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Nola Zirin
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: In my recent paintings, I explore abstract ideas that reference landscape and engage concepts of transience and transformation. Dark surfaces are layered and scraped away to reveal luminous undertones, lines spiral in space, and patterns emerge similar to photographic images. The resulting image conveys a sense of timeless space--worlds that are seen and worlds that are imagined. Using oil paint, spray enamel, and hand-cut stencils, I create an illusionary experience that draws in the viewer using the familiar, then alters formally held concepts, and ultimately creates a new visual experience that stimulates both the senses and the intellect.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Born in New York City
Lives and works in New York
Member of the American Abstract Artists Association


Solo Exhibitions

2010 Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Simon Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
2009 Virtual Vistas: Paintings and Drawings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2007 New Paintings, Simon Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
2006 Recent Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2005 Collection Insights, curated by Nada Makdisi, The Permanent Collection, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2005 Recent Paintings, Simon Galley, Morristown, New Jersey
2003 Nola Zirin: Seeing the Light, June Kelly Gallery, New York, catalogue
Seeing the Light, Simon Gallery, Morristown, New Jersey
2000 Urban Abstraction, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
1997 Recent Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Recent Work, Heckscher Museum of Art at Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY
1994 Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1991 Paintings & Assemblage, June Kelly Gallery, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Splendor of Dynamic Structure: celebrating 75 years of the American Abstract Artists,         Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
2010 American Abstract Artists International, Aragonese Castle, Otranto, Italy
        Core and Mantle, curated by Jill Conner, M55 Gallery, Long Island City, New York
        Past and Present, curated by Andre Martinez, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
        Alpan Gallery, curated by Nese Alpan, Huntington, New York
2009 Hidden Gems, June Kelly Gallery, New York
        Pure Paint, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        Stayin’ Alive, Metaphor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 American Abstract Artists, The Painting Center, New York, NY
        Conversations in Paint, curated by Carol Jay, Jeanie Tengelson Gallery, Dix Hills, New York
2007 Contemporary Constructs, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
        Sacred Ways, Tria Gallery, New York, NY
        Jump, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        Continuum: Seventieth Anniversary of American Abstract Artists, St. Peters College Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
2006 On Display, curated by Joy Glidden, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Optical Simulations, American Abstract Artists, curated by Jill Conner, Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY
        Ideal: Selections from the American Abstract Artists, curated by Rene Lynch, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
        Pure Paint, Henry Gregg Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        Abstraction at 40, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
        Ideal, curated by Renee Lynch, Metaphor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        10 Artists: Defining Abstraction, curated by June Kelly, Pfizer Corporation, New York
2004 When Brooklyn Artists Speak, Art Listens, curated by Leon Kalas, Borough Hall Galley, Brooklyn, NY
2003 New York Abstract, Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Paper 2003, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
        The Printed Image REDEFINED, The Bryant Library, Art League of Long Island, Roslyn, NY
2001 Biennial 2001 Exhibition, Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, Flushing, NY
        Imitation of Life, guest curator Rene Lynch, The Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ
        Insider’s View, Part II: An Exploration of the Digital Printmaking Process, Silicon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        Living Doll, curated by Rene Lynch, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Oakdale, NY
        Digital: Printmaking Now, 26th Print National, organized by Marilyn Kushner, curator of prints and drawings, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; catalogue
        Digital Dumbo, Mastel + Mastel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Living Doll, curated by Lesley Heller, The Work Space Gallery, New York
        Abstractions, Gallery North, Setauket, NY
        Collection Insights: Recent Acquisitions, curated by Catherine Valenza, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
        What’s New? Recent 20th Century Acquisitions, curated by Anne DePietro, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
        Living Doll, curated by Rene Lynch,         The Work Space Gallery, New York


