Fables of the Reconstruction

12 May 2017 – 4 Jun 2017

David&Schweitzer Contemporary

New York
New York, United States


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DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary is proud to present Fables of the Reconstruction, a group exhibition.


The exhibition, featuring works by Peter Burns, Mary DeVincentis, Lizbeth Mitty, and Helen O’Leary, takes its title from musical group R.E.M.’s 1985 masterpiece album of the same name. The album was so deeply imbued with southern narrative that it was originally named The Sound and the Fury, a title it would have shared with William Faulkner’s novel. R.E.M.’s lead singer Michael Stipe said during a radio interview in 1985 that, “Up to the last minute, it was titled something else that we stole from Shakespeare but we decided against it because William Faulkner had already stolen it.” The quote in question comes from Macbeth. (Don’t forget to read it with a hillbilly accent):

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Peter Burns, a 2015, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient, lives and works in Ireland and has over 15 solo shows in Europe and his work can be seen during Frieze week this May, at Context Art Fair with Gibbons & Nicholas, and we at DSC are very pleased to be among the first galleries in the USA to bring Peter’s work to wider audience.

Mary DeVincentis is currently working on Dark Matters, a series of paintings exploring the shadow side of human experience and Sin Eaters, a series that depicts society’s saints, martyrs, scapegoats and outcasts. Her work has been exhibited at Life on Mars Gallery, the International Print Center, the New York Public Library, White Columns and the Brooklyn Museum. It is represented in numerous public and private collections. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Printmaking from St. Martins College of Art in London, UK. She lives and works in Brooklyn, and is preparing for her one-person exhibition at DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary in the spring of 2018.

Of Lizbeth Mitty’s work it has been written “Acutely observed, remembered and then reimagined, these futuristic scenes are not so much renditions of a specific location as they are dizzying translations in paint of Mitty’s wonderment at the endless variety of visual information offered up by her subjects.” – Art in America, January 2006

Mitty has been exhibiting in galleries and museums in both the US and abroad and is held in numerous private and public collections since 1983. Her work can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the US State Department and Trierenberg Holding AG (Austria).She is a recipient of the Adolph and Esther Gottleib Grant, among others, and has received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mitty is currently preparing for a one-person exhibition at DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary in the fall of 2017.

In an interview with Diana Copperwhite Helen O’Leary remarks, “I’m very aware of the collision between the old and new, destruction and rebuilding are very much a part of my practice. I think of how people construct lives and I construct paintings with awareness of the failures and foibles that are part and parcel of being alive. Painting is a language, we push it forward to keep it going.”

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Exhibiting artists

Helen O’Leary

Mary DeVincentis

Lizbeth Mitty

Peter Burns


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