Phyllis Krim

American

About the artist:

Phyllis Krim has long been interested in the inherent beauty in mechanical objects. For the past few years she has been absorbed with the rendering of cars. The gorgeous and gleaming surfaces of her cars bring to mind F. Scott Fitzgerald, robber barons, and a host of associations from a more genteel period in American history. The American infatuation with the auto- mobile is legendary, the connections between the development of the automobile and recent American history are inseparable. These objects are, like show dogs, groomed and pampered, even adored. Objects of great pride and sentiment, they are a graphic representation of the American identification of ego with object, our inability to distinguish who we are from what we own. Ms. Krim clearly delights in the marvelous shapes and shining surfaces of her subjects. The cars she paints are carefully chosen, the best examples of the best industrial designers of that time. The artist equates them with the massive forms of sculpture. She is fascinated with the inherent energy in their design. Most of the pictures are devoid of any background except for a horizontal line placed high on the canvas and a hint of sky. In each painting the car is the main subject and dominates the entire canvas. Careful attention has been given by the artist toward faithfully capturing the myriad of surface reflections and highlights that play on the shiny surface of the car's body. Particular care is taken to reproduce the luster and sparkle of the chrome trim. Every detail of the cars, down to license plates and windshield wipers has been expertly duplicated. Krim paints with an energy and gusto that puts her cars into high gear. Individual Exhibitions 1973 Ferrari Showroom/Chinetti Galleries, New York 1974 Cordoba Gallery, New York Pontiac Arts Center, Pontiac, Michigan 1975 Ninth Annual "Ten Downtown", New York National Rod and Custom Car Show, New York Coliseum, New York 1976 New York University, Loeb Student Center, New York 1977 Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania Hershey Convention Center, Pennsylvania 1978 Marl Galleries, Woodstock, New York Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York 1979 Dorsky Galleries, New York National College Art Association, New York Long Island Automotive Museum, Southampton, L.I., N.Y. Collectors Cars Automotive Museum, Southampton, L.I., N.Y. 1979 Auto Expo, New York Coliseum, New York Collective Exhibitions 1973 Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York Adelphi University, Garden City, L.I., N.Y. 1974 The Mobile Art Gallery, Mobile, Alabama Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y. Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 1975 Sullivan County Art Museum, New York Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona Landmark Gallery, New York Walker Street Gallery, New York 1976 Terrain Gallery, New York Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, Ltd., New York Women's Interart Center, New York 1977 Woodstock Art Association, Woodstock, New York 1977 Star Turtle Gallery, New York 1978 William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Museum College of Art Philadelphia Print Club 1979 "Ten Downtown", Ten Years Documentation Show, Greene Street Gallery, New York

Phyllis Krim

American

(6 works)

About the artist:

Phyllis Krim has long been interested in the inherent beauty in mechanical objects. For the past few years she has been absorbed with the rendering of cars. The gorgeous and gleaming surfaces of her cars bring to mind F. Scott Fitzgerald, robber

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