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Jay Milder: Unblotting the Rainbow

September 13 - November 10, 2019

Curated by:
Adam Zucker
Opening Reception:
Friday, September 27, 8pm

About the Exhibition


Jay Milder: Unblotting the Rainbow is a thematic exhibition that focuses on Jay Milder’s (b.1934) combination of Expressionist painting and mystical symbolism across six decades. The work in the show depicts Milder’s synthesis of religion, philosophy and global perspectives in order to present polyphonic narratives that express a plurality of consciousness and spirituality. Milder is well travelled and well versed in esoteric and familiar concepts. He filters his knowledge and experiences into his unique form of art that reflects the interconnection between the mind and body and the material and ethereal.


Jay Milder (b. 1934, Omaha, NE) is an American artist and seminal figure from the post-WWII American avant-garde art scene. He is one of the leading innovators of the East Coast Figurative Expressionist mode, which combined the spontaneity and formal elements of Abstract Expressionism with representational images and lucid narrative scenes. Since debuting his work during the 1950s, Milder has been the subject of multiple museum and gallery shows throughout North and South America, Europe and the Caribbean. Milder’s work has influenced generations of significant artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eduardo Kobra. His signature style has been defined by art historians and curators such as Peter Selz, Judith Stein, Martha Henry and Adam Zucker, as a fusion of painterly Expressionism, organic cubism and graffitti.


“The exhibition, Jay Milder: Unblotting the Rainbow, is a significant survey of Jay Milder’s works on canvas and paper between 1950 and today, focusing on his use of painterly Expressionism as a means to address physical and spiritual themes affecting the human condition. For Milder, it’s a return to exhibiting in Provincetown, a community that had a tremendous impact on his career. He first came to Provincetown roughly 61 years ago to experience the vibrant summer art colony and its pristine natural environment. The exhibition stands as a testament to a complicated relationship with this bountiful landscape, enjoyed by generations of artists and naturalists alike, reflecting an optimistic as well as a foreboding outlook on humankind’s impact on our world. Ultimately, the impact of his work is hopeful. By ‘unblotting the rainbow,’ we can remove the pollution, both literally and figuratively, that sullies the Earth and our connection with others, and allow ourselves to see our next steps more clearly.” – Adam Zucker

Image: Jay Milder, Noah’s Arc, (detail), 1991, Private Collection