Andrew Stevovich: The Truth About Lola
Andrew Stevovich may consider himself an abstract painter more concerned with meticulous composition than narrative, but don't tell that to the highly figurative characters who appear on his canvases. His deadpan narrative paintings, with their frozen moments of social interactions, are set in the contemporary world, though their crisp design, brilliant color and meticulous surfaces recall the early Italian Renaissance masters from Giotto to Botticelli. However, this exhibition of more than fifty paintings and drawings explores another facet of Stevovich's work: his relationship and inspiration drawn from twentieth-century German Expressionism. Lurking behind his figures' shifty gazes are nightclubs, neon, card games, and cocktails, all captured with an air of alienated decadence that link Stevovich directly to the tradition of artists like George Grosz and Max Beckman, known for their jaundiced looks at café society. Stevovich, born in Austria in 1948, moved with his family to Washington, D.C., as a young child, where he would spend time at the National Gallery of Art, inspired by both Renaissance and 20th century expressionism.
Andrew Stevovich: The Truth About Lola was organized by the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York. The exhibition and catalogue were made possible by Adelson Galleries.