Donald Silverstein: Solstice, July 17 - August 15


Gallery Sakiko New York is pleased to present Donald Silverstein: Solstice.

This exhibition features a new selection of paintings by Donald Silverstein [1932-2004] and includes many works that have never been shown in a gallery context before.

The dark tonality of many of these paintings, as well as the stark contrasts found in their palette, have inspired the exhibition title. A solstice occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun. The name is derived from the Latin sol [sun] and sistere [to stand still], as at the solstices, the sun stands still in declination and before reversing direction.

Silverstein's use of line, which frequently inhabits the space in elliptical formations, alludes to astronomy, in particular solar and planetary systems. While devoid of distinct references his abstract work manifests as an open invitations, appealing to our imagination.

Born in 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Donald Silverstein was both an acclaimed illustrator and an established fine artist. His career as an illustrator began in Detroit in the early 1950s, where he worked at the Allied Artists art studio, the New Center Studios, and MDM Studios. It was not until the late 1960s after moving to London and later, New York City that he became increasingly focused on painting and by the 1980s he painted full time.


Gallery Sakiko New York

Established by Sakiko Silverstein in January 2006 as homage to her late husband, Gallery Sakiko New York specializes in contemporary painting, drawing and sculpture. In the spirit of Donald Silverstein and his lifelong dedication to the arts, the gallery continues to support emerging and mid-career artists from the U.S., Europe, and Asia, creating a podium for a multi-cultural dialogue.