Julie Langsam at Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery

The School of Art+Design is pleased to announce the exhibition Revisiting Paradise, comprised of Art+Design alumna Julie Langsam’s paintings and drawings, on view at the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery February 17- March 21, 2014. Thirty years after graduating from the School of Art+Design, Julie presents a new series of works that reflect on how the modernist architecture of the campus and its utopian ideals influenced her artistic practice. Langsam is best known for her paintings of iconic Modernist buildings designed by celebrated architects such as Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier. Within these paintings, the isolated buildings are positioned on the horizon line between an expansive and lustrous sky at sunset, and abstract color fields derived from Ad Reinhardt’s paintings from the 1950s. Here, she brings these paintings full circle to Purchase College, where the grand scale and the flatness of the buildings highlight the architectural legacy of the college, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes within a rural landscape in the early 1960s and ‘70s.

In Revisiting Paradise, Langsam will present a new series of watercolor paintings and graphite drawings based on images of the campus’ brutalist brick buildings and the original blueprints from the 1971 MoMA exhibition and catalogue Architecture for the Arts: The State University of New York College at Purchase, curated by Arthur Drexler. In returning to Purchase College and the Visual Arts Building, Julie continues to introduce new structures to her body of architectural scenes. Langsam will feature a site-specific painting on the gallery walls based on the original blueprints of the Neuberger Museum, layered and transformed by abstract color fields, selected randomly by chance. In further conversation with the architecture of the gallery and wall painting, she will unveil a site-specific floor piece made out of carpet based on the original designs of the Visual Arts Building.

Julie Langsam is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Now(here) at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NY; Building & Blueprints at Espai 8, Spain; and Floor Plan Prototypes, Reykjavik Art Gallery, Iceland. She is the recipient of the Pollock- Krasner Foundation Award, and is represented in collections throughout the United States. Julie received her BFA from Purchase College, SUNY in 1983 and a MFA from Queens College, CUNY in 1985.

The School of Art+Design, part of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, SUNY, offers premiere programs that prepare students for careers in the visual arts and design, as well as lives informed by aesthetic experience. The school honors tradition, encourages experimentation & collaboration, develops critical thinking, and embraces new concepts, materials, and technologies. A faculty of working artists is committed to creating a supportive climate in which students are passionate about learning to see, to think, to make, and to reflect. Our graduates are leaders in cultural production throughout the world.Located within the School of Art+Design, the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery presents exhibitions that provide professional context for students and interact with their daily classroom experience. The gallery’s program focuses on emerging artists, A+D alumni, current faculty, and student work.

School of the Arts exhibitions and programs in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery are supported, in part, by the Purchase College Foundation and through an endowment from Richard and Dolly Maass.


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Julie Langsam


Julie Langsam


Julie Langsam – Works available on Artsy (link)


Julie Langsam is a painter whose works examines the legacy of modernism within the context of the 21st century. Langsam has had numerous exhibitions, including a solo museum show at MOCA Cleveland; is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award; and is represented in corporate collections throughout the United States such as the Progressive Corporation, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and B&F Capital Markets, among others.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in NYC; Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY; Reykjavik Art Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland; and Espai 8 in Barcelona, Spain. Other solo exhibitions include Frederieke Taylor Gallery; Michael Steinberg Fine Art; and Clementine Gallery, all in New York City. Group exhibitions include the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; CCA Andratx in Mallorca, Spain; Caren Golden Fine Art, NYC; Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, NYC; Fondation Mona Bismarck, Paris, France; and the Drawing Center, NYC.

She has been written about in the New York Times; Art in America; Dwell Magazine; The Plain Dealer; BOMB Magazine; The New Jersey Star Ledger; NY Arts International; Artnet and ArtCritical.

Among Langsam’s other activities, she is curator of such exhibitions as Color as Structure at Frederieke Taylor Gallery in NYC and The Big Bang at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, OH. She is co-curator of the exhibitions Arte Povera American Style: Funk, Play, Poetry & Labor (CIA); It’s A Wonderful Life: Psychodrama in Contemporary Painting; House Case Study Cleveland; and Artist’s For A New Era (SPACES).

Langsam is the former Motto Endowed Chair and Head of Painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.


