Hudson River Museum
Yonkers, New York
Stone and Steel: Bridges by Bascove
Harlen River Bridges I, 1991, private collection
The Palisades Series, sponsored by the U.S. Trust Company of New York, is a series of one-person shows by contemporary regional artists at The Hudson River Museum. As part of this series, Stone and Steel: Bridges by Bascove is on view at the Museum from Oct 9, 1998 through Jan 3, 1999. Bascove's works have been exhibited in Paris and New York for over 10 years. She began painting bridges in the late 1970s when she lived in Paris, a few streets from the Seine, and continued when she returned to New York to an apartment near the Queensboro Bridge.
Her pencil drawings and oil paintings offer a unique perspective on New York City bridges. Dramatic angles, unusual cropping and foreshortened and flattened space characterize these powerful images. The artist's depictions, with spectacular skies and the undulating spans, give the subjects an anthropomorphic quality. Devoid of cars and pedestrians, Bascove's bridges resemble monolithic structures from an ancient age. She pushes beyond the power of concrete and steel to lead the viewer into a world of intrigue and drama. Most of her bridges are rendered in darkness, which adds to their mystenous quality.
The color pencil drawings on display serve as preliminary studies for the larger-scale oil paintings. The paintings are reproduced in Bascove's recently published book, Stone & Steel: Paintings and Writings Celebrating the Bridges of New York City. Included is prose and poetry by 34 writers, both past and present.
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