Land of Immortals Exhibition Relocated
Tanja Grunert Salon at
The Princess Beatrix House
21 Prospect Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534
Land of Immortals, a landscape exhibition featuring the art of Paul Jacobsen, Katharine Umsted, Eric Wolf and an outstanding collection of Chinese Scholars’ Rocks has reopened in the brand-new Tanja Grunert Salon at The Princess Beatrix House in Hudson, NY where safe viewing of the artwork is possible.
On February 29th of this year, Land of Immortals opened as the second exhibition at Tanja Grunert Gallery in The Warehouse in Hudson, NY. Only two weeks later, due to the COVID19 outbreak, the venue was closed by order of the Governor. Rather than re-open in the same venue, Tanja Grunert chose to relocate her gallery to the impressive, historic “Princess Beatrix House” in Hudson, NY where visits can be more safely organized. Land of Immortals, will live on from the 29th of June through the 28th of July, in the fittingly remarkable new space.
The 1920 Tudor Cotswald Cottage, known as Princess Beatrix House, is part of the Rossman Avenue Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was originally built as the home of the founder of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Sitting high over the architecturally rich city of Hudson, NY, the home was named for Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands when she was received at this house on her official visit to Hudson in 1959. Her arrival was in celebration of the 350th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River. The first floor of the house now serves as the Tanja Grunert Salon.
Land of Immortals is curated around a remarkable collection of 36 Chinese Scholars’ Rocks, also known as Gongshi. Scholars’ Rocks are traditionally gazed upon in contemplation by academics. The aesthetic of a scholar’s rock is based on subtleties of color, shape with an appreciation of awkward or overhanging asymmetry, markings, and resonance of sound when struck. Scholars’ rocks are valued for their thinness, openness, perforations, and wrinkling. Scholars’ Rocks often resemble a mountainous landscape, in particular those in Chinese folklore that are inhabited by immortal beings.
The exhibition features four landscape paintings by Paul Jacobsen who grew up between New York City and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Two tondo oil mountainscapes were completed plein air at his home in the San Juan Mountains. Also on view are two paintings from digitally manipulated photos Jacobsen took while visiting Zion National Park in Utah. Jacobsen’s paintings are reminiscent of The Hudson River School and German Romanticism. Jacobsen’s use of camera and digital filters which manipulate lens flares, imbue his paintings with a contemporary take on the romantic spiritualism of the previous schools. Jacobsen’s paintings are also on display in his solo exhibition, Spiritual Surveillance, at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, CO.
Katharine Umsted’s landscapes on paper, also featured in this exhibition, are made with charcoal, tea and, upon occasion, a small amount of watercolor. While the paper is wet, she rubs off layers she wishes to remove using an eraser. Marks of abrasion are left behind in the paper as a memory of what was originally drawn. Umsted worked with two specific landscapes from her childhood to make the works in this exhibition. Her mother and stepfather trained hunting dogs and moved the family between two family farms each year following temperate weather. Umsted visited these farms, one in South Carolina and the other in Illinois, to create these artworks. The viewer has the experience of walking through these preserved memories of the landscapes of the artist’s childhood as if they are a storyboard for a film.
Eric Wolf made each of the pieces in this exhibition while on one of his frequent self-arranged camping residencies in Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine. Wolf works plein air finishing each artwork in one session using black ink on large paper. Wolf transcribes mountains, trees, water into graphic minimalist swirls and knots bringing to mind Japanese woodcuts.
The gallery has reopened in compliance with the New York State Department of Health guidelines regarding social distancing. To ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, artists, and community, visitors are asked to wear masks and sanitize hands before entering the gallery. Only two visitors at a time will be allowed in the gallery. Visitors' contact information will be collected as part of contact-tracing measures. We also request that you please refrain from visiting the gallery if you have symptoms such as a fever or cough.
The gallery will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12-6pm. Please provide a 15-minute notice that you will be arriving by texting or calling us at 646-944-6197, or by emailing email@example.com. This will ensure that the gallery can organize no more than 2 visitors at a time. You may be asked to wait on the grounds in an outdoor seating area until previous visitors have departed. You are also welcome to visit the exhibition during the week or outside of the open hours by making an appointment. If you would like to attend in a group larger than 2 people, please let us now.
We look forward to doing more exhibitions in this space and sharing wonderful art with one another in these strange times!