1985 Queens College, CUNY, MFA
1983-84 Pratt Institute, Graduate Fine Arts Program 1983 Purchase College, SUNY, BFA


New York Health & Hospitals Corporation The Cleveland Clinic
Progressive Insurance
Reader’s Digest
B&F Capital Markets
Numerous Private Collections


Joseph F. Motto Endowed Chair, Cleveland Institute of Art, 2007-2009
Faculty Development Award, Cleveland Institute of Art, 2007
Northern Ohio Live Award for Excellence in Arts Programming, Kacalieff Lecture Series, 2006 Faculty Development Award, Cleveland Institute of Art, 2007
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1994
Teaching Fellowship, Queens College, 1984-85 SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Julie Langsam: Tomorrow-land, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY

2014 Julie Langsam: Revisiting Paradise, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY (essay/brochure)
2013 Julie Langsam: Now(here), 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY
2013  Buildings & Blueprints, Espai 8, Barcelona, Spain
2012 Floor Plan Prototypes, Reykjavik Art Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
2008 Of Other Spaces, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
2005 From Here to Modernity, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY
2002 Julie Langsam: House Paintings, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art/MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
1999 Recent Work, Acme Art Co., Columbus, OH
1997 Julie Langsam, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Recent Work, Brownson Art Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY 1991 Julie Langsam: Recent Work, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ


2015 Julie Langsam: Tomorrow-land, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY
Paper Jam 2014, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
Higher Learning, curated by Danielle Tegeder, Lehman College Art Department, Bronx, NY
2013 Hold the Wall, curated by Dan Tranberg, The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
Oblique Strategies, curated by Emmy Mikelson, Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, NY 2012 Dirt Tongue, CCA Andratx, Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
2011 Put Up or Shut Up, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Benefit Show, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Paper Jam 2, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
Tenth Anniversary Invitational Part II, curated by Beth Rudin de Woody, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, NY
Chautauqua: A Continuum of Creativity, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY 2009 Social Structures, Art Gallery, Cleveland Clinic
2009 Social Structures, Art Gallery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, curated by Dede Young, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
2007 A House Is Not A Home, curated by Beth de Woody, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York
Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY
Momenta Art Benefit Show, White Columns, New York, NY
2006 Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens…Charlotte Becket & Julie Langsam, Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, OH
Process & Promise, curated by Amei Wallach, Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue) Dreaming Of A More Better Future, curated by Stuart Horodner & Saul Ostrow,Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland, OH
T-Zone, curated by Peter Dudek, SmackMellon, Brooklyn, NY2004 In Polytechnicolor, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY Spring Show, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York, NY Drawing Faculties, Tri-C Galleries West, Cleveland, OH
2003 Group Exhibition, Institut Franco-Americain, Rennes, France, traveled to Espace Melanie, Riec Sur Belon, Brittany, France, Fondation Mona Bismarck, Paris, France
2002 25th Anniversary Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY Five, Superior (An Exhibition Space), Cleveland, OH
Out of Place, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, OH
2000 Space Invaders, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Julie Langsam, Annabeth Rosen, University Gallery of Fine Art, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1996 This Ain’t Phony!!!, Art Initiatives, New York, NY
The Jack or Jill Show, Fourth World, Art Without Walls, New York, NY Momenta Art Benefit Show, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY Momenta Art Benefit Show, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Gotcha!, curated by Odili Donald Odita, Acme Art Co., Columbus, OH
1995 Works for a Funhouse, ES Vandam Gallery, New York, NY
Gotcha!, curated by Odili Donald Odita, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
1994 Split Image, Westminster Gallery, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ Organic Transgressions, Rome Art Center, Rome, NY
1991 Fabricant, Langsam, McGiff & Wright, curated by Robert Berlind, Visual Arts Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY 1987 Selections 35, The Drawing Center, New York, NY


2007 Langsam, Julie, catalogue essay, The Big Bang, curated by Julie Langsam, The Cleveland Institute of Art 2004 Cohen, Joanne, & Langsam, Julie, catalogue essay, It’s A Wonderful Life: Psychodrama In Contemporary
Painting, curated by Joanne Cohen & Julie Langsam, SPACES
2002 Langsam, Julie, catalogue essay, Arte Povera American Style: Funk, Play, Poetry & Labor, curated by Julie Langsam & Bruce Checefsky, The Cleveland Institute of Art


