Marc Straus

Gallery

Doug Argue

April 8 - May 20, 2018

Opening Reception
Sun April 8 2018, 5pm - 7pm

MARC STRAUS is pleased to present our inaugural solo exhibition of new paintings by American artist Doug Argue opening Sunday, April 8th, 5pm – 7pm. The exhibition will remain on view until May 20th, 2018.

Doug Argue is a consummate painter capable of prodigious works that straddle realism and abstraction. In “Genesis,” one of his three large paintings recently commissioned for the lobby of the new World Trade Center in New York City, Argue’s painting is veiled with sweeping swathes of crisply painted letters. It is as though we are placed “in the beginning,” witnessing a cosmic explosion. Argue freed the letters from the Book of Genesis making them available for the next generation to create the new meanings needed to move forward.

Argue comments, “there are many different histories in the world, and we often see things in the current moment, yet have no idea what lies beneath. One language is always turning into another, one generation is always rising and another falling, there is no still moment. I am trying to express this flux-this constant shifting of one thing over another, like a veil over the moment itself.”

In the new works for this exhibit, Argue looks to iconic historical paintings, such as the Warhol soup can as starting points to his broader investigation of language and its written system. Argue’s arresting interpretation of such recognizable images work in tandem with the fluxing letters to create a new visual paradigm. Single letters are at times legible, clustered they become abstract. They produce a sense of immediacy and movement; their energetic rush is like snow in the wind or the frenetic dance of bees en masse. Yet, they ground the overall composition with gravitas.

These letters once held stories but here accessibility flutters out. The viewer will recognize the Demoiselles of Picasso, or Mary Cassatt’s unconditional love between mother and child – but Argue intentionally painted them using images culled from the Internet for their inherent inaccuracies. Furthermore, in some paintings Argue rewrites histories and invents completely new compositions; for example a “Mondrian” that never was.

“I Have Known Rivers” sees text and image dance in visual harmony – we feel the lyrical rhythm of Langston Hughes‘ jazz poetry fly off his typewriter. In “The Triumph of Time,” Argue translates a still-life by 16th century Flemish painter Frans Snyders where stark letters stream in from the top left as an illuminating light-source. Fernand Léger’s use of bold graphic lines, forms and clear colors is summarized in the cheekily titled “Boogie Woogie.”

In his work Argue questions what is defined as realistic and abstract. Adumbrated as his works are, perhaps the tension is largely between the conceptual and the visual. In technique, his is a dichotomy of precision and painterly gesture. In content, his paintings are cerebral with interweaving narratives and layers of meaning. Argue expresses the flux of life, suggesting the passage of time, and how the past informs the present.

Doug Argue (b. 1962, Minnesota, United States) has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions including the Walker Art Center, Wiseman Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN. His works are in the collections of numerous major public, private, and corporate collections including the Weisman Art Museum, where his large early work of a commercial chicken barn is on view. Argue has received multiple awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (1995) and the Prix de Rome (1997). The non-profit Save Venice Inc. presented Scattered Rhymes, an exhibition of four monumental paintings by Argue held in conjunction with the 2015 Venice Biennale. Argue is represented by MARC STRAUS in New York.

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Works In Exhibition
Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
50 x 62 in (127 x 157.5cm)  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Boogie Woogie

2018
Oil on Canvas
50 x 62 in (127 x 157.5cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 in (152.4 x 152.4cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Shadows and Light

2018
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 in (152.4 x 152.4cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
55 x 70 in (139.7 x 177.8cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Neither Here or There

2018
Oil on Canvas
55 x 70 in (139.7 x 177.8cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
58 x 45 in (147.3 x 114.3cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Tomato Soup

2018
Oil on Canvas
58 x 45 in (147.3 x 114.3cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
55 x 73 in (139 x 185.4cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
The Triumph of Time

2018
Oil on Canvas
55 x 73 in (139 x 185.4cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
71 x 72 in (180.3 x 182.9cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
The Snail

2018
Oil on Canvas
71 x 72 in (180.3 x 182.9cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
70 x 73 in (177.8 x 185.4cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
The Neighborhood

2018
Oil on Canvas
70 x 73 in (177.8 x 185.4cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
58 x 75 in (147.3 x 190.5cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Ghosts

2018
Oil on Canvas
58 x 75 in (147.3 x 190.5cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
43 x 31 in (109 x 78.7cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Mother and Child

2018
Oil on Canvas
43 x 31 in (109 x 78.7cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
45 x 62.5 in (114.3 x 158.8cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Magic Mountain

2018
Oil on Canvas
45 x 62.5 in (114.3 x 158.8cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
29 x 39 in (73.7 x 99cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Lost At Sea

2018
Oil on Canvas
29 x 39 in (73.7 x 99cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
58 x 58 in (147.3 x 147.3cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Tea Party

2018
Oil on Canvas
58 x 58 in (147.3 x 147.3cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
62 x 50 in (157.5 x 127cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Eros

2018
Oil on Canvas
62 x 50 in (157.5 x 127cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
55.5 x 54.5 in (141 x 138.4cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Consequences

2018
Oil on Canvas
55.5 x 54.5 in (141 x 138.4cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
55.5 x 54.5 in (141 x 138.4cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Babylon

2018
Oil on Canvas
55.5 x 54.5 in (141 x 138.4cm)

Doug Argue 2018
Oil on Canvas
45 x 58 in (114.3 x 147.3cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
I Have Known Rivers

2018
Oil on Canvas
45 x 58 in (114.3 x 147.3cm)

Doug Argue 2017
Oil on Canvas
99 x 95 in (251.5 x 241 cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Footfalls Echo in the Memory

2017
Oil on Canvas
99 x 95 in (251.5 x 241 cm)

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