Mosaic is Light: Work by Jeanne Reynal, 1940-1970 accompanies Jeanne Reynal's major retrospective at Eric Firestone Gallery. The show is the first opportunity to fully examine Reynal’s significant contribution to post-World War II American art. On view will be work from the early 1940s through the 1970s, including works on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Sculpture Garden. Jeanne Reynal (1903 – 1983) was a mosaicist, and a first-generation New York School artist. She challenged expectations of the medium by creating, as she described, “a new art of mosaic, a contemporary and fresh look for this ancient medium.” Her work was largely abstract, and she was dedicated to the ways in which hand-cut stones and glass tiles, set on a bias, could reflect and create light across a surface. She applied tesserae (the tiles, stone, and shells she used to construct her mosaics) in loose formations, to a ground of pigmented cement. Her work was often subtle and painterly. Reynal’s work can be found in numerous institutional collections throughout the country, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Noguchi Foundation and Sculpture Garden; the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Eric Firestone Gallery represents the Jeanne Reynal Estate.
Publisher: Eric Firestone Press
Title: Mosaic is Light: Work by Jeanne Reynal, 1940-1970
Contributors: Jennifer Samet, Dakin Hart, Berit Potter
Publication Date: July 2021
Dimensions: 10 x 8 in