October 20 - November 4, 2017

Reception: October 20th 6-8pm


Foley Gallery is pleased to present PASTORAL, a solo exhibition featuring paintings by HAESSLE curated by Ken Kim.

“The painting style of HAESSLE has been filled with barely contained force from the start, but his idiom has also developed and grown—this has happened despite the fact that a wild expressiveness has remained the first and foremost quality of his art.

In the work Haessle did as a young man, in the 1980s, there is a kind of brutalism to the painting, in which a roiling scheme of shapes that twist and turn is accentuated by a broad range of color, as happens in the 1983 work Capricorn in the this show.  Here we have the allover energy of abstract expressionism, but with seething masses of flat hue, which give the painting its considerable power.

Color in Haessle’s art is not so much a state as an event; the artist retrieves from color its ability to cast a spell on our gaze, but it is never static or quietist. Haessle often celebrates both art and life in his paintings, furthering our knowledge of both in compositions that break the back of traditional means of control. It is thus the feeling of the art we remember, not its conceptual origins.” – Jonathon Goodman 

Jean Marie Haessle was born in 1939 in Buhl, Haut-Rhin, France. Haessle moved to New York City in 1967 where he still lives and works. From the 1980 to 1990’s, he worked in France and Mexico. In recent years, HAESSLE has had numerous Museum exhibitions, including the Hillwood Art Museum, along with retrospective shows at the Korea University Museum in Seoul, Korea, the Keumsan Gallery and Namu Modern. In March of 2016, his exhibition Diaspora in Contemporary Art was installed at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nation.  In November 2017 he will have a major exhibition at Kodokan in Kyoto, Japan.

“Pastoral” will remain on view through November 4th, 2017. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 - 6pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. To request images, please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or