The start of the September gallery season is now just about a month away, and it’s shaping up to be a wild one. A letter from the Mary Boone Gallery just landed on our desk stating that it will join forces with Michael Werner Gallery to host a three-gallery blowout show of work by German abstract painter Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902–68). It opens Sept. 7.
According to the gallery’s release, this is the “first significant presentation of Nay’s work in the United States since his death.” Indeed, Nay’s CV is filled with one-person shows in Europe, but he’s appeared in the U.S only rarely. (Paul Kasmin had him in a group show called “Color” back in 2005.)
Nay, whose mature work took the form of brushy abstract paintings, was labeled a “degenerate artist” by the Nazi government in the 1930s and subsequently lived for a time in Norway, thanks to funding from Edvard Munch. He participated in the first Documenta in 1955, and represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1956.
Werner and the Chelsea branch of Boone will show paintings by Nay, while Boone’s gallery in Midtown will show his drawings. The exhibition runs through Oct. 6.