past exhibitions

andrew stevovich: a brief retrospective

june 1 - 30, 2019


Adelson Galleries has begun organizing a retrospective publication with Skira Editore of our gallery artist, Andrew Stevovich.  The book will dissect the artist’s entire career, from his earliest paintings in the 1960s to current work.  The book, which will be available in December 2019, will be following by a traveling museum exhibition.  As a preview to the publication and Museum tour, we had fun putting together this selection of paintings by Stevovich from the past 30 years (1989-2019).  For those who are unfamiliar with his painting, the exhibition will be an informative introduction to the artist’s work.  For others who know Andrew Stevovich, we know you will appreciate seeing the progression of the artist’s work over these past few decades and enjoy studying the differences between each piece.

The exhibition contains several solitary figure portraits as well as a few genre paintings.  Each are distinctively painted in the artist’s unique style.  Whether you look at “Woman with Envelope” from 1990, or “Woman with Camcorder” from 2013, one can immediately identify both as Stevovich; however, upon closer inspection, it is intriguing to notice the evolution of his technique: implementing deeper hued colors and sharpening angles of facial features, such as the lips and nose.  Several elements of his painting have remained consistent.  Compositional components, such as the body language through gesture within his narrative paintings, are an integral part of the artist’s ongoing oeuvre.  Notice the gesture in “Pizza Umberto” (1989) compared to “Couple with Apricots” (2004).  In each composition, the direction of the central figure’s hand dictates the meaning of each interaction.  In the former, a man holds his hand to his chest in pleasant surprise while the woman seated next to him holds her palm down – directing the server where to put the pizza.   In the latter, a man with a bowl of apricots approaches a woman who has her hand up.  The low, outward gesture indicates a refusal.  The simplicity of each composition contains the essence of a deeper conversation about relationship dynamics: the agreements and arguments that each relationship inevitably has to face. 

Our gallery has enjoyed almost 40 years working with Andrew Stevovich, and a scholarly retrospective publication is a monumental step in the artist’s career.  We are happy to help him celebrate, and bring awareness to this accomplishment by presenting this small retrospective exhibition.  All of the works in this exhibition are for sale, and some will be included in the publication and traveling museum tour.  Please inquire for more information.  We hope you enjoy this show!

Adam Adelson
Director, Adelson Cavalier Galleries