Drawings of Anthony Baus – architectural and perspective-based compositions
ELEVENTH STREET ARTS
46-06 11TH ST, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101
April 17 – May 8, 2015
opening reception Friday, April 17 6-8pm
Long Island City, NY – Eleventh Street Arts is thrilled to host a unique exhibition of new work by visual artist Anthony Baus. Drawings of Anthony Baus will feature over 30 pen and ink wash drawings centered on the artist’s architectural- and perspective-based compositions. Through May 8, 2015. Opening reception Friday, April 17th, 6-9pm.
A selection of these works, created on site at various Manhattan landmarks, probes the richness of New York City’s Gilded Age architecture with renderings of such structures as the Surrogate’s Court Building, Central Park’s Maine Monument, the Ansonia, and the Alwyn Court. Other works include inventive compositions depicting ancient themes of nature and discovery – replete with draped figures and landscape –in a fashion that is unapologetically traditional. In addition, the exhibition will be supported by a selection of drawings by contemporary artists Colleen Barry, Victor Chong, Will St. John, and Abigail Tulis. These ancillary works provide a contextual framework for Baus’ drawings in a manner that will be familiar to visitors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and The Frick Collection. Detailed descriptions of each work supply valuable insight into the artist’s working methods and the rich array of influences from which he draws.
As the show’s title suggests, themes of perspective are prevalent throughout. One drawing appropriates a Guiseppe Bibiena theater design that is grounded with the use of distant vanishing points and a fixed horizon line. Another piece depicts an allegory of perspective, using its concepts to deepen the space and provide a relative scale for the figures and their environment. In addition to the collection of finished, fully rendered drawings, the exhibition will also include compositional thumbnails and sketches. These fascinating studies offer a rare window into the early stages of classical picture-making.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anthony Baus (b. 1981) is from Racine, WI. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He later moved to Chicago and apprenticed under Eric J. Nordstrom, owner of Bldg 51 Museum, which hosts a collection of historically important American architectural artifacts. In 2010 he began studying at Grand Central Atelier under Jacob Collins. Baus is the recipient of the 2015 Alma Schapiro Prize and currently directs Grand Central Atelier’s Perspective/Design Studio.
ABOUT ELEVENTH STREET ARTS
Eleventh Street Arts is an exhibition space for contemporary drawings, paintings and sculptures founded in 2014. Adjacent to the collaborative artist studios of Grand Central Atelier, Eleventh Street Arts presents new work that invokes, challenges, and celebrates the classical tradition.