The Red Show at Eleventh Street Arts until Feb. 1

Eleventh Street Arts presents The Red Show, an exhibition curated by Dale Zinkowski, featuring a selection of still life, figure, and portrait paintings by contemporary realist artists. Each painting featured in the exhibition explores the relationship between the psychological associations of the color red and the sublimity of masterful realist painting. We invite you to join our investigation into the artists’ use of color as symbolic language. The exhibition will be on view Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment until Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at 46-06 11th Street.

“Red flows within us: it is the color of blood. And from that comes our primal associations: passion, love, hate, and anger. Its appearance in our society extends those meanings; it is the color of heat and fire, cataclysm, war, and revolution. And when it appears in more benign forms—in flowers and fruits, on birds and bugs, in rubies and coral, and in brilliant sunsets and autumn leaves—it is the outlier, the counterpoint to a more ordinary world.

Red is the color of both life and mortality; it is an attractor, luring the eye and promising danger and seduction—associations not lost in the world of cosmetics and fashion. Nor in the world of art, where its qualities, both visual and symbolic, can entice the viewer and breathe meaning into any work.”

— Robert B. Simon, 2019

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