Venus Over Manhattan Announces the Representation of the Estate of Maryan in Collaboration of Kamel Monnour
(New York, NY) – Adam Lindemann, founder of Venus Over Manhattan, is pleased to announced that the gallery now represents the estate of celebrated Polish-born artist Maryan in collaboration with Kamel Mennour, Paris. Born Pinkas Bursztyn in 1927 in Nowy Sacz, Poland, the man who later became known as Maryan grew up in a traditional working-class Jewish home. Today’s announcement by Venus Over Manhattan coincides with Kamel Mennour’s mono- graphic exhibition Maryan: Une peinture vérité, on view in Paris through May 28th. Venus Over Manhattan has mounted three presentations of Maryan’s work, including a recent solo exhibition at the gallery’s Upper East Side location, curated by artist Eddie Martinez.
At the end of World War II, Maryan moved between displaced persons camps across Europe, eventually settling for a time in Jerusalem, where he focused upon the develop- ment of his artistic practice. Seeking a larger creative community with which to engage, Maryan moved to Paris in the early 1950s, quickly becoming a preeminent figure in the post-war European neo-avant garde and exhibiting his work at the Galerie de France alongside Hans Hartung, Serge Poliakoff, Pierre Soulages, and Zao Wou-Ki, as well as at the Galerie Claude Bernard, where he showed with Francis Bacon, Balthus, and Peter Blake. Maryan’s work boldly rejected the popular taste for total abstraction in contemporary art, and his brightly colored, expressionist canvases were immediately met with positive response: he was commissioned to design a tapestry for the Monument to the Unknown Jewish Martyr in Paris, and was awarded the Prix des Critiques d’Art at the Paris Biennale. Exhibited to wide acclaim in the years before his death, Maryan’s works presaged not only the Neo-Expressionist figuration that dominated the New York art world in the 1980s, but also the contemporary prevalence of art that blends the techniques of abstraction with figurative subject matter.
Despite the growing renown for his work, Maryan suffered a series of break downs and emotional disturbances beginning in 1974, related to his experiences of the Holocaust. Maryan’s work has been the subject of numerous international solo presentations, includ- ing exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami; the Tel Aviv Museum; Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris; and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago. Venus Over Manhattan55 Great Jones St, NY, NY 10012120 East 65th St, NY, NY 10065
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