Reviews and Articles

2010 Whitehot Magazine, “Interviews Jill Conner on Core and Mantle” by Kofi Forsun
        Nadelman, Cynthia, “Nola Zirin at June Kelly,” ArtNews
2003 Fallon, Roberta, “Driven to Abstraction,” PhiladelphiaWeekly.com
        Seidel, Miriam, “Art: New York abstracts energetic with color,” philly.com
        Lebowitz, Cathy, “Nola Zirin at June Kelly,” Art in America, November
2001 Harrison, Helen A., “More is More: Repetition Adds Dimensions to Patterns,”
        Long Island Section, The New York Times, Sunday October 13
        Braff, Phyllis, “When Artists Extend Invitations to Other Artists, Long Island Section, The New York Times, Sunday, February 18
        Lippincott, E. E., “Flushing Art Council’s 3rd Biennial Exhibition, Queens Chronicle, review, Thursday, February 22
2000 Cohen, Mark Daniel, “Nola Zirin: Urban Abstraction,” Review, May 1
        Harrison, Helen A., “Abstractions,” Long Island Section, The New York Times, Sunday, January 30
        Nayda, Rhonda, Doll Collection Magazine, review, June/July issue
1999 Braff, Phyllis, “Summer Selections,” Long Island Section, The New York Times
1997 Wilkinson, Jeanne C., “Recent Paintings,” Review, October 15
        Lee, John, “The Islip Art Museum,” The Suffolk County News, October 16
        Virbasius, Madeline A., “The Lobby Gallery,” Cover Magazine, May
1995 Harrison Helen A., “Exploring Sound and Art and Celebrating Heritage,” Long Island Section, The New York Times, Sunday, October 1
1994 Wix, Elizabeth, “The True Nature of Artists,” Newsday
        Wix, Elizabeth, “Pairing Kindred Spirits,” Newsday
1993 “Collage Assemblage,” Gallery North, Three Village Herald, January
1992 Bass, Ruth, “Painting & Assemblage,” ARTnews, March
1991 Harrison, Helen A., “Wide Ranging Drawing Styles,” The New York Times
1990 El Universal, “Lineas De Vision,” Museo de Arte Contemporano de Caracas Venezuela
        Harrison, Helen A., “Blurring Artistic Distinctions,” The New York Times
        Harrison, Helen A., “Prints That Show Intaglio’s Variety and
        Unpredictability,” The New York Times


Selected Public Collections

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
National Museum of Taiwan
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
A.I.G., New York
AT&T
Bank of Tokyo
Citibank, New York
Citicorp, Long Island City, NY
Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York
Equitable Life Assurance Company, New York
Goldome Bank, New York
Graystone Realty, CT
Guy Carpenter Inc., New York
IBM Corporation, New York City and Paris
Joyce International, New York
Marine Midland Bank, New York
MONY’s Collection of Contemporary Prints, Purchase, NY
National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., New York
NatWest, New York
NYNEX Corporation
Pepsico, New York
Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, New York
Surdna Foundation, New York
McKee Nelson LLP, New York


Books and Catalogues

2009 Virtual Vistas, essay by Jill Connor, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2003 Seeing the Light, essay by Linda Yablonsky, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2003 Nola Zirin’s Urban Abstractions, essay by Barry Schwabsky, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1997 Evolving Forms, Emerging Faces, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum,
1997 Acquisitions to the Rutgers Archive for Printmaking Studios, New Brunswick, NJ
1996 First Annual New York SoHo Biennial, Abraham Lubelski Gallery, New York
1995 59th Annual MidYear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art Youngstown, OH
1994 Nola Zirin: Paintings, essay by Anna C. Noll, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1993 Zoo Extracts, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
1991 Nola Zirin: Paintings & Assemblage, essay by Judith Collischan Van Wagner, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1990 Out of Abstraction, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
1989 Unaffiliated Artists #7, Hillwood Art Gallery, Long Island University, Brookville, NY
1989 Lines of Vision: Drawings by Contemporary Women, Hudson Hills Press, Inc., New York
1987 A Sigh of Relief, Wilson Arts Center, Rochester, NY
1987 Long Island Artists, Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Roslyn, NY

 








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