Exhibition Dates: September 16 – October 25, 2003
Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4, 6– 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The new Arthur Roger Gallery Project space at 730 Tchoupitoulas Street is presenting paintings and sculpture by Ida Kohlmeyer as its inaugural exhibit. This new 2100 square foot project space which was designed by architects Chrestia, Staub and Pierce, will present monthly exhibitions and installations in addition to the present gallery on Julia Street. The works in this exhibition by Ida Kohlmeyer include several marvelous grid paintings and metal sculptures created from 1983 through the time of her death in 1997 when she was still New Orleans’ most prominent artist.
Intended to commemorate Ida Kohlmeyer’s important place in the history of the Arthur Roger Gallery the exhibit was assembled over a period of two years and consists of virtually all the remaining distinctive grid format paintings and large and small scale boldly painted sculpture by the artist that are still available. Many of the works are from the Gimpel-Fils Gallery which represented Ida Kohlmeyer in London as well as work from the Kohlmeyer estate. The exhibit movingly recalls Ida Kohlmeyer’s painterly freedom and abiding exuberance.
The Renaissance Arts Hotel at 700 Tchoupitoulas in the Warehouse Arts District has the contemporary visual arts as its theme. Arthur Roger Gallery Project will also display sculpture in the two glass enclosed atriums on the second floor of the Renaissance Arts Hotel which provide a superb setting for displaying large scale sculpture. Artwork in some areas of the lobby and the atrium will also change.
The hotel’s collection featured in the impressive lobby includes a trio of brilliantly colored glass chandeliers by Dale Chihuly, Mitchell Gaudet’s translucent grid of Caribbean blue tiles which separates the lobby from the Hotel restaurant, a bronze kinetic water wall by Lin Emery and two large scale photomontages by Luis Cruz Azeceta.
Other artists presently exhibited in the hotel are Clyde Connell, Willie Birch, John Scott, Ida Kohlmeyer, Francis Pavy and Allison Stewart.
For further information please contact 504.522.1999 or visit the gallery web site: www.arthurrogergallery.com.