Richard Long: The Spike Island Tapes



Inspired by a deep connection to his native English Spike Island and the surrounding nature, Richard Long (born 1945) has created a powerful body of work entitled The Spike Island Tapes. 

Long, an artist who has for many years relished in scenic walks in the rural English countryside is known for his outstanding work in connection to the land. Considered a member of the British Land Artists movement, Long has since the 1960s created impactful large-scale sculpture, paintings, and prints, often derived from actual rocks, bark, and elements found within the scenery itself. 

His expansive and meditative works have been exhibited in museums, galleries, public spaces, and the great outdoors. Long has traveled the world to places as far reaching from his hometown of Bristol as Antarctica, Japan, India, China, Argentina, South Africa, California, and The Sahara Desert. During his explorations of these vast spaces, he has created unlikely sculptures and installations, cultivated from the earth. 

While Long gains much inspiration from the natural world around him, he has been particularly influenced by the River Avon, a cherished body of water near his hometown. He has historically used mud directly from the river within his works; The Spike Island Tapes were inspired by the mud of The River Avon. This powerful body of work emulates Long’s intrinsic connection to his roots, his home and its landscape. 

For The Spike Island Tapes, Long created 12 massive aluminum etching plates, each eight feet long. Carborundum, a new medium to Long, allowed the artist to become deeply engrossed within his printmaking process rendering some of the largest prints that he has created to date. These works are filled with tremendous surface texture and motion. 

An adept printmaker, Long has experience not only in lithography and screen printing but also in etching which intuitively took him to carborundum, yielding The Spike Island Tapes, the most mature and exciting editioned works yet. 

The Prints within The Spike Island Tapes 

Long chose to present four large sheets together to create one work that could fill an entire wall; Mississippi River Blues is that work, utilizing white ink atop black paper that was washed with black acrylic paint. 

Hickory Wind, Sweet Old World, The Shaskeen Reel, and The Lark in Clear Air were all selected to stand alone or in pairs in their designated colors of black and red. 

The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness was created as a diptych; the prints were rotated so that the drips faced inward and toward one another with the movement running horizontally. 

These works are of exceedingly small editions, ranging from two to four impressions of each. 

Long has exhibited throughout the globe at the following institutions: The Museum of Modern Art (Oxford), The National Gallery of South Africa (South Africa), The Tate Gallery (London), Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (France), The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Royal Academy of Arts (London), Museum Kunst Palast (Germany), The Tate Modern (London), The Guggenheim (Bilbao), The Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston), Sao Paulo Biennal (Brazil), and The Guggenheim (New York), and others.








Art Palm Springs 2017

Official Press Release 

Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art will exhibit a significant body of work by internationally renowned Post-War and Contemporary artists at Art Palm Springs, February 16-19, 2017 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Exhibition Page Link. Artists include Sam Francis, Jim Dine, Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Julian Opie, Paul Jenkins, Howard Hodgkin, Jean Dubuffet, John Baeder, Robert Cottingham, and Wayne Thiebaud.

As a representative of Jim Dine, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art will exhibit the artist's most iconic images including hearts, robes, and Venus de Milo, as well as his most recent body of abstract work. Novak will also exhibit major works by Sam Francis and Helen Frankenthaler, coming from long-held private collections. Frank Stella's Pergusa Three, one of the most important works from the Circuit series, will be on view along with Richard Diebenkorn's prized Ocean Park series and exciting new hand-painted editions by Howard Hodgkin. Novak's selections include paintings, drawings, monotypes, sculpture, and editioned works from these and other influential artists from Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Photorealism, and Minimalism.

Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, a long-standing gallery in Southern California, is an important source for Post-War and Contemporary American and European art. The gallery is located in the heart of Century City, adjacent to Beverly Hills and the west side of Los Angeles. The gallery's extensive inventory includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints by acclaimed artists from significant Post-War movements including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Minimalism, Pop Art, and Photorealism.

Jonathan Novak has been an exhibitor at international art fairs in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Southampton, and Aspen. He is a member of the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), The International Fine Print Dealers of America (IFPDA), and the Private Art Dealers of America (PADA).

