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“INTERFACING IDENTITIES”

Perfection of Form and Sculpture

Retrospective Exhibition

Proposal

Artist | Eleanora Kupencow

By | Krieger | Eley | Art Advisors


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Retrospective / Page 5

Concept Theme and approach of the exhibition / Page 6

Art Work Sculpture / Pages 7-14

Art Work The Evolution of Paintings / Pages 15-65

Educational Component / Page 66

Artist Bio / Pages 67-68

Artist Resume / Pages 69-71

Art Advisory / Pages 72-73


RETROSPECTIVE

Why A Retrospective?

Viewing Eleanora Kupencow’s work from the 1960s to the present one observes that her progress is linear: moving

from one stage to another in a sequential path. Beginning out of the chaos of the non-objective with the gradual

inclusion of myriad objects, all of her paintings reveal her signature bold colors and energetic brush strokes; these

representations of animals, birds, fish, trees, furniture, houses, buildings, bicycles and cars are earth-bound or are

flying in the heavens.

Her objects are culled from the Bible, myths, history, literature and dreams. Over many decades she has created her

own pictorial lexicon. In recent years some of these objects have become three-dimensional sculptures and FunSeetz

which are enjoyed by thousands as Public Art.

THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Why the Brooklyn Museum?

Eleanora Kupencow was born in Brooklyn – in Greenpoint. Her immigrant maternal grandparents owned a grocery

store, and her paternal grandparents owned a boarding house. Both families were active in settling Polish immigrants

in the community and were members of the church vestry which started the first bilingual school.

In 2006 Eleanora moved to Dumbo. In 2008 Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz chose her as one of 25

outstanding residents to include in his State of the Borough Address. Since residing in Dumbo, Eleanora has hosted

many gatherings for the Brooklyn arts community: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn Arts

Council, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Dumbo Improvement District, the White Wave Dance Company and the

BROOKLYNFashionIncubator.

In 2008, The Dumbo Improvement District asked her to exhibit her Dag Hammarskjold installation of the Arrows of

Time at the Pearl Street Triangle. In 2009, Eleanora was awarded the Magic Feather Award by the Dumbo

Improvement District. Since 2012, Eleanora exhibited six FunSeetz at the Old Fulton Plaza, Dumbo. Eleanora has

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CONCEPT

Title: “Interfacing Identities” | Perfection through color and form

Theme and approach of the exhibition:

Diverse cultural influences within a tapestry of collective identities inform Eleanora Kupencow’s art. The

scope, color and vision of her work are abundant with forms and patterns in motion.

These works awaken universality and invite inclusiveness. This body of work begs the question of what is

common ground in your own cultural identity, your community, society or family. Whatever your cultural

influences, her exhibition is a reflection of shared identities. It is a lesson in convergence of culture and

speaks to cultural globalization as the canon.

Eleanora’s work is uniquely suited to the Brooklyn Museum’s Mission: To create inspiring encounters with

art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities.

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SCULPTURE

Powder-coated aluminum, sizes range 10' X 35' to 4.5' X 3.5’

Private collections: Dumbo, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Hamptons, NY.

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EVOLUTION OF PAINTINGS

1960s - Present

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EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT

Experience:

Eleanora has taught children and adults in many settings, public and private schools, camps,

colleges and museums.

She has designed a wide range of projects ranging from children with special needs to

instructing Sunday school teachers to design their own art projects using found objects and or

donated materials in low-income communities.

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ARTIST BIO

ELEANORA KUPENCOW -- “Speaking through Color and Form”

Eleanora Kupencow’s earliest artwork was done in the stroller or on the subway about which her

mother would say “Stop drawing in the air!” As the youngest of four children who could all draw

what they saw, Kupencow learned by watching her siblings’ busy hands. Since her father was a

printer there were reams of paper. All this was done on the Persian carpet whose geometry and

flat perspective still inform her work.

Her lifelong love of primary color can be traced to her having seen the movie the “Wizard of Oz,”

where she traveled from the black and white world of Greenpoint (her Kansas) over the Rainbow

to Oz. Not until she studied with Evsa Model was her dream realized. Unlike her previous teachers

Evsa did not emphasis drawing and perspective; it was all about color and form. Thereafter, her

work exploded into a fusion of primary-colored shapes and figures in motion.

