns itself to one degree or another with natural processes rather than outward appearances.”

The show, at 520 W. 23rd St. at 10th Ave., will open March 6 from 6-8 p.m. with a reception, and run through April 19.

While his art is not in the “Second Nature” show, Wethli will include two new works in the gallery in his role as curator. He also has a solo show of new work in New York’s The Painting Center, which opens March 27 and closes April 19.

Mark Wethli, Fell in Love With a Girl (2014), Flashé acrylic on woven Jaipur paper, 10 x 8 inches

Mark Wethli, Fell in Love With a Girl (2014), Flashé acrylic on woven Jaipur paper, 10 x 8 inches

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