New York

Nadezda Prvulovic

Art et Industrie

Entitled “United,” this engaging exhibition comprised six monumental gouaches on paper on canvas selected from Nadezda Prvulovic’s series of paintings depicting steel blast furnaces. The series, which dates from the early ’80s, was inspired by a glimpse of the abandoned melting cauldrons that dot the outskirts of the French industrial town of Thionville which the artist once passed through. In 1984, when Yugoslavian-born Prvulovic settled in the United States, the specific locations depicted in the first paintings in this series became more generic evocations of the machine age. Recalling Bernd and Hilla Becher’s documentary views of industrial landscapes, Prvulovic’s most recent additions to this body of work-in-progress, which are painted from photographs found in trade magazines and other publications, are predominantly monochromatic or black and white, the images deliberately flattened.

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