Danielle Riede
Nēnē-nui, 2017
Oil on canvas
30h x 40w in

Danielle Riede: Wingspan

November 16 – December 23, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16, 6 – 8 p.m.

547 West 27th St., Suite 207, New York, NY 10001    


New York, NY (Chelsea) – Garvey|Simon is pleased to present Danielle Riede: Wingspan, an exhibition featuring the artist’s recent abstract oil paintings. This will be the first solo show in New York and at Garvey|Simon for the Indiana-based artist. The opening reception will take place on November 16, 6-8 pm. The artist will be present.


Danielle Riede imbues her abstractions with lyricism and sensitivity, using dance, gesture, and movement patterns as the basis for her new paintings. A painter as well as a lifelong dancer, Riede translates movement through space to the surface of the canvas, and allows the nuance of her gesture to inform the inflection of her brushstroke. Riede captures the ephemerality of dance in her work and transforms her canvases into portraits of performance. Riede most recently collaborated with choreographer, Stephanie Nugent and performed her own work, “Mad River Echo,” at the premiere of BIG TENT at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


After receiving her BA from the University of Virginia, Riede attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze to study figure drawing. Shortly after, she relocated to Germany, where she studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under the tutelage of Daniel Buren, the father of the Parisian Conceptual group, BMPT.  Buren endorsed the removal of authorial presence from painting, reducing his canvases to repetitive visual motifs. Although apparently contradictory, it is the confluence of these two philosophies (figurative drawing and pure abstraction) that give Riede’s Wingspan paintings their sense of humanity. The precision and repetition of her shimmering, semi-sheer bands of oil paint are not mechanical. Instead, the undulating striations point back to the warmth and vitality of their human source. Riede’s Wingspan paintings flirt with the limits of figuration and abstraction, intuition and control. The highly personal handling of paint that pervades her work derives from what she refers to as, “the deconstruction and reimagining of the painting tradition.” Riede hones an intimate understanding of her material and its opacities, textures, and luminosities.


Riede explores not only the trajectories of her dance, but its durational quality in Nēnē-nui, 2017. The transparency of her looking tracks of oranges, lavenders, mahoganies, and pearls make visible the histories of her pathways. The intersections of these routes refer to a previous temporality, offering a painterly document of the life space of the performance.


About the Artist:

Danielle Felice Riede grew up in the United States and Iceland. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied under Daniel Buren at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. As an undergraduate student, Danielle completed her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in art and a minor in art history, at the University of Virginia. Riede also lived in Italy for four years and studied figure drawing at Accademia di Belle Arte di Firenze.


Danielle Riede has exhibited her work internationally since 2005. She had solo exhibitions in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Budapest, as well as group shows in numerous other countries. Nationally, her work has been shown in exhibitions at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.


Riede is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture and a New Frontiers Grant from Indiana University.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University.


For further information and to see more images, please visit garveysimon.com or contact Elizabeth Garvey at liz@garveysimon.com or 646-869-7637.