June 25th - July 26th
Gallery 151 Annex at 199 Mott St. NYC
Tuesday - Saturday 12-6 PM or by appointment.
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With her signature drips and washes and an eye for finely calibrated color, Markus thoughtfully renders an elite group of female icons who through their innovation and intense ambition have forever altered the course of American culture. This list includes such luminaries as Babe Paley, Nancy “Slim” Keith, and Anita Pallenberg among others. While these women were often casually described as socialites and groupies, in reality, they used their position to manage a powerful network of people across the arts, fashion, music, and beauty industries.
Markus’ paintings are a new view of the grand tradition of society portraiture which have been described as a mash-up of Andy Warhol and Helen Frankenthaler, while tracing a line back to John Singer Sargent. Markus’ fascination with these women has her walking a fine line between reverently rendering them and distorting them through abstracted paint handling. The resulting portraits radiate a harmonious combination of exemplary beauty and personal psychology, offering a surprisingly empathetic view of these unique women who wielded extreme influence within their worlds of luxury and prestige.
Liz Markus was born in Buffalo, New York and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has previously exhibited her work at Natalie Karg Gallery, Gavlak Gallery in Miami, Florida, Galleri Loyal in Stockholm, Sweden, and ZieherSmith in New York City. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as numerous private collections.