Tucked within the bucolic rolling hills of Litchfield County is Kent Barns, a village of restored vintage barns that’s now residence to a farmers market, common retailer, bakery, bookstore, and maybe unexpectedly, a group of artwork galleries. Amongst them is Carol Corey High-quality Artwork, a must-visit haven of latest artwork based in 2020 by gallerist Carol Corey, who moved to Kent after the demise of her pal and enterprise accomplice Renato Danese, with whom she ran the acclaimed Chelsea gallery Danese/Corey for over 20 years. “Between his loss and the pandemic, I fully reevaluated my complete path,” says Corey.
As an alternative of taking Corey farther away from the artists she represented, the transfer from New York Metropolis to rural Connecticut really introduced Corey nearer to one in every of them: Roz Chast. A family identify to many, Chast (who additionally lives in Connecticut) is a superb interpreter of the on a regular basis whose hilarious, neuroses-addled cartoons and covers have appeared constantly within the New Yorker since 1978. “Roz is so revealing about her emotions and insecurities. It’s a very human connection that folks really feel to her work,” says Corey, who has represented Chast since 2012.
On the finish of August, Carol Corey High-quality Artwork opened its second exhibition of Chast’s work, “Roz Chast: Buildings, Bananas, and Past.” On view by October 1, the gathering of latest drawings and embroideries have been created over the past three years, whereas Chast had extra downtime to dedicate herself to her different creative passions. “Roz has at all times been actually artful, however she began doing embroidery in additional depth in the course of the pandemic,” says Corey.
The opening reception for the present will happen this Saturday, September 9 from 4 to 6pm, and contains an in-person look from Chast and fellow Ridgefield resident and visible artist, Karla Knight. The 2 might be discussing their shared curiosity in textiles, goals, and extra. Home of Books can even be on the gallery pre-selling copies of Chast’s forthcoming guide I Should Be Dreaming, in addition to her collaboration with Patricia Marx, the kids’s guide Drained City. Since each books are yet-to-be-released, visitors who pre-order both title on the reception will obtain a signed bookplate specifically designed by Chast for the occasion.
After the Chast reveals closes, the gallery will welcome “Dozier Bell: House,” a brand new exhibition from one other artist Corey has labored with for over a decade. “Dozier’s work is beautiful, and technically masterful,” says Corey. “She creates infinite areas inside these tiny works on paper which are typically solely about 3 x 5 inches in measurement.”
Working primarily from reminiscence, Bell’s small-scale work and drawings strongly evoke the pure environments of her coastal Maine upbringing, seen by an otherworldly lens.
With this present, she has launched human-made imagery, similar to constructing exteriors and interiors, not typically seen in her earlier work. “They pull at your heartstrings,” says Corey. “They really feel nostalgic and slightly melancholy, however extremely engaging on the similar time; like one thing you’ve misplaced that you simply as soon as treasured.”
The opening reception for “Dozier Bell: House” will happen Saturday, October 7 and the exhibition might be on view by November 12. For extra details about upcoming occasions and exhibitions at Carol Corey High-quality Artwork, go to Carolcoreyfineart.com.