8:00 pm


CIMA is pleased to welcome celebrated American artist David Salle for a special evening on Metaphysical Painting from the artist’s perspective. In addition to discussing his own practice and new projects, Salle, “one of our most daring and intelligent painters” (as defined by art critic Deborah Solomon), will respond to the exhibition on view, offering contemporary perspectives on the works of Giorgio Morandi, Carlo Carrà, and Mario Sironi.

David Salle helped define the post-modern sensibility by combining figuration with an extremely varied pictorial language. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at museums and galleries worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MoMA Vienna; Menil Collection, Houston; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, Bilbao. His paintings are in the collections of many major museums, both here and abroad.

Although known primarily as a painter, Salle’s work grows out of a long-standing involvement with performance. Over the last 25 years he has worked extensively with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas. Their collaborations have been staged at venues throughout Europe and America, including The Metropolitan Opera House; The Paris Opera; Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Opera Deutsche, Berlin. In 1995, Salle directed the feature film Search and Destroy, starring Griffin Dunne and Christopher Walken. Salle is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. His collection of essays HOW TO SEE: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art, was published by W.W. Norton in 2016.

This special program will have discounted tickets for members and students.

Registration required.

Program schedule:

6pm – registration, aperitivo, and viewing of Metaphysical Masterpieces

6:15pm – program begins, followed by audience Q&A

8pm – evening concludes


Photo credit: David Salle, Grey Honeymoon, 2018–2019. Oil and acrylic on linen, 74 x 104 inches. © David Salle/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY courtesy of Skarstedt, NY.

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