New York City - Gallery Sakiko New York is pleased to inaugurate the spring season with Allegro, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Donald Silverstein (1932-2004). The majority of these works were created during Silverstein's ten-year stay in Japan, a period that marked the pinnacle of his artistic career in terms of innovation, experimentation, and output. While living in Tokyo, Silverstein became increasingly interested in the designs and patterns used for traditional kimonos, as well as Japanese calligraphy.
In this context, a new sense of spontaneity and dynamism began to inform his works. Incorporating a wide range of materials, such as gouache, oil, ink, pens, and markers, these compositions share a strong concern for fusing vivid gestural drawing with distinctive color harmonies, and expressive form.
Referring to Silverstein's work of this time, Ed McCormack, editor of Gallery & Studio, stated that they appeared like hosts "of half-hidden allusions which transcend superficial appearances to provoke an inexplicable emotional response." On exhibition April 4 - May 26, 2007.
In 1949, Donald Silverstein graduated from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, Michigan. For years, he worked successfully as an illustrator and in 1974 he was the winner of the Best Children's Illustrator of the Year. In 1982, he moved to Japan with his wife Sakiko, where he worked for publishing houses and maintained a painting studio. He subsequently exhibited in several solo and group shows, most notably at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in (1984-85 and 1987); the Shirota Gallery in Tokyo (1992); and the Tenri Cultural Center in New York City (2003). Silverstein died at the age of 71 in New York City.
Gallery SAKIKO New York
Established by Sakiko Silverstein in January 2006 as homage to her late husband, Gallery Sakiko New York specializes in contemporary painting, drawing and sculpture. In the spirit of Donald Silverstein and his lifelong dedication to the arts, the gallery continues to support emerging and mid-career artists from the U.S., Europe, and Asia, creating a podium for a multi-cultural dialogue.