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BIO | Page Two

Patterns and Repetition

Patterns are present in the work but are not so balanced as to be symmetrical, or to be

predictable to the viewer. The element of surprise is essential. In her work, figures are often

engaged in running, dancing or rollerskating -- often appearing to go over one edge of the

painting and to return on the other. According to Kupencow, whose paintings can be viewed

upside-down or sideways, “A painting ‘works” if it is always in harmony with itself, as if all of

its parts have grown out of the same garden. My paintings are about color and form. I want

the viewer’s eyes to move around the canvas because of the way I place the colors.”

Paintings Give Birth to Sculpture

More than a dozen years ago, after a lifetime of painting, Kupencow took her images from the

canvas and brought them to life in three dimension. Her variety of whimsical “people’ and

“animals” is seemingly endless. Created in powder-coated aluminum, these creatures can

range in size from six inches to more than sixteen feet in height. Many stand on pedestals as

imposing-yet-engaging sculptures, while others serve a practical function as FunSeetz, which

can be found in numerous public places, including the Old Fulton Plaza in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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RESUME | Part 1

EDUCATION

B.A., Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY

M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Studied under Evsa Model for five years, New York, NY

SCULPTURE EXHIBITIONS | 2015-2017

Public Atrium at 180 Maiden Lane, New York City | Permanent installation, sculptures & Funseetz

2017 Split Level Gallery, Dumbo, New York |Solo Sculpture & Paintings

2016 Anderson Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY | Solo sculpture and paintings

2015 White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2014

• Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

• Exteriors Exhibit at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY | Permanent installation, Fun Seetz

2013 Old Fulton Plaza, Dumbo , NY | Permanent installation, Fun Seetz

2012 "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time," Children’s Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton, NY |

Permanent installation

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RESUME | Part 2

2011 Galerie Pananti, Florence, Italy | Solo Sculpture and Painting

2010 "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time," Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

| Permanent installation

2008 "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time," Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NY

2007 De Vos Museum at University of Northern Michigan, Marquette, MI | Solo Sculpture and Painting

2006

Cazenovia College | Permanent installation, Sculpture

Juried show in the garden at Victor D’Amico Library Amagansett, NY | Sculptures

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY | Solo Sculpture

2003

Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY | Recent Paintings

The Polish Institute of Arts and Science of America, PIASA Gallery, Recent Artworks, New York, NY | Painting

2000

Marymount Manhattan College, The Perfection of Play, New York, NY| Solo Sculpture and Painting

Horace Richter Gallery, The Perfection of Play, Tel Aviv, Israel | Painting

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RESUME | Part 3

1999 Elaine Benson Gallery, Paintings, Bridgehampton, NY | Painting

1980 Jacmel Gallery, New Hope, PA | Paintings

1970 Moravian College, , Bethlehem, PA | Retrospective

1969 Wickersham Gallery, New York, NY | Paintings

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

• White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton NY | Sculptures

• Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY | Sculptures, Fun Seetz

2006

• Victor D’Amico Library and Archives, Amagansett, NY | Sculptures

• Upfront Gallery, New York, NY

2005 Pattern and Pulse, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY

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• The Blue Sky Emerging Arts, The Sky’s the Limit, New York, NY

• MG/CVB Space, Works on Paper, NY

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• Southwest Minnesota State University, William Whipple Gallery, The Elements of Geometry, Marshall, MN

• Goldstrom Gallery/CVB Space, International Paper Exhibition, curated by Edward Evan, New York, NY

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KRIEGER | ELEY

Exceptional Art Experiences | Art Acquisitions | Site-Specific Productions

ABOUT US

KRIEGER | ELEY The Partnership of Norma Krieger and Susan Davis-Eley represents professional art

experience in branding, marketing and cross-promotion that collectively spans 30 years.

We have long recognized the symbiotic relationship between Art and Real Estate. With our exceptional

portfolio and world-class resources, we utilize our experience to enhance marketing and design efforts

of real estate and corporate entities. Our team specializes in offering outstanding audience-engaged

contemporary art experiences, exhibitions and installations to expand brand awareness and boost

luxury sales in high-end markets.

Through our portfolio of 25 established mid-career artists, Krieger | Eley proactively “brings art and

artists to an audience.” To that end, we curate site-specific art exhibitions and offer presentations to

select groups and corporations.

As charter members of AWAD (The Association of Women Art Dealers), the Krieger l Eley team has

insider access to a vast network of galleries and artists, both domestically and internationally.

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THANK YOU

KRIEGER | ELEY

Art Advisors

CONTACT

susan@kriegercreativegroup.com | norma@kriegercreativegroup.com

Susan Davis-Eley (917) 453-4081 Norma Krieger (336) 287-4706

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