“Renée Riccardo is always on the look-out for new and exciting art and is often the first to discover great talent,” says Kinz. For the exhibition, Riccardo selected a group of emerging artists— Yevgeniya Baras, Osamu Kobayashi, Liz Nielsen, and Vargas-Suarez Universal—who “are all working with abstraction in painting and photography but their approaches are all very different,” Riccardo explained.
“Dr. Perrick,” 2012-2014 by Osamu Kobayashi.
Riccardo also selected artists Macklen Mayse and Hiba Schahbaz, who, she says, “are creating works that deal with self-portraiture, but they are universal images that could be of anyone.”
“Column Hug Series, Attempt #18,” 2013 by Macklen Mayse.
“We have great respect for her artwork, and we know that she has a sharp and wise eye,” Kinz said of Mickalene Thomas, who chose the work of an artist she knows very well, her studio manager Jeff Vreeland. “Jeff uses elements of collage to create compositions which are equally elegant and disturbed,” she says.
“Portrait #1,” 2013 by Jeffrey Vreeland.