About The Gallery at LPR:
After its first three years year of vastly successful music programming in (Le) Poisson Rouge’s main space, the venue is being recognized anew for its adjacent fine art gallery, aptly named The Gallery at LPR, which has already hosted exhibits by artists including Chuck Close, Devorah Sperber, Ofri Cnaani, Itamar Jobani, and David Ellis.
Operating independently from the main performance space, The Gallery at LPR affords established and emerging artists alike the opportunity to transcend the traditional art viewing setting and hours whilst providing exposure to larger and constant interdisciplinary art crowds. With this, The Gallery is ushering in a new and exciting way for patrons to experience fine art, tearing down the facade of the traditional art viewing milieu.
January 29th – April 28th, 2015
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Kaletski studied acting in Moscow from 1965 to 1969 and went on to a highly successful career on stage, television, and film productions. At the same time he held underground art shows and performed songs of protest. In 1975, fleeing political prosecution and the threat of arrest by the KGB, artist and author Alexander Kaletski left the USSR. He went first to Vienna for a week, then to Rome for a month, and finally New York where he initially lived in a welfare hotel, then a room in Queens and finally an East Side studio he still uses today.
Kaletski’s first love was always painting. As a child he won several art competitions. At the time, in Soviet Russia only officially designated artists were allowed to legally sell their work, which was forbidden to be abstract, surreal or critical of Soviet life. Kaletski refused to paint in a style of socialist realism. But he painted anyway and went underground, where he found a thriving culture that provided him with an audience for his art. In the Moscow underground Kaletski was working on the series of watercolors which he was selling to the foreigners on the black market. Leaving the USSR Kaletski carried with him these watercolors.
During that time in the Soviet Union, the works of unsanctioned or “non conformist” painters were forbidden and exhibiting as an outsider was considered a serious crime. Forgoing other necessary belongings, the artist had to pay for the release of his own pieces. When Alexander arrived to America his watercolors were immediately exhibited in many Universities around the United States, constituting some of the earliest non-conformist art to be viewed in America. His works surprised audiences as they showed unexpectedly that behind the Iron Curtain existed not only gloom and sadness, but also humor, beauty and hope.
The first years in America as an artist without money to buy paint or canvas, Alexander was drawn by his natural talent for improvisation to the thousands of cardboard boxes that litter the streets of the Big Apple. Kaletski became enthralled with the high quality of disposable packing materials in the USA. For the artist, those boxes provided unique, if unusual, components for the creative process. Beginning with commercial cardboard packaging he collaged the material adding line and color. The resulting artwork reveals, informs, provokes, but most often, amuses the viewer.
In 1996 his Cardboard People show at Dillon Gallery became an instant success. Since then Alexander Kaletski has regularly exhibited his paintings in museum exhibitions in the USA and abroad (Austria, England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, and Japan) presenting to the audience the variety of styles, techniques and concepts.
John Lurie: The other side of The Great Wall of Fuck – September 9th 2014 – November 30th, 2014
Kate Casanova: Ornament – March 19th – June 16th 2014
Jonathan Auch: APOSTASY – November 6th-March 10th, 2013
The Gallery at LPR: HIGHLIGHTS – June 7th – November 6th, 2013
Leah Yerpe: Stellify – March 7 – June 6, 2013
3MB: Macaulay Culkin, Adam Green, and Toby Goodshank: “Leisure Inferno” – September 14, 2012 – March 4, 2013
Cedric Smith: “Cache-Misere” – September 24th, 2010 – December 28th, 2010
Alexander Kaletski: “Life of the Party” – June 22nd, 2010 – September 7th, 2010
David Ellis: Recollect – November 10, 2009 – December 2009
Itamar Jobani: “Tectonic Collisions” – May 27, 2009 – October10, 2009
Ofri Cnanni: “A Tale of Ends – January 21, 2009 – April 13, 2009
Chuck Close and Devorah Sperber: “Through the Looking Glass: Image and Process Deconstructed” – September 23, 2008 – December 9, 2008