Exhibition

Silver

18 Nov 2021 – 7 Jan 2022

Regular hours

Thursday
11:00 – 18:00
Friday
11:00 – 16:00
Monday
11:00 – 16:00
Tuesday
11:00 – 16:00
Wednesday
11:00 – 16:00

DFN Projects

New York
New York, United States

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A Metalpoint Group Exhibition Organized by DFN Projects and New York Artists Equity

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As the seasons cycle towards year end, the city quickens for one last grand finale and displays a sublime picturesque of half lights, tracery branches and pearlescent skies heralding winter’s approach. We draw your attention to the subtlety of this scene--a nuanced play of light and movement as a gestural expression of archaic longing.  

Understated, yet meticulous, silverpoint drawings display a comparable hushed beauty.  

A technique employed by scribes, craftsmen and artists since ancient times, a silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver rod or wire across paper, parchment or panel support prepared with gesso or primer. Prized as a media capable of retaining fine details, silverpoint emerged as a favored drawing technique in the late Gothic and early Renaissance era—particularly in the Florentine and Flemish schools. Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael count among silverpoint’s master practitioners.   

The increasing availability and versatility of graphite and chalks in the 1500s, which allowed for greater gestural expression while requiring far less preparation and technical acuity, hastened silverpoint's demise.  Though some late practitioners, including artists Hendrick Goltzius and Rembrandt, retained the technique through the 17th century, the general trend amongst modern practitioners privileged media, such as natural chalks and charcoal, capable of producing immediate results. By the 18th century, silverpoint was considered obsolete.  

In our contemporary artworld, awash as it is with disposable images produced and consumed with speed, the currency of immediate results and brash gestures no longer retains any novel allure or real value. Discreet works, slowly wrought, now appears to be the more radical idea, as does the practice of draughtsmanship.   

 The artists assembled for “Silver” would concur.  Silverpoint drawings betray an outré sensibility and a paradoxical pursuit that is both understated yet alert and exacting.  Ultimately however, these works evoke a substantive and enduring triumph in a world prone to blunting erasure.  

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Curators

Lisa Lebofsky

Michael Gormley

Exhibiting artists

Lea Wight

Zane York

Phil Padwe

Ephraim Rubenstein

Lauren Amalia Redding

Darryl Babatunde Smith

Margaret Krug

Jeannine Cook

Lori Field

Tom Mazzullo

Dan Witz

Joshua Henderson

Joseph Smith

Jenny Walton

Margot Glass

Costa Vavagiakis

Steven Assael

Koo Schadler

Tamia Alston Ward

Sherry Camhy

Noah Buchanan

Diana Corvelle

Helena La Rota

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