The Sari Dienes Foundation is taking her works “back home” to New York City.
The foundation is presenting an exhibit entitled “After the Deluge: Sari Survives Irene!” from April 14 to June 2 at Ear Up! at the Ear Inn in New York City.
The exhibit at Ear Up! will have many of Dienes’s works which were salvaged from the destruction as well as additional drawings, collages, prints and assemblages, works from the 1930’s to 1990’s.
An auction of the work for the benefit of GAGA Arts Center will be held during the closing party from 4 to 8 p.m. June 2.
The Ear Up! Gallery is at 326 Spring St. at Washington St. (above the Ear Inn) . The opening reception goes from 4 to 8 p.m. April 14. Viewing is by appointment by calling 914-263-6716 or 845-354-4005; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Here’s some of the background about what happened, sent along from the GAGA Arts Center:
The extensive retrospective of the 60-year career of Sari Dienes (1898-1992), at the Garnerville Arts Center in Rockland County, was destroyed in the flood waters of Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Some 27 works were lost into the raging (Minisceongo) stream into the Hudson River. Only 19 works were recovered from the collapsing walls of the historic mill complex turned dynamic art center. No one was injured, but this was a tragic end to many fine works carefully selected and many exhibited for the first time by curators Joan Harmon and James Tyler.
This was not the first time Sari had suffered loss. She had her London studio home bombed out in WWII, her 57th St. NYC studio burnt out and her artworks stolen by galleristas in Europe. Somehow she continued with a dynamic spirit and continues to be an icon for the determination of artists in the face of destruction.
The estate Sari Dienes Foundation is sponsoring this small exhibit in the upstairs gallery of the historic Ear Inn – James Brown House, where Sari had shared quarters for 20 years. Her legacy as an independent artist inventing and transforming visions of art during her long life will be celebrated in this exhibit. Works displayed will include early drawings from the 1930’s to collages and prints from the 1950’s to assemblages from the 1990’s.
For more information: www.saridienes.org.