Hilmarsdottir, Lara, “Faest vith byggingarlist landslag og haleita fegurth,” Morgunbladid, 25 July, 2012 Tocci, Elora; “Impossibililty of Perfection…” The Chautauquan Daily, July 29, 2011
Gilmore, Jonathan; “Reviews; Julie Langsam at Frederieke Taylor”, Art in America, March, 2009 Carrier, David; “Pic of the Day” Artcritical.com, Dec 8, 2008 Ostrow, Saul; “Interview w/ Julie Langsam”, Julie Langsam: Of Other Spaces (catalogue) 2008
Carrier, David; “Julie Langsam’s Architectural Surrealism”, Julie Langsam: Of Other Spaces (catalogue) 2008
Genocchio, Ben; Today’s Landscape’s, Tomorrow’s Dystopia, NY Times, June 1, 2008
ArtWorks, Cameron, Dan; Lewis, Toby; Morrison, Tony, DAP, 2007
The Collector As Curator:Beth Rudin DeWoody , Saatchi Gallery Online, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/quick- critique/index.php?show_id=The+Collector+as+Curator–Beth+Rudin+DeWoody&
Process & Promise, curated by Toni Greenbaum, Edward Lebow,Margaret Matthews-Berenson & Amei Wallach, Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, NYC, full color catalogue
Henderson, Stephen, “Out of the Shadows” House Beautiful, February, 2005
Johnson, Ken, “Weekend Arts”, The New York Times, Dec 2, 2005
Utter, Doug, “Lonely At the Top” The Plain Dealer, October 28, 2005
George, Ben; Jones, Jeff, P., “From the Editors”, Fugue, University of Idaho, Summer 2005, Vol. 29
Keats, Jonathan, “The Art of Architecture” Dwell, September, 2003
Ostrow, Saul, “Julie Langsam” Bomb, Spring, 2003
Mansour, Judith, “Bring In the Funk”, Cleveland Magazine, Dec 2002
Bracken-Sparks, Amy, “Mélange, American Style” Northern Ohio Live, Nov 2002
Litt, Steven, “Art: House Plans…”, The Plain Dealer, Nov 9, 2002
“Interview with Dee Perry” Applause, WVIZ-TV & WCPN, aired Nov.14,16,17,2002
Litt, Steven, “Exhibits Focus on Lewis, Gehry … Unique Collaboration”, The Plain Dealer, Oct 6, 2002
Tranberg, Dan, “House: Case Study Cleveland” The Plain Dealer, June 5, 2002
Kalm, James, “ Reviews: Space Invaders @ Clementine”, NY Arts International , Feb 2000
Litt, Steven, “Gallery Reviews” , The Plain Dealer, Nov 24, 1998
“Interview with Dee Perry”, Around Noon, WCPN, aired Nov 25,1997, Cleveland, OH
Dailey, Meghan, “Stephen DiCillo & Julie Langsam @ Clementine Gallery, NY”, Art Net Magazine, Feb, 1997
Schoenfeld, Alissa, “Julie Langsam at Clementine Gallery” Critical Review, Jan 1997
Gallery Beat, episode# 016, aired Jan 18, 1997, New York, NY
The New York Times, Dec 22, 1996, reproduction- Arts & Leisure Guide
Litt, Steven, “Art Review”, The Plain Dealer, Nov 14, 1996
Gallery Beat, episode # 002, aired May 26, 1996, New York, NY
Davis,Caren, “Portrayals of Women” Brooklyn Woman, July 1996
“Acme Leaps Into February” Columbus Alive, Jan 31- Feb 6, 1996
Jacques, Geoffrey, “Gotcha! Momenta Art” Cover Magazine,Vol.10, No.1 Holidays, 1996
Gallery Beat episode #79, aired Sept 18, 1995, New York, NY
Chapman, Frances, “Momenta Art” Waterfront Week, Vol.5.19, Sept 21- Oct 4, 1995
Watkins, Eileen, “Art” New Jersey Star Ledger, March 22, 1991



through May 25th

Julie Langsam

This exhibition features several recent paintings from Langsam’s long-running series of banded montages that set nearly monochromatic, tightly rendered views of iconic modernist buildings on top of a band of gridded abstract motifs inspired by classic modernist paintings and beneath ominously lit skies that invoke Romantic landscape painting.  The skies are, in fact, loose renderings (rather than transcriptions) of skies from Hudson River landscape painting, but they also uncannily recall the pre-Romantic Baroque skies of Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647), who himself anticipated Goya in his St. Augustine cycle.  This circuitous route of painterly iconography underscores Langsam’s own “passion” for painting and Modernism, where even Romanticism is revealed to be a construct with foundations appearing close to two centuries earlier than what is held to be its historical moment.

The three spaces in her paintings are thematically linked and illusionistically self-cancelling.  The “landscape” is pure design, the “photographic” Corbusier or Neutra house refuses to be illuminated by either the pattern below or the ominous atmosphere above.  Langsam has described this conflicted space as a “ ‘nowhere’ – which can only exist in the fiction/reality of painting.” For Langsam, this “nowhere” is symptomatic of our desire for unrealizable sublimities proposed by Modernist ideals.  At the same time, she regards herself as just a susceptible to these same desires.  A lapsing Modernist, Langsam trades a narrow purity for enriching irony, while refusing to relinquish an ambition for a formal beauty and movement. Painting, for Langsam is a visual site for negotiating with her faith and disappointment.  Like a good nouveau realisme film, her paintings are funny, sad, and grand.

Stephen Westfall

Above: Le Corbusier Landscape (Villa Stein)
Oil on canvas 72″x96″

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