James Valerio
New Paintings and Drawings
Oct 25 – Nov 20, 1991


On October 25th, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will open an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by James Valerio. The show, Valerio's fourth at the gallery since 1983, will consist of three large-scale paintings and three related pencil drawings. In this exhibition Valerio returns to the theme of the figure in the landscape and introduces a new element: Fire.


In Territory, the largest painting in the exhibition, Valerio depicts a male figure standing in a forest clearing. Dense foliage surrounds him, while a small campfire burns at the center of the composition. In Burning, completed some six months later, Valerio has turned the campfire into a conflagration with crimson flames silhouetting a female nude. The third and most recent painting depicts a seated male figure in an interior. In this work the landscape, seen through a window, is echoed within the room itself by the exotic wallpaper and the model's Hawaiian shirt. 


The Valerio exhibition opens on the 25th of October and runs through November 20th. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery is open from 10 to 6, Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.