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Library hosts talk by art critic Kany, painter Frey

Jul 05, 2019
Jacket of Daniel Kany's new book on landscape painter Philip Frey.

Belfast — Author and art critic Daniel Kany and noted landscape painter Philip Frey, the subject of Kany's new book, will discuss the book and Frey's career in a free talk Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Philip Frey paints Maine’s harbors with a bold palette that captures the light and moods of the state. Kany and co-author Carl Little have published “Philip Frey: Here and Now,” the first in-depth look into Frey’s body of work. The book highlights Frey’s place in Maine’s contemporary art scene.

“Frey’s art occupies the nexus between contemporary painting and brushy traditionalism," Kany writes. "If there is a focus to this new direction in Maine painting, his art is it.” The book features Frey’s work alongside commentary from the authors and an introduction from curator George Kinghorn.

Philip Frey is a nationally exhibiting artist best known for his bold paintings of Maine’s coastline, landscape and working waterfronts. His primary focus is color and light, and the inherent forms found in nature, interiors and figures. He paints from direct perception, preferring the dynamic quality, richness and challenges of working from life.

In 2016, the University of Maine Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of Frey’s work. Frey studied at Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from Syracuse University. He lives in Down East Maine, where he maintains a full-time studio.

Daniel Kany is an art historian, art critic and freelance writer. More than 420 of his art critiques have appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Press Herald. Kany has authored dozens of catalogs, publications, and magazine articles about art and artists.

He serves on the editorial board of the Maine Arts Journal: The UMVA Quarterly and is an adjunct at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Kany studied at Bowdoin College and then at Johns Hopkins University. An experienced curator, he has been a director of the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Friesen Gallery, William Traver Gallery, and the Daniel Kany Gallery. He lives in Cumberland.

The talk is free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 207-338-3884, ext.10.


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