Rainbow Road

22.09.17 – 16.12.17
« My children had a video game called Mario Kart and if you could survive one level you moved on to an even more absurd and difficult one with crazier obstacles on and on until you reached Rainbow Road where you found the road was just ribbons of color in deep space with no guardrail or breaks where the only skill required was the ability to let go. ». 
— Joe Andoe, 2017.
 
The gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition of the American and New York based artist Joe Andoe (1955, USA).
Joe Andoe’s body of work includes paintings, drawings, videos, and writings.
His figurative painting is almost exclusively monochrome. The very specific texture reveals a thick layer of gesso, as well as the preparatory base on the substrates, and finally the delicate layer of oil painting for a slightly evanescent effect, strangely archaic but enduring nevertheless. The same can be said of his subjects: flowers, landscapes, cows and calves, wild and totemic animals such as horses, wolves, and bears, as well as roadsides. He prefers to define himself as a landscape painter.
Joe Andoe grew up out in the country in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and one can sense this legacy in his work:
« One time horses showed up. I didn’t know shit about horses except they are always around in East Tulsa. So when I painted the first one in my NY studio it resonated with me, as if they were symbol of what made me different from the 8 million of people outside. »
Later in New York, he began to paint female subjects, starting with his first love. He then painted a more recent series called Power Cosmic, depicting a succession of young women in dreamy poses, with generous shapes and "tie dye".
Apart from this capillary detail, everything in his paintings is timeless, liberating a troubling force. Andoe does not touch on contemporary movements or globalisation, he communicates on a deeper level of being, where even the most rational minds find themselves in direct contact with the mystical vibration of his compositions.
For 10 years Joe Andoe lived at the Chelsea Hotel where one of his big horse heads can be seen, and he tells a story about this in his book "Jubilee City", among other anecdotes and autobiographical reflections. He often sketches in small notebooks, later integrating these drawings into his videos, with sequences of found footage and read text, thus transforming his films into multimedia compositions.
"Rainbow Road", the title of the exhibition, echoes the multi-coloured backgrounds he sometimes uses as a variant to the black monochromes, but this choice is mostly ironic on Joe Andoe’s part, which can be seen as an absurd promise in contrast to the melancholy of the commonplace roadside scenes and landscapes.
 
Joe Andoe’s work  is present in many institutions’s collections like the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fisher Landau Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the dallas Museum of Art, among others.

« Mes enfants avaient un jeu vidéo appelé Mario Kart, où si tu pouvais survivre à un niveau tu accédais à un autre, encore plus absurde et difficile, avec des obstacles de plus en plus fous, jusqu’à atteindre Rainbow Road, où les routes n’étaient plus que rubans de couleur dans l’espace infini, sans glissières de sécurité ni pauses, et où la seule compétence requise était la capacité à laisser aller ».  Joe Andoe, 2017.

La galerie est heureuse de présenter sa première exposition de l’artiste américain basé à New York, Joe Andoe (1955, USA).
La pratique de Joe Andoe est composée de peinture, dessin, vidéo et écriture.
Sa peinture figurative est presque exclusivement monochrome. La texture très spécifique laisse apparaître sous l’huile une épaisse couche de gesso, ainsi que les gestes du recouvrement préparatoire, et enfin la peinture à l’huile en couche délicate, pour un effet légèrement évanescent, étrangement suranné et hors du temps. On peut en dire autant de ses sujets : fleurs, paysages, vaches et veaux, animaux sauvages et totémiques (chevaux, loups, ours), ou bords de route. Il aime se définir comme un peintre de paysages.
Joe Andoe a grandi à la campagne à Tulsa, et on sent cet héritage dans son travail :
« Une fois, des chevaux me sont apparus. Je ne connais rien aux chevaux, sauf qu'ils sont toujours là, à l’est de Tulsa. Donc, lorsque j'ai peint le premier dans mon studio de New York, ça a résonné en moi, comme s’il était le symbole de ce qui me différenciait des 8 millions de personnes autour. »
Plus tard à New York, il a aussi commencé à peindre des sujets féminins, en commençant par son premier amour jusqu’à une série plus récente appelée Power Cosmic, où une déclinaison de jeunes femmes aux formes généreuses, aux poses rêveuses et au « tie and dye » récurrent, nous replace le contexte.
Excepté ce détail capillaire, tout dans ses peintures est intemporel et dégage une force troublante. Andoe ne nous parle pas des gesticulations contemporaines ni de la globalisation, il communique à un niveau plus profond de l’être, où même l’esprit le plus rationnel se voit en contact direct avec la vibration mystique de ses compositions.
Joe Andoe a vécu pendant 10 ans au Chelsea Hotel (où trône une de ses grandes têtes de cheval), et raconte cela dans son livre « Jubilee City », entre autres histoires et réflexions autobiographiques. Il dessine aussi beaucoup dans des petits carnets, et intègre ses dessins à ses vidéos, avec des séquences de « found footage » et du texte lu, qui font de ses films des compositions multimédias.
Le titre de l’exposition « Rainbow Road » fait écho aux fonds multicolores qu’il utilise parfois comme variante aux monochromes noirs, mais ce choix est surtout ironique de la part de Joe Andoe, comme une promesse absurde en opposition à la mélancolie des scènes « banales » de ses bords de route et de ses paysages.
 
