Rick Wester Fine Art, founded in 2004, is the primary showcase for a stable of emerging and mid-career artists, directed by Rick Wester. The gallery's program centers on its exhibition schedule, which has featured works by artists whose disciplines range from painting and photography to video, site specific installation, works on paper, sculpture and taxidermy. Known for his decades long expertise in photography, Rick Wester expanded the gallery's program in 2013 when he moved to the current location that originally featured three exhibition spaces.

The gallery's clientele includes important museum and institutional collections in the United States and Europe, as well as notable private collectors. We have shown work by artists ranging from young Asian and African artists in their 20s (Ange Ong, Kumie Tsuda and Ima Mfon) to giving older women artists their first solo shows in New York (Donna Ruff, born 1947) to exhibiting the same artist 5 times (Alyse Rosner).


Tom McGlynn, Control Group 4, 2019, Acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 inches

In this era which may or may not be the waning years of the MAGA movement, Tom McGlynn insists on converting all we take for granted as omnipotent – corporate identification, thus money, thus power – into as minimal a visual statement as possible.

During the COVID-19 lockdown his art is ever more urgent and of the moment. In his June 29, 2017 article for Vulture, 'The Art World Needs a Jolt. The Electricity is Coming From Some Surprising Places,' critic Jerry Saltz wrote, "Tom McGlynn – who was on the September 1991 cover of Artforum with an image that broke the heart in the classic "I [heart] NY" logo – writes how "tactical aesthetics and the systematic symbolization of the real are now employed by the radical right."

He traces this to Karl Rove, the Bush spokesmen, who dismissed "the reality-based community" and said, "we create our own reality." His dedication to the transformation of the generic visual culture he finds so prevalent in contemporary life into a lexicon of shapes and colors are the vehicle for his art. In this his recent work, McGlynn advances his approach through even bolder dismissals of observational art making.

Tom McGlynn is a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Sharpe-Walentas Residency in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Price: 8,500 USD

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