Past Exhibitions

Neel / Picasso

April 30 - July 27, 2019

Left: Pablo Picasso, Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie-Thérèse), 1937 Right: Alice Neel, Lida Moser, 1962

Left: Pablo Picasso, Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie-Thérèse), 1937
Right: Alice Neel, Lida Moser, 1962


Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to present Neel / Picasso, on view from April 29 through July 27. The exhibition will feature significant portraits from private collections by the artists Alice Neel (1900-1984) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

Neel and Picasso were contemporaries who transformed and revitalized portraiture. Through select paintings by both artists, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key 20th century painters.

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Curated by Maya Benton

March 5 - April 20, 2019

Alison Rossiter, Eastman Kodak Velox, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1910s, processed 2017

Alison Rossiter, Eastman Kodak Velox, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1910s, processed 2017

The digital turn in photography has transformed imaging and production techniques, raising questions about our records of the past and the fate of memory in a globalized and image-saturated world. The five artists in Expired, Antony Cairns, John Cyr, Jason Lazarus, Susan Mikula, and Alison Rossiter, work with expired photographic materials in a variety of media including outdated printing paper and Polaroid film, images arrested on obsolete digital screens, the photo-processing tools of deceased photographers, antique cameras, and personal snapshots. They embrace the accidents, imperfections, and chemical changes that continue after the production of materials has ceased, the aesthetic outcomes have become unpredictable, or the original story is no longer the one being told. 

In an age of instantaneous images, these artists share a dedication to elevating the materiality and historicity of photography. All of the work in Expired was made in the last twelve years, yet some of the photographic tools and materials used to create these images extend as far back as the last decades of the nineteenth century.

Expired celebrates modernist deployments of obsolete materials and traditions in a wide range of experimental and contemporary images. While much of the work is inextricably linked to the challenges of obsolescenceevoking nostalgia, forgetting, loss, and traumathe work in Expired is ultimately optimistic and poignant. Flaws, tears, creases, stains, accidents, oxidation, film that can only produce hazy sienna shades (or doesn’t work at all), old Kindle screens destined for landfill, and photographs of jilting lovers whose faces are scratched out of the frame: everything is fodder for transformation and rebirth.

-       Maya Benton, Curator

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Landscape: Division and Development, Works on Paper from Dürer to Hockney

September 13 to November 17, 2018


This survey show traces the transformation of the landscape from the 15th century to today, and will feature works by Rembrandt, Cézanne, Degas, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Hockney, among other renowned artists.

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Joseph La Piana: Tension Between

April 3 to May 19, 2018

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Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to present Tension Between, a solo exhibition by Joseph La Piana, on view from April 3 to May 19, 2018. The exhibition will present a site-specific installation and works on paper from the artist’s Tension series, including various relief drawings on watercolor paper, vellum and chipboard.


Working Artist Residency, Victoria Manganiello

February 2 to March 17, 2018

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Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to announce an experimental working artist residency as part of the gallery’s continued commitment to support women artists. The gallery will engage one female artist annually as a means to highlight and expand the artist’s process. The gallery has selected artist Victoria Manganiello as the inaugural residency recipient.


Function to Freedom:  Quilts and Abstract Expressions

November 30, 2017 to January 27, 2018


Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to announce Function to Freedom: Quilts and Abstract Expressions. The exhibition explores the compositional tendencies of 19th century American quilts and abstract paintings, drawings and sculptures by women artists— and the socio-political climate in which they were made.

Function to Freedom will feature quilts, some homespun, in brightly colored materials from rich velvets to wool to feed sacks alongside an exceptional selection of abstract works by artists Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, and Louise Nevelson. The exhibition will highlight the likeness of composition and freedom of expression shared by both mediums and periods.



A Limitless Vision: The Collection of Audrey B. Heckler

September 28 to November 18, 2017

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Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition, A Limitless Vision: The Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, a survey of one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of outsider art. The exhibition will feature over 30 rare and important paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Audrey B. Heckler’s prestigious collection, many of which will be exhibited to the public for the first time. On view from September 28 to November 18, 2017, the show serves as a tribute to one of America's foremost art collectors, as well as an opportunity to discover the work of self-taught artists.  

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