Frank Stella   Pergusa Three   1983   Relief, woodcut on white TGL handmade, hand-colored paper   66" x 52"   Edition of 30

Art Palm Springs Location
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art
Booth 307 Palm Springs Convention Center 
277 N Avenida Caballeros 
Palm Springs, CA 
92262

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Art Miami 2016

Official Press Release

Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art is pleased to be exhibiting at Art Miami from November 29 - December 4. Exhibition Page Link. Novak will be featuring significant works by Sam Francis from the 1960s – 1980s, celebrating the artist's enduring legacy as one of the most renown American Abstract Expressionists. The centerpiece of the gallery's exhibition is an extraordinary Sam Francis painting on canvas, massive in scale at ten feet. This monumental work will be displayed at the Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art booth (#C213) at the Art Miami Wynwood Arts District. 

Novak will also be showcasing a diverse collection of works by important artists from the Post-War movements of Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Photorealism, and Minimalism including Sam Francis, Jim Dine, Frank Stella, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Cottingham, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Paul Jenkins, Helen Frankenthaler, Howard Hodgkin, Jean Dubuffet, John Baeder, Lucas Samaras, Julian Opie, and others. The selection includes paintings, drawings, monotypes, sculpture, and editioned works from this group of revered and influential artists. 

 Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art a long-standing gallery in Southern California, is an important source for Post-War and Contemporary American and European art. The gallery is located in the heart of Century City, adjacent to Beverly Hills and the west side of Los Angeles. The gallery's extensive inventory includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints by acclaimed artists from significant Post-War movements including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Minimalism, Pop Art, and Photorealism. 

 Jonathan Novak has been an exhibitor at international art fairs in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Southampton, and Aspen. He is a member of the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), The International Fine Print Dealers of America (IFPDA), and the Private Art Dealers of America (PADA).

Frank Stella   Talladega Three II   1982   Editioned work on paper




Niki de Saint Phalle   Fauteuil Serpent   1982   Editioned sculpture

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Art Miami Location:
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art
Booth C213 
Wynwood Arts District
3101 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL
33137

Jim Dine: Abstraction

Jim Dine is known for his timeless iconography; hearts, robes, and Venus de Milo are just some of the themes strongly associated with the artist's vast oeuvre. 

At the age of 81, the artist is passionately revisiting one of the most influential movements in Post-War art: Abstract Expressionism. 

Within Jim Dine: Abstraction, a wide array of recent paintings and graphics demonstrates the artist’s journey into his new aesthetic. 

For much of Dine’s career, hints of abstraction could be found in the backgrounds of his works. In the last decade we have seen a greater focus on the strength and intensity of background abstract elements, causing the representational imagery to pop out on the surface. In Dine's newest work, we witness the background abstraction, so inherently captivating, moving to the foreground and taking center stage. Dine invites us into a complex, mysterious, and colorful journey of beauty in his exploration of abstraction. 

The canvases in this exhibition present Dine’s recent work with confidence and joy; they are filled with vivid color, texture, and dimension without reference to his prior imagery. 

Throughout Dine’s career, the artist has also been an avid printmaker enthusiastically approaching the art form out of his love for the process. In his new body of abstract graphics, Dine has proven fearless with his experimentation of composition as well as techniques used to create the finished work. The artist has inventively used unlikely methods: power-tools, coffee grounds, India ink, and thickly collaged elements in order to give each of his compositions the impact of a unique work, with each impression heavily worked by the artist’s hand. 

Dine’s most recent work is the birth of uninhibited expression and discovery. These creations make a powerful statement about the artist's continuous growth and spirit of adventure. Dine's large abstraction transports us into a new realm of color, surface texture, composition and form.

Pictured Above: Blood Moon – 96″ x 72″, 2015

Pictured Above: A Sign of its Pale Color, Tenderness – 84″ x 84″, 2015

Pictured Above: (Left) Love in the Wood – 67″ x 48″, 2015
(Right) Pepper (A Crime) – 48″ x 96″, 2014


Pictured Above: (Left) The Gravel Road – 52 3/4 x 37″, 2015
(Right) White Truck on the Right–Airport, Far Left – 63″ x 49 1/4″, 2015

Pictured Above: (Left) Creeley and Rebecca – 63″ x 49 1/4″, 2015
(Right) Left-Handed Woodcut – 37″ x 53″, 2015

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