December 7, 2018

Petah Coyne at Galerie Lelong

Having Gone I Will Return - An exhibition of works by Petah Coyne, on view at Galerie Lelong in New York. Her use of rich velvets and tulle sweep the viewer into a melancholy fantastic world
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Having Gone I Will Return

An exhibition of works by Petah Coyne, on view at Galerie Lelong in New York, from September 13th – October 27th, 2018

‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York

Omg, this exhibition was like witnessing a beautiful, haunted, daydream. Her use of rich velvets and tulle sweep the viewer into a melancholy fantastic world, not too different from ones constructed by Tim Burton or Mark Ryden.

‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York

While at first glance this exhibition may seem to be all about beauty and grace..but it was actually inspired by a book called ‘The Doctor’s Wife,’ by Sawako Ariyoshi. 

The book describes a competitive relationship between a doctor’s wife and mother, which left Coyne contemplating the relationship between women and how our competition with one another is to only the advantage of the men involved.

“This is such a great time for women, but if we don’t evolve we’re just going to keep going around and around. I want to see my generation help the next generation.” - Petah Coyne
‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York

Petah has her own experience with this as stated in The New York Times

“A firsthand witness to how tensions can fracture a group of women, Ms. Coyne has spent five years photographing the early members of the Guerrilla Girls, the secret society of female artists that has been calling out art world sexism since 1985” - The New York Times
‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York
‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York
“It was such an interesting group of women and we wanted to make sure that everyone got credit for their work through the ages after they pass on,” - Petah Coyne (about the Guerrilla Girls)
‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York
Close up of from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New workYorka

Notable Press

Art News

The New York Times

The Brooklyn Rail

The Brooklyn Rail interview gives really great insight about Petah’s history, everywhere she lived (she’s part of a military family), and how she got her start in art.

‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York
Close up of work from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York

Petah has artworks in the collections of the following museums (but not limited to)

The Met, New York

the Whitney Museum of American Art

the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn

the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Close up of work from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York
‍Installation image from Petah Coyne's exhibition at Galerie Lelong in New York

She is represented by Galerie Lelong in New York since around 1998, and Jack Shainman previous to that. Check out her website here.

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