Marc Selwyn Fine Art presents Tony Feher, the gallery’s first exhibition of works by the artist. An opening art party was held on September 22, 2023. However, the exhibition will remain on view through October 28, 2023.
Marc Selwyn Tony Feher
Recognized for his subtle elegant sculptures, Feher references Minimalism yet upends the genre’s tradition through his choice of materials. His compositions employ bottles, glassware as well as plastic bags. the detritus of everyday life. Then the artist transformed these familiar banal objects into evocative studies of color and form. With each meticulously refined construction, the artist evokes wonder and pathos in equal measure.
Though open about the poignant sensibility in his work, Feher maintained that he was “…not trying to make things to illustrate a point or to create a specific metaphor, but if you’re successful in stripping away the identity of all these objects that you’re using, then you have the possibility of a new interpretation. There’s no need to justify the work. Its very existence is its own justification, and then you interpret it or define it from there.”
Born in 1956, Feher abandoned a career in architecture and headed to New York to establish a new professional life in 1981. Feher’s evolution as an artist coincided with the explosion of the city’s AIDs epidemic. This context had a profound effect on the artist’s oeuvre.
This exhibition comprises thirteen works created between 2000-2015. Included are floor and hanging sculptures, an electric light work and an example from one of his critically acclaimed series, Laying Between Green and Violet. These artworks feature materials extracted from the artist’s New York City environment such as depression glass, light bulbs, tape, rods, marbles and plastic water bottles.
The artist (b. 1956, Albuquerque, New Mexico; d. 2016, New York City) was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He time spent in Florida and Virginia. Feher received a BA in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Then in 1978 and worked for architects in Texas before moving to New York City in 1981.
Feher presented his first solo exhibition at Wooster Gardens in New York in 1993. He then went on to have over forty solo shows at galleries and institutions. Notable presentations include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Hessel Museum of Art at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and many more.
Additionally, his work is included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
On view: September 22, 2023 – October 28, 2023
What: Tony Feher
Where: Marc Selwyn Fine Art, 9953 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 90212
When: Running through October 28, 2023
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