Artworks by SACI Founder Jules Maidoff return “home” in Back in Town, opening November 29 at 6PM in the SACI NY Gallery.
Back in Town, an exhibition of paintings in the SACI New York Gallery, brings the work of Jules Maidoff – Bronx Native, Ex-Pat, Painter Draftsman, and SACI Founder – “home” again. The gallery is located in the Chelsea neighborhood where Jules lived as an art student, and is itself dedicated to representing alumni and faculty of SACI, the art school Jules founded in 1975 after relocating to Florence, Italy.
Elaborate interplays of color and form, the pieces in Back in Town draw on post-modern ideology, but contain influences based in movements such as abstract expressionism and formalism. The selected paintings represent a prolific practice spanning decades and continents in an exciting “New York homecoming.”
Back in Town is on view from November 29, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
Opening Reception: Nov. 29, 2018, 6PM-8PM
On View: November 29, 2018 to January 31, 2019
SACI New York Gallery
454 W 19th St, New York
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Art is a difficult activity to define, and seems ever more complicated to describe. I can try to go back into the head of the young man that I was, the art student living in Chelsea in the 1950s. My companions and I felt we were living in a new Paris, our minds filled with Hemingway and Orwell, Freud and Marx. We spent our days in the MoMA, the Whitney, and the 57th St. galleries, our nights in the famed clubs that have long since vanished. We believed we were at the center of where art was hatching in a most exciting and vital way.
Our arrogance was tempered by an awareness that one had to really work to produce art: that the hours at the parties, cafes, bars, political lectures and poetry readings, concerts and openings, had to be justified by a serious commitment to making. The research took place in the studio. It was a time when words such as “process” and “gestural” entered the art vocabulary, and the closely-held dictums of the artist’s role as a creative and political being were transforming. Getting rid of one’s false self became imperative to the artist, a personal yet universal language becoming the object of the quest.
My own work has evolved in fits and starts, but at its core has always remained an impulse to marry color and form to content. I try to communicate a sense of inevitability, the feeling that this particular image had to be made in this particular way. The craft of a picture should motivate the viewer to seek to unravel its metaphors. This reflects my desire to narrate a story with many different endings, as various as the people who view the work, perhaps, but all with a similar point of departure: my visual provocation. If a series of marks, icons, and forms, can cunningly suggest that the real subject is beyond the surface, then I have fulfilled part of my objective.
It gives me great pleasure to present this select group of works in New York as a sort of homecoming.
– Jules Maidoff
Jules Maidoff (b. 1933) grew up in the Bronx, NY where he attended the New York High School of Industrial Art and Cooper Union. In 1955, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College of New York. The following year, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship where he traveled to Florence, Italy. This sparked his affinity for the city and region.
Maidoff returned to New York in 1957, where he spent the next decade and a half exhibiting his artwork while working in graphic design and advertising. He permanently relocated to Italy in 1973. Settling in a small town near Arezzo, he offered art lessons out of his personal studio. In 1975, he founded Studio Arts College International in Florence.
Maidoff has exhibited internationally for over 60 years. His pieces are included in the collections of numerous prominent museums and institutions as well as by notable private collectors.
Learn more about Jules and his artwork on his website.