In the fall of 1983, a new gallery Spiritual America opened at 5 Rivington Street to little fanfare. Their inauguration featured Richard Prince's now-iconic image of a young Brooke Shields. Their fourth and final exhibition was a group show, Pop, including Jeff Koons, Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman. In between these projects, Peter Nadin hung a series of fruit paintings, Still Life, which half gallery is pleased to be re-presenting.
The pictures from 1979-1983 vary wildly in their style (some impasto, some surrealist, some incorporating text) and follow an apostolic succession - in the secular sense - dating back to de Chirico, Picasso, Cézanne, Caravaggio and countless masters before them. Nadin cites William Blake's Nobodaddy and Lewis Carroll's Boojum snark as the closest articulation of what he was experiencing then, both personally and creatively. In retrospect, Nadin views the chronology of his still life paintings as a reflection of his psychological regression at the time. What began as a polite set of interiors, literally flew out the window, crashing into the landscape and ultimately commingling with language from his poetry. Tanam Press published a compilation of his Still Life poems in conjunction with the December 1983 show.
More recently, Peter Nadin has exhibited at Gavin Brown's enterprise, Family Business and The Horticultural Society of New York.
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