Le travail de Joe Andoe est présent dans de nombreuses institutions telles que le Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NY), le Metropolitan Museum of Art, le Whitney Museum of American Art, le Fisher Landau Center, le Los Angeles County Museum of Art, le Dallas Museum of Art, entre autres.
 

Born in 1955, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lives and works in New York.


Education    

M.F.A. University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 1981.



Solo exhibitions

2019     
Riverside Drive, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, CH
Jubilee City, Almine Rech Gallery, New York, NY


2018     
Rainbow Road 2, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2017     
Rainbow Road, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Power Cosmic, Fortnight Institute, New York
Horizon, University of Oklahoma Fred Jones Jr., Norman, OK

2015    
Superhighway, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York

2012    
fordPROJECT, New York

2007    
Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2005    
Joe Andoe: New Horse Paintings, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX

2004    
Joe Andoe: Paintings, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY

2003    
Joe Andoe: Town & Country, Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002    
Joe Andoe: Figures, Horses and Landscapes, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO
Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Samtuh, Chongdam-dong Kangnam, Korea

2001    
Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Joe Andoe: The Nebraska Paintings, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NB

2000    
Joe Andoe: Recent Paintings, SOMA Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Joe Andoe: What You See, University at Buffalo Art Gallery Research Center in Art & Culture, Buffalo, NY
Joe Andoe: Paintings, Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1999    
Horse X 12, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
Joe Andoe: Mares & Foals, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Joe Andoe: New Paintings, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO
KOPAC, Seoul, Korea

1998    
Joe Andoe: Dogs, Allene LaPides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Joe Andoe: Print Editions, Earl McGrath Gallery, New York, NY
Joe Andoe: Monotypes, Jon Oulman Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Meredith Long & Company, Houston, TX

1996    
Paintings on Paper, Joe Andoe, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY
Joe Andoe: Landscapes, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY

1995     
Joe Andoe: New Paintings, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Milliventi Sperone, Torino, Italy
Joe Andoe: New Paintings, Margulies Taplin Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

1993    
Joe Andoe: Prints, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
BlumHelman, New York, NY
Joe Andoe: Paintings, The Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1992    
Jason Rubell Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Joe Andoe: New Work, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

1991    
Joe Andoe: New Work, BlumHelman, New York, NY
Joe Andoe: Recent Prints, Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Recent Prints, Yodo Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Galerie Busche, Cologne, Germany

1990    
BlumHelman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Joe Andoe: New Work, The Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO
New Work: Joe Andoe, University of Oklahoma Museum of Art, Norman, OK
Joe Andoe: Oeuvres Récentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1989    
BlumHelman Gallery, New York, NY
Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
Michael Kohn, Los Angeles, CA

1988    
Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, NY
Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
Maloney Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1986    
White Columns White Room, New York, NY

1982    
Joe Andoe: new paintings, Oklahoma City Art Annex, Oklahoma City, OK



Group exhibitions

2020     
Portraits & Some Standing Figures, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva

2019     
Still Life: An Ongoing Story, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, CH

2018     
Stampede: Animals in Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA

2017     
White Trash (curated by Larry Clark), Lurhing Augustine Gallery, New York, NY
LIKE (curated by Richard Kern), Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva

2016    
Landscapes after Ruskin, Hall Foundation Reading, Vermont 
Boys and girls can still draw, Nathalie Karg gallery, New York

2006    
Die Jugend von heute/The Youth of Today, Shirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

2005    
Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art - for the young and the young at heart
Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
Life and Limb, Earl McGrath Gallery Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2003    
Summer Group Show, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY

2002    
Linger, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren, New York, NY
The Sensibility of the 80s #3, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland
Selections, Drawing Center, New York, NY

2001    
20th Anniversary “Bomb Magazine” Benefit Art Auction conducted by Sotheby’s, Eyebeam Atelier, Inc., New York, NY

2000     
Andoe, Oppenheim, Simonds, Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Exhibition, SOMA Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Animal magnetism, Bucknell Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Out West, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK

1999    
A Country of Mine, Up & Co., New York, NY
Summer 99 , Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY
80s Artists Then and Now, Elizabeth Mayer Fine Art, New York, NY
…This Tiny Spaceship, This Planet Earth, Ron Judish Fine Arts, Denver, CO

1998    
Group Show 1998
, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Summer, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Cornucopia, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY
Movements of Grace: Spirit in the American Landscape, Winston Wächter Fine Art,   New York, NY
Unframed VI - CRIA Benefit for AIDS : Joe Andoe, Donald Baecheler, John Baldessari, Sandro

