Press Release
DON VAN VLIET: PAINTINGS FROM THE EIGHTIES
12 July 2001
UPPER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK
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Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by the American artist, Don Van Vliet.

Born in 1941 in Glendale, California, Van Vliet has been a painter for decades although he is more critically known in the United States for his unconventional career as the avant-garde musician and poet, Captain Beefheart. In 1982, Van Vliet relinquished his musical career to concentrate almost exclusively on his drawing and painting. Employing the broad gestures and imaginative subjectivity of the great American abstract expressionists, Pollock and de Kooning, Van Vliet injects their legacy with a unique vision. Fusing figures of nature and the spiritual with vivid abstraction, his work defies any simple categorization.

This exhibition will offer the rare opportunity to view Van Vliet's paintings from the mid-1980's. Van Vliet's work has been exhibited in museums in the United States and Europe, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bielefelder Kunstverein, the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. We will be closed 2 July through 4 July 2001 in observance of Independence Day, and 25 August through 3 September 2001.

For more information, please contact the gallery.