This retrospective exhibit, curated by Roy Slade, the former director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Cranbrook Art Museum, and Diana Enyedi, the artist’s surviving wife, evokes rust belt poetry and haunting landscapes.
(Sarasota, FL) Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Janos Enyedi: Images of Industry,” April 4-May 10. The exhibit showcases work by the late St. Petersburg-based artist, Janos Enyedi. Opening reception is April 4, 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.
This exhibit showcases Janos Enyedi’s wide-ranging work, including three-dimensional paintings, digital mixed-media, sculpture and photographs. The exhibit’s curators are Roy Slade, the former director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Cranbrook Art Museum, and Diana Enyedi, the artist’s surviving wife and the representative of the Janos Enyedi collection in St. Petersburg.
“Janos’ body of work is a whole—each piece contributes to an epic American story that he told across a lifetime,” says gallery director Allyn Gallup. “Roy and Diana selected work that distills that larger story into a self-contained narrative that stands on its own. It’s an amazing compression, and it’s unlikely these pieces will ever be seen together again.”
According to Gallup, Enyedi’s art evokes the haunting scope of America’s industrial and post-industrial landscapes. The artist’s two-dimensional work reveals glimpses of warehouses and abandoned mills, smokestacks; his three-dimensional constructivist pieces were actually assembled from fragments of that world. “It’s pure rust belt poetry,” Gallup says. “Janos’ work was his way of celebrating this world, and mourning its loss at the same time.”
Enyedi’s fascination with the vistas of American industry began when he was eight years old. He was enjoying a late afternoon car ride with his parents in Gary, Indiana, turned a corner—and saw a sudden, apocalyptic vision of factories and refineries, spewing fire and smoke into the dimming sky.
“I looked at it as pure visual imagery,” Enyedi once said. “The colors and forms and textures just stuck, with me all my life.”
“That vision burned on the artist’s memory,” says Gallup. “Janos spent the rest of his life trying to recreate it with works on paper and constructivist sculpture. Once you see his work, I’m confident your memory will be just as indelible.”
About Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art was established in 1991. Since the beginning, its founder, Allyn Gallup, has been committed to providing serious art to the community. Through this commitment, the gallery has earned the reputation as the leading place in southwest Florida to view contemporary art. The gallery’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, works on paper and prints by mid-career artists with well-established exhibition records. The gallery also occasionally showcases works by promising emerging artists. Visit www.allyngallup.com.