1997    
Allegory, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
The Horse Re-Defined, Nave Museum, Victoria Regional Museum Association, Victoria, TX
Los Angeles Printmaking Society 14th National Exhibition, Laband Art Gallery, Loyola
Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Animal Kingdom, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
Still Life: The Object in American Art 1915 - 1995, from the collection of the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art, The New York Historical Society, New York, NY

1996    
In Bloom, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
Anima Mundi, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Land Inspired, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Summer Group Show, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Margulies Taplin Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
Body Language, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Selections from Solo Press, Albert Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Flora: Contemporary Artists and the World of Flowers, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Flora: Contemporary Artists and the World of Flowers, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN
Selections, Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Gallery, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Small Scale, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY

1995    
Flora: Contemporary Artists and the World of Flowers, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Flora: Contemporary Artists and the World of Flowers, Art Museum of South Eastern Texas, Beaumont, TX
Flora: Contemporary Artists and the World of Flowers, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, NM 
New York Noir, Allez Les Filles, Colombus, OH
Summer Group Show, BlumHelman Gallery, New York, NY
Selections from Solo Press, Gallery ‘72, Omaha, NB
The Horse Show: Images of the Horse in Contemporary Art, Sylvia White, Santa Monica, CA

1994    
Landscape/Not Landscape
, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
The Horse: Magic, Myth and Metaphor, Victoria Anstead Fine Art, New York, NY
A Garden, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
The Seer, O’Hara Fine Art, New York, NY
Works on paper, AOI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Summer Selections, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, BlumHelman Gallery, New York, NY
Painting, BlumHelman Gallery, New York, NY
The Secret Garden, Gallery 66, Cummings Arts Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT
Wildlife, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA
Selections from Solo Press, Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH

1993    
A Private View: Artists’ Photographs, BlumHelman, New York, NY
Invitational Show, A Private View: Artists’ Photographs, Sala Alternativa Galeria de Arte, Barcelona
Summer Group Show, Jay Gorney Modern, New York, NY
The Bestiary, BlumHelman, New York, NY
The Bestiary, International Bird Museum, Southampton, NY

1992    
PAINT, BlumHelman, New York, NY
Joe Andoe & Robert Stackhouse, Pace Prints, New York, NY
Joe Andoe & April Gornik: Recent Prints, Cleveland Center For Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
X6, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgewood, CT
Traveled to: Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Eco Art, Museo De Arte Moderna, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Summer Group Show, BlumHelman Warehouse, New York, NY
The Printed Image, Hastings Gallery, Hudson, NY
A/D, Peter Joseph Gallery, New York, NY

1991    
Monotypes, Pace Prints, New York, NY
Herbstsalon 1991: New Formalism - New Paintings from Los Angeles, New York, Edinburgh,                
Frankfurt and Cologne
, Busche Gallery, Cologne, Germany
A Bestiary, Paula Cooper, New York, NY
New Editions: June, Pace Prints, New York, NY
New Editions: December, Pace Prints, New York, NY

1990    
The Garden, A/D Gallery, New York, NY
Art Against AIDS, A Public Art Project, Washington, D.C.
Artists for Amnesty, BlumHelman Gallery, Germans van Eck Gallery, New York, NY
Act Up: Auction for Action, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary Landscapes, The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
Botanica: The Secret Life of Plants, Lehman College Art Gallery, The City University of New York, Bronx, NY
The Unique Print/70’s into 90’s, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
About Nature: a romantic impulse, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY
A Nature Show, The David & Alfred Smart Gallery, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Write in Water, Solo Press/Solo Gallery, New York, NY
Modern Masters IV (exhibition catalogue), Runkel Hue Williams, London, England
New Editions, Pace Prints, New York, NY

1989    
Joe Andoe, Katherine Bowling, Li Lin Lee, BlumHelman Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, BlumHelman Gallery, New York, NY
Cross, BlumHelman Gallery, New York, NY
The Elements: Sex, Politics, Money, and Religion, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
Landscape Constructions, Richard Green Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Small Scale Work, Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, NY
300 Years of Still Life, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Reinvention of Painting, Rastovsky Gallery, New York, NY

1988    
The Mystical Landscape, Maloney Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
Group Material: Aids And Democracy, DIA Art Foundation, New York, NY
Selections from the Drawing Center, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
Art of the Madonna, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

1987    
On Line, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
White Room Show, White Columns, New York, NY

1986    
Selection 35, Drawing Center, New York, NY
The Micro Show, E.V. Gallery, New York, NY

1985    
Attitude Art Invitational
, Attitude Art, New York, NY
Relative Meaning, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

1983    
Terminal New York, Brooklyn, NY

1982    
Down and Out in New York, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC


Public collections


Museum of Modern Art, New York   
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, New York
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Gallery of Art at Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth University
The Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan  
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Hall Art Foundation, Reading, VT  
Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Phillip Morris Collection, New York, New York
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri
University of Kentucky Museum of Art
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Colorado   


Published Stories

2007    
Jubilee City published by William Morrow

2003    
Bald Ego
 

Bomb Magazine

2002    
Open City